We’ve made it! The end of the year is upon us and, I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted. Many of the lovely people I’ve spoken to in putting this issue together have volunteered this information too - it seems we’re all ready for a break in the sunshine!
In this issue, we find out what some of Channel’s columnists and contributors are looking forward to this summer and for the year ahead.
I’ll be looking forward to getting outdoors; to the beach, the bush, the hills - turning off the phone and connecting with nature. Our Outdoor Living feature this month tempts you to give e-bikes a try - I did last month and can’t rate them highly enough! And, in the disappointing absence of hover boards as we approach 2018, they seem the obvious transport of the future.
On the outdoor theme, Aidan chats to Shore students Jessica Martin and Guy Roberts, the latest recipients of Outward Bound Fianna Scholarships from the St Patrick’s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust. Christine delves into the pest-free peninsula project with an interview with Devonport’s Celia Walker about her key role in the initiative, and I got outdoors with Auckland’s youngest councillor, Richard Hills, who delighted in showing me the new Marlborough Park playground and youth centre facility on his home patch in Glenfield.
There are some cute seaside-influenced gift ideas in our summer Shop the Shore pages - I love the seashell lights from The Fairy Light Shop. And we have heaps of Out & About action, as always.
It’s been a pleasure sharing stories from some incredible Shore people this year. Our small team wishes you all a wonderful summer ahead…