Mums, murals and moving on

Siblings Olivia and Cameron McTaggart returned home to the Shore late last month from the Commonwealth Games. As a parent, having a child representing their country in any capacity must be a great source of pride, and for the McTaggarts this was doubled in April when their son and daughter both represented New Zealand on the Gold Coast.

Behind high performance athletes is invariably a strong support team and, in most cases, this starts with mum and dad. Pole vaulter Olivia and weightlifter Cameron sing their parents’ praises as they share their Commonwealth Games experiences with readers and, to mark Mother’s Day on the 13th, publicly say ‘thanks mum’.

In this issue we have plenty of beautiful gift ideas to inspire you to shop locally for mum in our Shop the Shore pages, and our Eating Out guide is bursting with local restaurants and cafes to enjoy with the family. We also quiz local fashion fans and provide inspiration for updating your winter wardrobe. 

Featured Shore people include Sparrow Phillips, a man who has made his mark, many marks, on the Auckland art scene. The talented street artist from Devonport, also known as Component, has created colour where there was none with his stunning, commissioned large-scale artworks across Devonport, Takapuna, Milford and wider Auckland. He talked to Christine Young about life and work as a street artist. 

This month we feature the old and the new; the departure of Home Fabrics from the Takapuna main street after 60 years, and the arrival of a headline Techweek 2018 event at the B:Hive. Publisher Aidan Bennett takes a look back at the Home Fabrics business’s past and finds out about the plans for its future. He also scopes out high-tech developments at one of the Shore’s newest commercial projects, adding more weight to the ’Techapuna’ moniker this May. Kiwitech comes to the Smales Farm B:Hive site later this month and aims to showcase ‘Innovation That’s Good For The World’ as part of the Auckland-wide technology festival that last year attracted 20,000 people to over 280 events. This event being hosted on the Shore is indicative of the innovative thinking, action and collaboration happening here and is yet another reason to be proud of this part of the world. 

Enjoy May on the Shore...and thanks Mum.