Giving Our Children Our Best

Giving Our Children Our Best

We’re a school term through 2017 and it’s holiday time again. April is here with its seasonal change. And change is in the air at several of our local schools.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the new leader of Westlake Girls High School ahead of this issue. Jane Stanley is a woman whose enthusiasm is matched with experience and a genuine desire to make the most positive impact on young lives. My interview with her on page 42 gives readers an insight into the woman who will take up one of the country’s biggest teaching jobs after the Easter holidays. Change is also afoot at Pinehurst School, with a new Principal appointment being announced. Alex Reed, associate principal at Westlake Boys High, will take over the role in July from founding principal Sherida Penman Walters, who is retiring from the school after 26 years.

In this issue we give parents ideas of ways to entertain the little ones this Easter, besides eating chocolate eggs (Devonport Chocolates has some amazing ones and can even personalise them this year, by the way). There’s the annual Easter school holidays play by Tim Bray Productions showing at one of our iconic Shore venues The PumpHouse, which celebrates its milestone 40th anniversary this year. Takapuna Beach Business Association’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, on Saturday 8th, is always a winner - at least in incorporates activity with egg eating, and there are school holiday programmes at many of our fabulous local art spaces; Lake House Arts, Mairangi Art Centre and The Rose Centre amongst others. 

The World Masters Games is played out across several Shore venues later this month. This massive sporting spectacle to be held from 21st - 30th April is apparently the world’s largest multi-sport event. It’s an epic celebration of the lifelong love of sport held in a different country every four years. We chat to local sports enthusiasts - players and volunteers - about taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on home soil.

As always, we profile plenty of familiar Shore faces; Aidan talks to well known real estate Andrew Dorreen and local lawyer Tammy McLeod, and we introduce new columns from MP Jonathan Coleman and Devonport Business Association Chair Dianne Hale. 

We go green in our stylish Shop the Shore pages, as well as our Out & About round up of the St Patrick’s Day Hurstmere Hooley!  

Make the most of the month ahead.


By Heather Vermeer

Channel Magazine: Issue 75 April 2017

From The Team articles by Heather Vermeer