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As we move into May I have been thinking about the wonderful summer that we have had here in New Zealand, and particularly here on the (sunny) North Shore.
We are blessed with a mild climate, without the extremes that we witness in news coverage from other parts of the world. So when this mild climate is complemented with consistent temperatures in the mid-20's for months on end during the Summer and Autumn periods this place really does resemble paradise. Our beaches are popular and the waters sparkle. True bliss. There is nowhere else I would rather live!
And how good is my own 'hood' of Takapuna starting to look with some recent exciting additions to the landscape? The 'Main Beach' development of bars and eateries opposite Gould Reserve by the beach and the new Fortieth on Hurstmere laneway-type development opposite Hurstmere Green, are two examples of great additions that have enhanced the area. We are also eagerly awaiting the opening of Josh Emett's Madam Woo restaurant that is taking shape on Lake Road, by the carpark. We understand that it will open in late May or early June. Can't wait!
We are also making good progress on the world class all ages playground to be built on Gould Reserve on the Takapuna beachfront. For this issue I have provided an update by way of an interview with one of the key people giving his time and expertise to the project, Simon O'Connor of Sentinel Planning. The part he is playing is crucial.
Wasn't it also heartwarming during April how the whole of the country embraced remembering those who served with the ANZAC Commemorations. The fact that we are 100 years on since Gallipoli made it more significant, but I reckon we are becoming much better at commemorating these things than we used to be. I'm sure modern communication makes a big difference, but my hat goes off to the schools, rotary clubs, councils and business associations etc. who put a huge effort into ANZAC 2015 that ensured the community came together to commemorate and remember like never before.
And finally a big Happy Mothers Day to all, especially my mother Lillian – the best. This is a strong theme in this issue of Channel, as it should be. Make sure we spoil all our mums during May – and especially on the 10th.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 54 May 2015