It's summer and we're flying!

It's summer and we're flying!

Metaphorically, the team here at Channel has come flying into this year refreshed and ready to launch into all that Shore life has to offer in 2017. And quite literally, we hope to be physically flying when we launch over the water in the recently announced Birdman Festival this summer.

News of the event, to be held in Murrays Bay on Saturday 1st April (and it’s not an April Fool), prompted lots of laughs in the office as Aidan wrote up a feature on this spectacle that Channel, and our publisher Benefitz, has got right behind. The community event not only promises to be a laugh a minute, but will bring people to the Shore, show off creativity, and make some great memories. The new wharf has been a favourite jumping spot for many this summer, my boy included and it’ll be fun to see how far the birdmen - and women - can fly, or fall, from there in April. Get busy on your ideas now ready for lift off!

Some incredible young people on the Shore who are already taking off in their respective fields are honoured in this double issue, which combines the Northside magazine on the reverse. This annual publication celebrates the achievements and ambitions of the winners of the North Harbour Club’s AIMES Awards. Every year, we are staggered by the calibre of those receiving honours for excellence in their field, and our reverse cover acknowledges Olympic pole vaulting medallist Eliza McCartney as a shining example of this - she was named AIMES Supreme Award Winner. Northside magazine certainly provides assurance that the future of the Shore is in good hands. 

Falling in love is topical this month, and we had fun chatting to some gorgeous local couples about what makes their relationships work, ahead of this Valentine’s month. ‘Love on the Shore’ takes many forms and we’re grateful to those who allowed us an insight into their lives and love stories.

What constitutes progress is often questionable, but here at Channel we strive to keep positive about the Shore and enjoyed hearing Peter Wolfkamp’s take on future development for Devonport. The locally-based familiar face from The Block NZ and regular radio fixture discusses the changing face of village life - should it stay or should it grow? 

And finally, don’t be stuck for ideas on what to treat someone special with this February 14th, be love-inspired by our Valentine’s Shop the Shore gift guide. Go on, make someone’s day…

Keep flying this February!


By Heather Vermeer

Channel Magazine: Issue 73 February 2017

From The Team articles by Heather Vermeer