Walking Onwards and Upwards

Walking Onwards and Upwards

The image of the Westlake Boys entering the school through the new sculptural archway has significance beyond purely the physical. The striking artwork by Shore sculptor and former Westlaker Jeff Thomson, installed this summer, brings sacred meaning to the act of starting and leaving school. In his feature, Aidan Bennett uncovers the heartwarming story behind the new iconic archway, which pupils will enter through on their first day at school and leave via on their final day. It’s a stunning piece of visual art for all who pass by the school to admire and is well worthy of showing off on our cover this month we feel. 

Walking and wellbeing are strong topics in this magazine for March, which is Auckland Walk Month. Well-known Shore dynamo Red Lunday de Waal spared some time for an interview during her epic North to South solo trek of New Zealand ahead of this issue. As she neared the completion of the gruelling 3000km Te Araroa trail, Red relived some of the best and worse moments in her bid to raise $30,000 for Time To Thrive charity, which promotes fitness by providing bikes and inspiration from its Mangere base in South Auckland. We hope readers will get behind fitness and biking advocate Red in helping her meet her target by her ‘big birthday’ on April 8th. Most people would probably chose to throw a party, but Red chose to do something incredible and in doing so she’s making a real difference to lives. She certainly inspires me and I’ve been behind her all the way! 

The mental and physical health of Shore men are being given a boost at The Men’s Shed. A place where retired men can build, fix, and, importantly, socialise, this community project based in Glenfield is bringing people together crafting equipment for kindergartens, knocking together nesting boxes for wildlife projects and assembling Santa floats for Christmas parades. The centre is a win-win for all involved and we’re pleased to share this story, as well as introduce another exciting community project, Shore Junction. This centre for youth ‘where ideas collide and future paths forge’ is to be an innovation hub, based in the old Takapuna RSA building on Mary Poynton Crescent. Read all about this dynamic development for Shore youth in this issue. 

All the usual ‘Out & About’ social photos, Shop the Shore product ideas, and eating out inspiration are here. We’ve fit in a health and beauty section, plenty of people profiles and our popular arts and schools pages. 

We hope you enjoy having a read and that we inspire you to get your march on, this March! 


By Heather Vermeer

Channel Magazine: Issue 74 March 2017

From The Team articles by Heather Vermeer