We're buzzing - we're electric!
Christine Young, Aidan Bennett, Heather Vermeer, Crystal Sharp, Bridget Philips.

We're buzzing - we're electric!

The office is buzzing with the America’s Cup win as we go to print with our July issue. I'm sure there are many Shore people who will be riding the waves of celebration over the coming weeks with the homecoming and as more details emerge around the event’s return to our shores in four years’ time. The winning crew included young Shore cyclist Andy Maloney who helped pedal Emirates Team New Zealand to victory. We salute you!

We’re also buzzing in an electrical kind of way, with a new hybrid vehicle powering Channel around the Shore. The car’s striking graphics have been expertly designed and applied by Benefitz, of course. And MD / publisher Aidan has swapped his 4 x 4 for a fully electric, small car. 
It feels good to driving around with our gorgeous Shore scenery for all to see, and to be doing our bit to lower fuel emissions whilst quietly gliding to our ‘Out & About’ events!

This issue is dedicated to the strong arts communities we have here on the Shore. Every week we have something new to explore; from visual art exhibitions to musical theatre, dance productions to orchestral concerts. We love sharing news from many of our local arts venues each month and for our July issue, we profile several people on their own unique creative paths; from orchestral librarian to belly dancer.

Our cover features the multi-talented Hamish Mouat; a young creative making his mark early in life as a director, producer, choreographer, theatre awards judge and more. Hamish is a ‘Shore boy’ who has already plied his trade from Campbells Bay to California and back. He shares his story in this issue. 

To keep our sports quota up, Aidan chats to new GM of North Harbour Rugby, former Blues halfback, David Gibson.  We’re also celebrating more national sporting success with the All Blacks’ victory over the British and Irish Lions, and have photographs from a special QBE Lions Lunch event, as well as a players’ visit to Kristin School. 

Here’s to a jubilant July.


By Heather Vermeer

Channel Magazine: Issue 78 July 2017

From The Team articles by Heather Vermeer