• Aidan Bennett, Christine Young, Nikki Davidson, Heather Barker Vermeer and Crystal Sharp.
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Radiant, refreshed and raring to go?

Our cover star Terenzo Bozzone is. And so are we, as we head into another year of broadcasting the best of the Shore through Channel. 

This year we mark our 100th issue (in July) and that’s one of many reasons for us to love 2019 already. The blue skies and scorching days have given it a picture perfect start and we’ve loved getting ‘out & about’ amongst it, enjoying many Shore highlights over December and January. 

Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival was a fantastic example of what the Shore has had to offer this season, with locals and visitors enjoying family time, music, magic, food and beach activities on one of this summer’s hottest days. 

Encouraging visitors to the Shore is the aim of the Explore North Shore initiative, which sees three local business associations join forces to promote tourism in the area. Devonport, Milford and Takapuna Beach Business Associations are behind the project that aims to increase visitor numbers to the Shore. In this issue, we lend a hand to the initiative by showcasing some of the Shore’s highlights for visitors, and hope to provide fresh inspiration for locals too. 

Ahead of this issue, I enjoyed interviewing one of our homegrown sports stars Terenzo Bozzone at his Milford home. His career aspirations were dealt a major blow last year when he was involved in a heavy crash whilst out cycling on the road. We’re grateful that he was open to talking freely about this difficult time in his career, sharing his comeback story and using the experience to speak up about road behaviours to try to effect positive change. 

Creating positive change is the aim of the project Aidan Bennett has featured in this February issue. Aidan was enthused after speaking with Dr Lance O’Sullivan about Hato Petera College developments in Northcote and shares the story on page 62. 

We hope this issue will be well read on the beach, in the garden, on the deck; in sun that continues to shine over the month ahead…

Have fun this February. 

- Heather