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BEACH ACCESS with Matthew Braithwaite

The World Comes to Takapuna!

In Takapuna this month, you’ll have the most international experience possible without a passport!
The A-Class Catamaran World Championships and the Takapuna Beach Cup are drawing competitors and spectators from across the globe to our beautiful beach while the French Film Festival will be bringing us the best of contemporary French cinema.
If that’s not enough international action, you even have the chance to win a Hawaiian Holiday thanks to House of Travel Takapuna!
On the homegrown front, you can’t go past the Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival. With key events including Sun & Sound, the Family Beach Day and the Snapper Festival, this annual event is only going to get bigger and better.
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The Toast of Christmas Past
Christmas in Takapuna. The 2013 Takapuna Christmas Carnival was an overwhelming success due largely to the sensational local performers that took to the community stage. Singers, dancers, musicians and cheerleaders were the toast of the town, putting on a show that kept the crowds of carnival goers entertained and amazed throughout the night.
A huge thank you to Aidan Bennett who, with the support of Local Board member Grant Gillion and Parks Officer Matt Woodside, helped give Takapuna extra sparkle this Christmas by working overtime to light up the chestnut tree in Hurstmere Green in time for the Outdoor Christmas Movie Night.
And finally, congratulations to Jackie Kerridge, who had an extra special Christmas after being drawn as the lucky winner of the $10,000 Christmas Shopping Spree! Following a consultation with BNZ bankers, to help her be good with her money, Jackie hit the shops with her daughter for an unforgettable day.

Takapuna’s French Revolution
French Film Festival. Throughout February and March, Takapuna will experience a French revolution, as Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna co-hosts one of the largest French film festivals in the world, outside of France - The Alliance Française French Film Festival.
A special thank you to Lesley Simpson (Berkeley Cinemas Locations Manager) for her sensational efforts in bringing this premier cultural event to Takapuna.
The festival runs from the 28th of February until the 16th of March and will feature a mixture of hard-hitting drama and comedy, alongside spectacular animation and restored classics. -

All Hands on Deck (Chairs)
A-Class Catamaran World Championships. Whether you’re watching from the water or the seawall, make sure you don’t miss the excitement of seeing world-class sailors, including members of Emirates Team New Zealand, fighting it out on the water at the A-Class Catamaran World Championships in Takapuna, this month. With 60 sailors from 10 nations racing alongside 25 of New Zealand’s best A-Class sailors, the action on the water will be fast paced and hard fought.
There’s no charge for spectators so grab your deck chair and enjoy the racing.
5th – 16th February.

Paddle Power
Takapuna Beach Cup. With over 1000 national and international paddlers, the 2014 Takapuna Beach Cup is set to be a spectacular show of strength and determination set against the iconic backdrop of Rangitoto.
Various racing events will take place over three days, seeing competitors paddling through the waters of the Hauraki Gulf in
New Zealand’s premier outrigger and
paddle festival. 21st-23rd February.

Experience the Difference
Dr. Mobiles: Business of Excellence Winner. Congratulations to Dr. Mobiles who have been awarded as this month’s Business of Excellence due to the consistently exceptional customer experience testimonials they have received in the “Rate Our Service and WIN” survey.
Launched in February 2011, Dr. Mobiles began as a mobile phone repair business but have adapted to meet changing customer needs, now servicing smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops with a “No Fix - No Fee” policy.
With free delivery and a mobile repair service, you don’t even have to leave home or the office to see the Dr.
Dr Mobiles Ltd, 1 Huron Street, Takapuna. 09-551 5344 -

WIN a Hawaiian Holiday!
Shop in Takapuna and you could be packing your bags for paradise. Just spend $25 at any participating Takapuna business between the 7th of February and the 17th of March and you could be in to win return flights for two to Hawaii with Hawaiian Airlines and four nights accommodation at Vive Hotel Waikiki, thanks to House of Travel Takapuna!

Rate Our Service and WIN
Rate your customer experience in Takapuna and you could win one of our fantastic monthly prizes. Here are this month’s lucky winners:
Bliss Reflexology (80 Minute Massage Voucher) - D Pile. House of Travel Takapuna ($50 Voucher) - S Taylor. BNZ Takapuna (YouMoney Account with $50 kick-start) – A Redwood. The Elephant Wrestler ($50 Voucher) - C Lyne. Jam Organic Café ($50 Coffee Card) - P Rainey. Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe ($50 Voucher) - G McKenzie. Caffe Massimo (10 Free Coffees Card) – N Crump. Les Mills Takapuna (1 Month Free Membership) - S Sheeran. Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna (2 Free Movie Passes) – K Murrell. Paper Plus ($30 Voucher) – M Weatherley. Blunderbuss ($20 Voucher) – M Bramwell. Burger Fuel (2 Burger Vouchers) – C Pearce.

by Matthew Braithwaite