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BEACH ACCESS with Matthew Braithwaite

Beach Access with Matthew Braithwaite, Takapuna Beach Business Association

Little Champions Welcome the Junior World Championship
The amazing students at Takapuna Primary School put on a fantastic show, as did the weather, when they hosted the Wales Junior World Championship squad for a morning of culture and sport. The culture group, bursting with talented youngsters, formally welcomed the players with a powhiri in front of their fellow students, teachers and parents. Thoroughly impressed, the Welsh captain thanked the group, in Welsh and English, before leading the squad and the school’s rugby fans to the field for a series of fun games and activities. Takapuna Primary kindly extended an invitation to fellow rugby enthusiasts within their sports cluster, including St. Josephs, Forrest Hill and Hauraki.
The morning came to a grand finale with the Welsh players banding together for a roaring rendition of their national anthem for the kids.

Junior World Championship Competition Winner
Congratulations to Irene Peters, winner of the Junior World Championship prize pack! Irene picked up a jersey signed by the Jr All Blacks as well as tickets to all the JWC matches, including the final at Eden Park.

Doing it for the Kids

If there was an award for the most family friendly mall on the Shore it would have to go to Shore City. The Shore City Coffee Group was a huge success with free week-day entertainment designed to educate and inspire the under 5’s with two hours of arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and story-telling, plus free coffee for mum or dad and a free fluffy for the kids. Then there’s Shore City’s new promotion, Dollars for Schools, which continues this month. They’re giving away a whopping $25,000 to five local schools in July as voted by the local community. You can find out more at
Shore City: Cnr Lake Road and Como Street, Takapuna. Ph: 09 978 6300

Dry July with Les Mills
How often do you get to raise money for charity by not doing something? Dry July is a light-hearted way to raise funds for a serious cause and the team at Les Mills Takapuna are getting right behind it.  Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go alcohol-free for a month to support adults living with cancer, giving your health and wellbeing a boost at the same time as raising funds for an important cause. Funds raised go towards creating better services and environments for adults with cancer, and their families. 
By signing up to the challenge and making even small improvements to your diet and exercise routine, participants can expect to experience a vast range of health benefits. In addition to this, Les Mills Takapuna are offering a free seven day pass to anyone who signs up for the Les Mills Dry July team. Sign up for your free Dry July Les Mills Seven Day Trial here:

Find out more here:

Les Mills Takapuna - Shore City, Cnr Lake Road & Como Street, Takapuna. PH: 09 488 9413.

LET’S GET OUTSIDE - it’s not only a statement, but also a new store at 11 Hurstmere Road, which will inspire more of us to do just that.
“Takapuna was an obvious choice for our second store after opening a Queenstown store over two years ago. The North Shore is such a beautiful area, how could you not be inspired every day to get outside and enjoy it, whatever the weather?” Says Nic Floyd General Manager of Nevada Sport, who are the New Zealand distributors of the internationally-renowned Merrell and Patagonia brands.
LET'S GET OUTSIDE is essentially “two stores under one roof” and showcases both Merrell and Patagonia brands separately in the one store. “This combination is working very well in our Queenstown store and the product mix will be slightly more urban and summer-orientated to match the North Shore lifestyle,” says owner Hamish Cochran.
“The Merrell brand is all about living and performing outside with style. There is no reason why you can’t look good wearing technical apparel and footwear. Patagonia’s vision is to build the best product without harming the environment, Patagonia make stunning dresses, swimwear, and merino garments, as well as rainwear and insulated jackets, ” says Hamish.
We have an awesome team in Takapuna, who are extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to help select the best product choices to enable customers to maximise their enjoyment in the outdoors.
LET'S GET OUTSIDE: 11 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. Ph: (09) 489 3204

Movie Magic at Berkeley Cinemas these Holidays!
If you’re looking to add some magic to these school holidays, fly in to Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna and catch the holiday hit, How to Train Your Dragon 2. 
The movie buffs at Berkeley don’t only love treating their guests to a magical cinema experience – they take things to the next level and offer you more. More movies, more entertainment, more fun and more value.  Every Sunday to Wednesday they bring big value at a small price with all 2D tickets at just $9.90 and 3D tickets at just $13.50 (available across all films but does exclude special event screenings).
To avoid missing out, check in regularly for upcoming movies at Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna – 32-34 Anzac St, Takapuna. Ph: (09) 488 6000

TBBA Platinum Sponsor Profile: BNZ Takapuna
Unique, inspirational and out of the box would be the best way to describe who we are... “BNZ Takapuna”.
Along with our experienced and diverse team here helping you “be good with money”, we are also dedicated to being out in our local community to support with anything we can.
BNZ has a dedicated day for all our staff, nationwide, where we’re “Closed for Good”. This means we close our doors for one day and BNZ staff head out, to roll up their sleeves and help in the community. This could be anything from helping our local charities like Plunket or a hospice, through to the smallest of jobs like weeding the gardens in our local schools or using our skills to help set business plans.
We are proud to be a platinum supporter of the TBBA (Takapuna Beach Business Association) and lend our premises to host some of the great functions, like the BMW Evening.  Along with this, we support our local businesses by hosting a “Connect” evening, bi-monthly on the first Tuesday of that month. This is a great opportunity for any local business to network with other businesses over a glass of wine. We look to our community for support of these evenings by providing interesting and informative speakers.
Our in-house team is here to help you make deliberate decisions to identify and implement your personalised financial strategy that aims to help you achieve your goals. This can be from Lauren MacKennzie in our wealth and investing sector through to Mikael Negri for small business.
We are proud to be a part of the Takapuna community. Come see us today.
BNZ Takapuna - 491 Lake Road, Takapuna. Ph: 0800 275 269.


by Matthew Braithwaite