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Making things’s a Kiwi thing. We were delighted to hear a couple of Shore grandparents are leading the charge to create what is, in widespread opinion, a much-needed playground in Takapuna.

The Shore boasts several excellent playgrounds from the Browns Bay’s ‘pirate ship’ design, down to Devonport’s Windsor Reserve, but Takapuna is missing out. For a beach and shopping destination to be without such a play facility is to do the children of this thriving suburb a disservice, and Takapuna Beach residents Jackie Kerridge and Chris Reeve are doing something about it.

Stumping up $100,000 of their own cash to help fund the project, this pair of passionate grandparents are intent on making this happen, and how. In his feature on page 26, Aidan Bennett tells how they hope to create one of the best playgrounds in the country right here on the Shore. You have to applaud their initiative, their community-mindedness, their generosity and their drive, and we here at Channel very much look forward to seeing this ambitious project plan become a reality.

Playing shouldn’t just be the domain of children though. As adults we often get too wrapped up in our own ‘busy-ness’ to stop and simply have fun, for fun’s sake. For many of us, ‘playing’ entails engaging in some kind of sporting activity. In this issue we feature several local sportspeople who love playing their chosen game. From the four talented young cricketing stars making it as professionals over in the UK during their summer season, to the 16-year-old riding the waves of success in powerboat racing, we celebrate the achievements of several local sportspeople this June.

Our rich crop of contributors present a wealth of information on subjects ranging from health and fitness to literature and local history for you to put your feet up and absorb. This month, 'Mr Grumbles' Simon Gundry takes a break as he's overseas.

Myself, Aidan and Claudia have been ‘Out & About on the Shore’ snapping local people at some of the social events being held during the last month, so see who you can spot.

Our Eating Out Guide provides inspiration on where to dine in June, while our arts section has ideas for events and exhibitions to attend. And we know many parents in the area enjoy our regular round-ups from the Shore’s secondary schools.

We also present Channel People, our Q & A features on local people and their pet, suburb, job or the community work they do. If you know someone who you think should be celebrated, drop us a line.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Channel, which I feel is dedicated quite simply to ‘the importance of play’. Have fun out there.

- Heather


by Heather Vermeer