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We started 2015 by celebrating changes in Takapuna with the arrival of the Main Beach strip of hospitality venues facing the sea. We end the year by shouting about more positive progressions for the suburb. This time, the summer spotlight is on Hurstmere Road.
It’s a strip with a rich retail past, which has encountered many of the highs and lows that other high streets the world over have experienced in boom times and during darker days. So much time, financial investment, commercial vision and personal energy has gone into moving this main road along to the stylish state it finds itself in this summer.
More and more, Hurstmere Road puts me in mind of Santa Monica - a boulevard by the beach, with a welcoming high energy and hip edge. It’s a strip to be proud of and one that will hopefully continue to attract more and more investment and higher and higher visitor numbers this summer. Takapuna deserves to be as much a ‘must see’ visitor destination as Devonport and Waiheke Island. And I’m excited to see how the place progresses in 2016 and beyond.
Putting together our summer issue is always fun. As we warm up to the ‘silly season’, we can almost sense those feet in the sand and the sun on our shoulders over the weeks to come.
The festive TV ads are in full swing and they never fail to provoke a tear or two. A Christmas classic is always the UK store John Lewis’s festive offering, which is always well shared on social media and is one to watch with a tissue handy. The message of the beautifully made ‘Man in the Moon’ theme it takes this year, being to ‘Show Someone They’re Loved This Christmas’. In the busy build up, and the relaxing rest I hope we all get following the festivities - make time to keep things simple, and spread a little love this holiday.
Simply put, we wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 61 December 2015 January 2016