Wow, it’s May already. This year is flying by.
As readers will be well aware of we love highlighting the good things that are happening in our community and this May issue is full to the brim with lots of it. It feels as if the Covid19 shackles are coming off a bit with events coming back on stream a bit more. It is great to see Tadpole Productions with a new production for May at The Pumphouse. Shirley Valentine, featuring Jackie Clarke, looks like one not to miss!
In this issue we have a key feature of Women in Business. Over the past 12 months business has been challenged like never before, testing our resilience. We chat to six different local business leaders about their experience of 2020 and 2021. It makes for interesting reading. Impressive people.
I always enjoy getting out into the community (on Channel Mag business) and that has been the case this month with the features I have done on Northbridge Retirement Village, Milford Cruising Club, Smales Farm’s Goodside precinct and Quest Takapuna. A mixture of not-for-proft, community and business entities that individually add value to our patch. The Milford Cruising Club will celebrate 100 years in 2023/24 and is just as relevant as it has ever been. Amazing.
On a personal note I have completed my 18 month stint as the chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. I now revert to being a member with a new chair in place for the remaining 18 months of the three year term. This was an arrangement agreed to from the start. I am proud of the role I have played in very challenging times and look forward to continuing to contribute as a hardworking elected member. I have provided a few observations in my final 'from the chair' column at the back of the magazine. I have also continued my treatment for my Melanoma problem as well and things are progressing well, being almost 50% of the way through a programme of Keytruda. I remain very hopeful of a good outcome.
I trust you enjoy reading another bumper issue of Channel. Have a great May.
Aidan Bennett, QSM
Publisher, Channel Magazine
Managing Director, Benefitz