Now in its 22nd year, the North Harbour Club's annual AIMES Awards Dinner has long been the gala event for the Shore, and 2017 was no different. Over 400 people get dressed up to celebrate excellence achieved by brilliant young locals across the fields of the Arts; Innovation; Music; Education; Sport; Service to the Community. The 2017 event happened to fall on Armistice Day, so that was the theme for the evening and attendees were entertained by past and present AIMES winners and the Royal New Zealand Artillery Band. MC was Shore local Judy Bailey. 23 youngsters received AIMES Awards grants valued at $200,000 in 2017 across the AIMES, AIMES Emerging Talent and Junior Excellence categories. The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust has made $2 million worth of AIMES Awards grants since its inception. The AIMES Supreme Award for 2017 went to Lewis Fry, a doctor, scientist and teacher who is currently undertaking a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.