• Sonia Thursby, Elaine Dench, Jenna Broadhurst.
  • Liz Blackwell.
  • Teresa Riddell, Lianne Weir, Raele Kinsella.
  • Lynn Ellicott, Debbie Jones, Binty Bringans, Trevor Stanaway, Pat Houlihan.
  • Sharon Porter, Heather Budden, Jennifer Mahon.
  • Prue Tracy-Ingles, Linda Dines, Janelle Wylie, Judi Scanlan, Wendy Stedman.
  • Michelle Bennett, Ness Donaldson, Sue Noble, Aidan Bennett.

Supporting the Shore’s youth hub

At the end of July, more than 120 people attended a fundraising lunch at Regatta Bar & Eatery to support Shore Junction, an innovation hub for North Shore youth. Keynote speaker was Liz Blackwell who told the story of how she and her husband Paul moved from a small-town background (Matamata) to owning not only Pak ‘n Save in Albany, but also The Breakers basketball franchise, taking the latter from the brink of collapse to Australian league glory, before selling it earlier this year. Shore Junction, ironically, will offer a sports-free hang-out venue and integrated services and programmes to support innovation, learning, wellbeing and creativity in young people aged 13-24. The lunch and associated auction raised more than $18,000 to support Shore Junction’s development and programmes.