It was smiles and cake all round when Takapuna Kindergarten celebrated its 75th birthday on November 23rd. The kindergarten, one of 107 managed by the Auckland Kindergarten Association across the city, enjoyed sunny skies and a large turnout of families and whanau, including many double-generation families who were able to look through old photo albums to show their children pictures of themselves decades before. A special highlight involved the cutting of the cake by Liz Soper – chairperson of the kindergarten committee in 1975/76 – helped by her granddaughter and current ‘kindy kid’ Olivia Gerdin (4) and watched by mum (and herself a former Takapuna ‘kindy kid’) Hannah Gerdin. In his first official capacity as chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Aidan Bennett apologised for his ‘Movember’ moustache and congratulated the kindergarten on 75 years and the wonderful part they continue to play in the community. Takapuna Kindergarten Head teacher Kim Hedlund welcomed attendees and Robin Houlker, life member of the Auckland Kindergarten Association, also spoke.