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Congratulations Emirates Team New Zealand on your relentless pursuit of the Auld Mug, and on your inclusion of our talented North Shore youth in your crew. Giving roles to new graduates such as Elise Beavis, who helped with computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamics, showed your willingness to adopt new ways and fresh ideas. I admit to being a bit surprised to see our America’s Cup team still training here at the end of summer when others had settled in Bermuda but it all made sense as race after race we took on the world and won. Such athleticism, innovation, science and teamwork, backed up by the support of family in Bermuda and Kiwis here at home. In the words of North Shore resident Pete Montgomery the America’s Cup is New Zealand’s Cup once more and we are now looking forward to seeing the world’s finest racing again in Auckland. 

Also impressive was the performance of the NZL team sailing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, despite narrowly missing out on retaining their trophy.  Shore sailors Logan Dunning Beck, Luca Brown, Stewart Dodson, Matthew Kempkers and Josh Salthouse dominated the crew list. 

Promoting and encouraging youth excellence and innovation is also at the heart of one of our most exciting local projects. “Shore Junction” looks set to become New Zealand’s first youth focused innovation centre and is taking shape in the former Takapuna RSA building.  The Yes Disability Resource Centre Foundation ably led by long-time community and business leader Chairman Gary Monk ONZM and dynamo CEO Sonia Thursby has now progressed to resource consenting stage. Thanks to the enormous generosity of North Shore philanthropists, and a successful North Harbour Club lunch which raised around $30,000 overall fundraising is going well. Follow the progress and learn more at www.shorejunction.nz

Given our ageing population, the serious and growing problem of elder abuse requires a different approach and effective and accessible help wherever and whenever victims need it.  I’ve just launched new Elder Abuse Response Service (EARS) which includes a free and confidential 24/7 helpline 0800 32 668 65 or 0800 EA NOT OK for anyone who needs information or support on elder abuse.

Sir Peter Snell has accepted my invitation to become the Patron of SuperSeniors Champions - a group of articulate people who are able to use their high profiles to raise awareness of such serious issues as elder abuse. 

There are more improvements for North Shore Hospital with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman opening Waitemata DHB’s $9.84 million Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skills and Research Centre allowing for continued training of WDHB’s 6,700 staff and encouragement of research.

The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust recognised Bill Speedy, Eric Faesenkloet and Paul Byrnes for their business excellence and philanthropic work giving back to the community by inducting them as new laureates into its Business Hall of Fame.

Please join me for a meeting I’m hosting on Predator Free 2050 with my guest Auckland DOC 2050 ranger at Campbells Bay School, at 6:00pm, on Tuesday 11th July. 

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