FROM THE EDITOR
Kia ora koutou. When the North Shore Times launched on March 30, 1949, the editorial explained it was an ‘‘independent enterprise with its foundations on the North Shore, and its interests in this locality ...’’ I was inspired by Auckland Heritage Festival to visit Takapuna Library and look at the early issues held there on microfiche. The first-ever page one story was headlined ‘‘Pretty Weddings on the North Shore’’. It describes in glowing tones the gowns and church decorations, eg, ‘‘The bridal gown was of magnolia moire taffeta ...’’. The early editions stuck to the core business of births, deaths and marriages, plus club sports, but it wasn’t long until familiar themes emerged, eg, council matters, elections and transport woes. We no longer have ‘‘women’s pages’’ with housekeeping tips, but arguably the biggest change has come in recent years, with the move from solely producing a newspaper to delivering news across a range of print and digital platforms. What hasn’t changed is our mission of bringing you strong, independent local stories.
- nga¯ mihi Jodi Yeats