January 2017: Cheerio 2016 hello 2017

Helen Perry, Editor

Christmas celebrations and even the New Year festivities have come and gone but the holiday air is all around as many families take their traditional break.

I particularly love that feeling of hope and renewed vigour that tends to surface as we embark on fresh beginnings so, here’s hoping 2017 fulfils dreams and brings health and happiness to readers.

Like many others, the EastLife team took a break over Christmas/New Year (back in the office, January 9) ending the year on a reflective mood as we chatted about the events that had Kiwis talking.

We watched how the US elections played out – many of us shook our heads in disbelief although I must congratulate Mr Trump, he played the American people perfectly.

We all felt for the people of Kaikoura and nearby areas hit by the November earthquake (and subsequent aftershocks) which also resulted in problems for Wellington’s infrastructure; the ramifications will be felt for a long time to come.

We applauded our AB’s for their fantastic year and even though they bowed to the Irish in Chicago there seemed few who begrudged that brave and fierce side their victory.

We also saw our Black Caps win a test series against Pakistan for the first time in more than 30 years and watched Joseph Parker win his fight against feisty Mexican Andy Ruiz – just!

But as the year counted down, the big news was Prime Minister John Key’s resignation from the top job – didn’t that catch us by surprise? Now we wait to see what surprises new PM, Bill English, and his deputy, Paula Bennett, have for us in 2017.

Here in the office, we were thrilled when senior journalist Jon Rawlinson was named a finalist at the TP McLean Sports Journalism Awards in the Best Community Sports/Recreational/Adventure reporting category.

Up against some of the country’s best, he bowed to New Zealand Herald journo, Dylan Cleaver, who took out five awards at the event. Nevertheless we are proud that Jon, and our little EastLife name, was tucked in there amongst the big guns of sports journalism.

Undeniably, 2016 seems to have whizzed by with no abate in the terrible conflicts abroad yet here we are embarking on another year.

The EastLife team looks forward to bringing you more from within and beyond our borders – stories on people who deserve our admiration plus a healthy mix of lifestyle pages covering everything from beauty and fashion through to travel, home and garden, sport, motoring and a raft of advice from our columnists.

In the meantime if you are on holiday, take care, enjoy and here’s to a fab year ahead.