2016 has been an exciting and demanding year for takahē, and we enter the new year in excellent shape and good heart. We hope, by now, that you have had the opportunity to explore and enjoy our first online issue, takahē 87. We launched this in August at the Twisted Hop in Woolston in the first of what we hope will be regular launch events. Special thanks must go to Joanna Preston, who doubles as both poetry editor and webmistress, for the immense amount of time and effort she has put in to making this issue so elegant to read and use.

In our exploration of a ‘blended’ model of publication – a mixture of print and digital – we are able to showcase the work of writers in new and more accessible ways, to attract new voices, and to expose what we do to new audiences; that is, we see this as a way of amplifying and expanding all the things that takahē does best and of enabling us to better promote the work of writers and artists. We’d also love to hear how you find it, and in the coming months we will be asking you for your feedback on takahē, whether you’re a submitter, a regular subscriber or a casual reader. In addition, you can get in touch directly through the website, and you are also welcome to contact us via email or snail mail in the usual fashion.

This is my last issue of takahē, and I am very thankful to have been able to be a part of the magazine and its board during a time of transition and development. The board of the Takahe Collective Trust is a hard-working group that, like so many other arts organisations, keeps everything running through a combination of hard graft and good will. As 2017 opens there will be opportunities for individuals to join the Board and to be more involved in the Collective, and if you are interested in making some sort of a contribution, especially during this rewarding period of time of expansion and change, then I encourage you to let us know.

Erin Harrington