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Welcome to the August issue of takahē! This issue has been a work in progress as we embrace a digital approach, but our writers are as amazing as ever, and the contents brimful of energy and growth—so appropriate for an issue born on the edge of spring. 

The leadership and mahi of our current Chair, Anna Scaife, who steps down at month’s end, must be acknowledged. She’s led our team through a particularly challenging year, including recent funding disappointments, and tackled a kaleidoscope of tasks. We’re grateful that Anna will be staying on at takahē in a key support role. 

Importantly, with Anna’s guidance the Board has determined that exclusively digital publication is the best way for takahē to keep fulfilling its kaupapa and sustain its legacy into the future. We hope to use this change to bring about some exciting opportunities, and we’re working hard to keep innovating while upholding the very best quality. We’re very excited that issues of takahē will now be freely available for everyone, anywhere in the world to read, and extend a sincere thanks to those dedicated readers who have gifted the Trust the balance remaining on their subscriptions. 

Haere mai to our new staff, who are already proving to be champions in their roles! We’re delighted that Melanie Kwang (Board Secretary), Anjula Prakash (Competitions Secretary), and Philippa Tucker (Copy Editor) have joined us. Between them they have an impressive range of skills and experience, and we look forward to the fresh perspectives they’ll bring to the magazine.

We hope you enjoy the beauty, disruption, and delight that exists within these August pages. takahē is made special by the vibrant mix of new and established voices it supports, and this issue is no exception. 

Thank you for reading and sharing takahē. We’re very proud of all the creative practitioners who have their words and images in it, and we’re also proud of the team who put their labour into bringing it all together. 

Erica Stretton and Zoë Meager
Interim Co-Chairs 

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