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Italian philosophy to teach kids

Teacher Catherine Bawden with some of her students that she teaches with the Reggio Emilia approach.


Education to save town

Dr Peter Harwood and Haupuru Harwood present their idea at a community meeting.

Two Arizona towns were competing for a prison in the 1950s. The town that lost out built a tertiary institute instead says Dr Peter Harwood. The prison town has now closed while the university town is prospering.

Staff laid off before Christmas video

Sisters Jolene and Kalein Howard will be left struggling to survive if KFC refuse redundancy compensation.

Thirteen Kaikohe KFC employees are protesting to be compensated for their redundancy.

Youth MP loves Kaitaia

Winston Peters and Kii Small want to help Northland.

A Kaitaia boy who wants to increase voter turnout won the tough competition to be Northland's representative in Youth Parliament 2016.

Young Maori achieve medical success

Zanazir Alexander wants young Maori to believe any occupation is within their reach if they set goals and work hard.

Three young Maori men are finishing their Bachelors of Medicine from Auckland University in November.

Hokianga hope goes national

Judy Reinken loves the Hokianga.

A Hokianga documentary is making the big screens with its national release.

Northland disability sports day

10112015 Out & About photos supplied Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Ellie Weight, 10, and Trinity Peua play wheelchair basketball. The Northland Junior Disability Sports Day was hosted by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Parafed Northland on November 5 at the ASB Leisure Centre.

Forty athletes between the ages of 7-21 competed in a range of disability specific sports.

Kaikohe girl on top of the rugby world

Portia playing for New Zealand against Spain in the IRB Women's Sevens World Series match.

A Kaikohe youth has scooped up a big win at the World Rugby Awards along with the victorious All Blacks.

Students getting digital leg up

Paihia School student Zoe Gilmore holds the "alien mum" she used to make her stop-motion video.

Getting their mits on computers has made learning way more fun, students say.

Principal searches for equality

Principal Alan Forgie is searching for the best way to give his students technology.

The inequality gap between students who can access technology and those who can't is worrying a Far North principal.

Poverty and inequality up for discussion

Bryan Bruce says political decisions are moral decisions.

An internationally acclaimed documentary maker will be presenting a free lecture on poverty, inequality and his solutions in Kaitaia.

Farming mum wins for isolation

Stacey Williamson with her two sons lives in one of the most isolated places in New Zealand.

A Far North farming mum knows the impact of isolation more than most. And now she's being recognised for her efforts to help other rural women through that challenge.

Rewards to quit smoking

Shantelle Patea and her 10-month-old baby Laiza Fonua are happy and smoke free.

A Far North programme is offering pregnant women financial rewards to quit smoking.

Prisoners paint way to rehab

The prisoner crouches behind his artwork titled Lost. “I’m just totally lost in the stripes of it all. I’ve lost my identity.”

Inmates are turning their lives around swapping crime for creativity.

Body in carpark death not suspicious

Ten police from the criminal investigation branch were carrying out a scene examination.

The death of the man found at a Kaitaia supermarket carpark has been referred to the coroner.

Healing art helps kids

Kaikohe Intermediate student Shylin Mokaraka expressing his interpretation of the theme "Taku Turanga Ake" into his carving.

Over 80 kids going through rough times displayed their artwork at an exhibition run by their social workers.

Heritage home opens gates

Henry Williams 162-year-old "retreat" opens its gardens to the public for the first time in years.

Pakaraka's historical gem offered a rare chance to peek inside the grounds on a public open day.

Bollywood star visits Northland

Bollywood star Sidharth Malhotra tries surfing the sand dunes at Te Paki on his Northland visit.

Bollywood star Sidharth Malhotra has fun in Northland.  

Charity calendar marks yoga milestone

Gail Parlane loves watching her students grow up through her classes.

A Hokianga yoga teacher is celebrating 40 years of classes with a calendar.

Hip hop hushed into Kaikohe

Bo-Deen Stephens says dancing is one way to keep the kids in Kaikohe out of trouble.

A hip hop studio is a dream come true for a successful Kaikohe dance teacher.

Food security a priority

Brother and sister Joe Thompson and Jackie Thompson are encouraging people to grow their own food and be self-sufficient.

North Hokianga marae are on the path to making their food pantries and larders entirely self-sufficient.

Big improvements for sports grounds

Lindvart Park's netball courts are soon to be upgraded to meet New Zealand Netball standards.

Closed netball courts are the sign of big improvements for Lindvart Park.

Club for stroke survivors

Community advisor Lynelle Ngakuru and stroke survivor Tare Harris are excited about the support group.

A community stroke club is being set up in Kaikohe to support affected people and their families.

Winging it at the pigeon races

Max Orevich has been racing pigeons up and down the country for 15 years. Here he holds a bird whose mother holds his best record for flying from Timaru to Kawakawa in a day. She was subsequently found on an oil rig and cooked by a chef.

Racing pigeons is a peculiar hobby that can give you a “real buzz” say Far North enthusiasts.

MASSIVE protest at Boobs on Bikes

MASSIVE have rallied down Kaikohe's Broadway twice recently. The last time was to protest the death of childhood caused by sexual abuse.

Far North men will be chanting their anti-porn message at the Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland.

Domino donation for sick kids

Greg Fache wants to do something nice for the sick kids.

A Far North man is collecting supermarket dominos for sick kids - and he wants your help.

Asbestos found at Ngawha Spa

Alan Price doesn't think there's much danger of asbestos exposure.


Maori culture gets the limelight

Kaikohe East students get ready to perform.

Hundreds of students donned cultural dress and stomped out their best kapa haka at Kaikohe's annual cultural festival on September 17.

Students get creative

Shania Halliday, Aurora Payne and Eloise Drayton make colourful puppets to use in a production.

Children unleashed their creative streak at Oromahoe School's eighth annual art week.

Ewe will be surprised at the number of lambs

Susan-Jane Wilson was surprised her ewe had four lambs.

Pippi is a proud mum after giving birth to four healthy lambs earlier this month.

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