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Going bush in the Far North

Robertson on a grass and rata mattress in the second shelter he made.

Freezing your butt off, sleeping on the ground and living off oats isn't everyone's cup of tea. But for those into bushcraft it can be the ultimate holiday.

Creative wins in the Far North

Kapahaka group Nga Uri o Tuteauru in their handmade flax uniforms.

Kapahaka and tikanga workshops, a literature and film festival, choir, short film, sculpture exhibition, school workshops and photography exhibition are some of the activities funded for the Far North.

Crossing an ocean for crossfit

Brooke Ah Sam can't wait to pack a punch at the crossfit competition in America.

A Kaitaia teen is working hard for an upcoming international crossfit competition held in America.

Kaikohe firefighters recognised

Kaikohe firefighter Douglas Hall and his family after getting his gold star for 25 years of service.

Kaikohe celebrated their hardworking firefighters at their annual honours awards this month.

Troublemakers bust into pool

Kawakawa Community Pool lifeguard Trevor Lochore is proud of the pool project and hopes everyone respects it.

A spate of petty break ins on a much-loved community project are sad and disappointing.

Suspicious church fire

The Union Parish Hope Christian Centre on the main street of Kaitaia.

A Kaitaia church has been damaged from a suspicious fire in the early hours this morning.

Northland College springs back

From top left, The Hubb team Kupu Tito-Brown, Azalea Warren, Panii Nathan, Te Amohaere Daniels, Peata Thomson and business enterprise winner William Hohepa.

Northland College will turn over a new leaf with a $15 million rebuild and a board of trustees.

Stop swamp kauri exports

Some conservationists are claiming loopholes in legislation are being used to allow the export of kauri logs.

Far North conservation advocate for Forest and Bird Dean Baigent-Mercer is calling for an immediate moratorium on all swamp kauri mining and an investigation into the Ministry of Primary Industries and Customs.

Speech comp keeps Te Reo alive

Te Paerangi Kopa next to his Ta Himi Henare award for winning the bilingual category.

Far North students took out three of the top five positions in a Te Reo Maori speech competition.

Far North charities sick of junk

Hospice general manager Bernie Burrell with an armful of ripped bags and stained clothes to be thrown away.

Clean up your act is the call from Far North charities sick of receiving "soul destroying" junk.

'Everyone can be a champion'

2015 Hype Skate Competition winners.

Over a hundred skaters kicked and pushed it to the 2015 Hype Skate Competition.

Sponsored out of slums

Paul Omondi spoke in Kaikohe and Kaitaia about how sponsorship changed his life.

From living in Africa's slums to touring the Far North - life has changed dramatically for Paul Omondi.

Free adventures for Kiwis in need

Peter and his daughter Sam Honey going for a snorkle, one of the adventures they'll try and bring to kiwis in need around the Far North.

Seeing sick kids smile on a fishing trip is the purpose of a new Far North charity.

Schools win for the environment

Kaikohe East School are clearing the land for their 50 fruit trees.

A sensory pathway for special needs kids and a sustainable orchard are some of the Far North projects to receive funding from an annual competition.

Proposal for Northland 'super-council' ditched

The decision to not have a single council in Northland has been welcomed.

The Local Government Commission has ditched the idea of creating a single Northland authority to replace the existing four councils.

Empty gun 'fired' at pub worker

Police are investigating an armed robbery at Homestead Tavern in Kerikeri on June 9.

Armed intruders "fired" an unloaded shotgun at a bar worker's head twice during a robbery in Kerikeri, Northland.

Backpackers targeted in attack

Police have arrested a 21-year-old Waitangi man in relation to an assault on two American tourists in Paihia earlier this year.

21-year-old Northland man arrested for an assault on two American tourists in January.

Paramedics' letterbox plea

Kerikeri St John station manager Nick Scott loves a big, bold letterbox number.

A number could be the difference between life and death. That's the worst case scenario when St John can't find your home due to a non-existent property number.

Falling tree kills man video

The lighting storm settles in over the Auckland waterfront.

Man killed by a falling tree just before a fierce electrical storm batters Northland and Auckland.

Empty shops pop with art

Event organiser for Kaitaia Art Space Amber Bender with some of her artwork.

One Far North town is showing off their creative streak to brighten up empty shops.

Kaikohe fire fighters step it up

The team Stephen Peers, Aaron Nepia, team captain Brendon Mayall, Lara Hastings, JJ Hastings and Clinton Lyall.

Kaikohe Volunteer Fire Brigade smashed 1103 steps, 51 floors with 25 kgs of kit to raise $18,000 for leukaemia & blood cancer.

Local icon fondly remembered

Opononi's Daniel Naera tragically died in a car accident in Opononi.

A man who would "take his shirt off his back for anybody" drowned when he drove off a bridge into flood water.

Maori radio rises from the ashes

Radio presenters Gerran Thompson and Reuben Epiha get back on the airwaves.

Rising from the flames, Northland's first iwi radio station is back in action after being burnt to the ground.

Te Radar pays off those air miles

The Otamatea HarbourCare group at Maungaturoto plants trees to help restore the Kaipara Harbour.

Te Radar invites you to help him plant trees at Maungaturoto.

Whangarei toddler fatally hit by car

A toddler has been killed in a Whangarei carpark

A 14-month-old boy has been fatally hit by a car in a carpark in Whangarei.

Crackdown on 'thuggish' gangs

Inspector Al Symonds with some of the weapons seized at the addresses police searched on Thursday.

Police seized weapons, drugs and cash in a raid targeting gangs in Kaikohe on Friday.

Life at the tip of NZ

From left, Tekaha Marsh, Moana Waenga, Mara Wineera, James Brown and Perry Marsh hang out at the wharf fishing for dinner.

The absolute stillness. That's the most striking aspect of New Zealand's most northern town.

Uni-cyclist couple unite over unique sport video

La Hood acing a high jump.

The two best street unicyclists in the whole world live quietly spinning tricks and grinding gears in the Far North.

Budding filmmakers tackle big issues

A group of aspiring filmmakers gather to learn about storytelling for the screen.

Boosting youth's confidence to tell their stories was the aim of a Far North film writing workshop last month.

'We want a great life too'

Taipari's rammed earth house under construction.

After 28 years living in a rundown cow shed, one 17-person family is set to start building their first proper home.

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