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Careers advice found on bus

Peter Reihana-Ruka having a look at his future.

Youth got their hands on their potential futures when career advice came to town.

Wild West hits State Highway 12

People come from far and wide to dress up.

Waimamaku's Wild West Fest is set to throw it's 14th bootin' scootin' party on February 27.

Fiction grown from real stories

Susy Pointon and her chihuahua Thumbelina at home where she does a lot of her writing.

You may think a character sounds familiar, or a story similar to one that happened in real life when you read a Hokianga writer's recently published collection of short stories.

Waitangi museum opens for business

The museum is called Te Kongahu, a Ngapuhi word referring to the unborn child.

A new museum at the Treaty of Waitangi grounds has been opened.

New plan to help Northland thrive

Minister of Education Hekia Parata, Infrastructure committee chairman John Vujcich and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce with the first of many mānuka trees.

One of the 58 projects set to make millions for the Northland economy should leave a Far North school with the taste of honey in their mouths.

Hopefully last Waitangi Day without treaty documents

A 1934 Charles Goldie portrait of Tamati Waka Nene that will be displayed in the new museum.

The Waitangi National Trust hope that this is one of the last Waitangi Days without the original treaty documents.

Leading the charge

The new electric vehicle charge station installed on Kawakawa's main street.

Northland continues to champion the electric-vehicle movement with a new fast charge station installed in Kawakawa last month.

Man rescued from burning boat

Coastguard Whangaroa were called out to this burning vessel about a mile offshore from Waimahani Bay.

A man whose boat caught fire was rescued by a member of the public after being forced to dive into the water.

Pension punishment goes international

Selwyn Clarke has been begging to get by since the beginning of the year.

A Maori war veteran's fight to get his pension reinstated has garnered support from as far away as Canada.

Kaumatua's life celebrated

Andy Sarich was a well loved man known for his generosity and humour.

A Waimate North kaumātua’s life and generosity is celebrated after he died on January 23.

'Knowledge is power' - so go to school

Kaikohe Social Sector Trials coordinator Whatitiri Te Wake launching their Tautoko Mārika project to help kids make good decisions.

With free watermelon and ice cream Kaikohe welcomed their new campaign - Tautoko Mārika - to town to help kids make good decisions.

New beginning for old church

Katherine Mason pretends to hold one of the church sections in her hand during one of the less stressful moments of the relocation.

Relocating a historic church to Waiheke was no walk in the park for a restoration expert’s daughter.

Veteran's pension cut after protest video

Selwyn Clarke has been begging to get by since the beginning of the year.

"I think that it is exposing some really scary facts about New Zealand and the Government."

Starting a school for creative kids

Christiane Riegger wants to start a Steiner primary school in the Far North.

Not every child suits the mainstream schooling system. That's why a group of teachers and parents are trying to start Northland's first Steiner primary school.

Dig reveals NZ's first shipyard

Matt Carter says the project is even more exciting because hardly any excavations have been done in the Hokianga.

190 years of history was dusted off when archeologists dug down into New Zealand's oldest shipyard in the Hokianga.

Horse Poo Tribe shows pootential

Some of the Hoiho Tribe John Slade, Tangiwai Peri, Napiah Korewha, Sonny Kapea and Te Rangi Kapea ready for business.

When you’re seven years old and live in Rawene there are not many ways you can turn a buck.

Plastic not fantastic

Mike Edmonds with one of the offending plastic bags.

Plastic bags may no longer be free if one Far North man has his way.

Locals run gallery

The Number 1 art gallery in Rawene.

The Rawene community have taken the running of their treasured art gallery into their own hands.

40,000 expected at festival

Young dancers at the 2012 Ngapuhi Festival.

The 12th Ngapuhi Festival is expected to draw crowds of over 40,000.

Oasis of hope for homeless

Sophie Cressy and Ricky Houghton of He Korowai Trust are some of the people behind the new crisis accommodation to go up in Kaitaia.

A new hotel in Kaitaia will open in March to help the homeless off the streets.

Budding film makers tell potent stories

William Hohepa, Caylynn Titore and Francesca Blaikie are busy turning their ideas into short films.

Making a short film is no small task, as three Far North kids now know.

Growing a fresh food movement

Mike Shaw harvesting produce for the Kaikohe Food Co-op. People can buy $25 boxes of mixed veggies that come straight from the garden.

Kaikohe residents have healthy, locally grown produce at their fingertips thanks to three new initiatives.

Big fish puts up big fight

Stef Dawson and Jamie Spruit with their 85.8kg tuna.

Two keen Northland fishermen had the catch of their lives on Christmas Eve when they landed a monstrous 85.8kg tuna.

Free van to help heal

Dr Joshua van Leeuwen is keen to get more patients turning up to their appointments.

A Kaikohe medical trust has bought a van to get patients to doctors' appointments for free.

Holiday tragedies keep emergency services busy

A workshop in Opua burns to the ground on boxing day.

Emergency services have been flat out over the summer holidays with crashes, drownings, fires and a murder.

He was a 'protector'

Lee Rata (left) with his sister Liz Waipouri. Rata died from injuries caused during an assault in Kaitaia.

Dad-of-two's family say what he lacked in worldly possessions he made up for in love and loyalty.

Work ethic name of the game

Eric Rush on the field in a seven's tournament.

A solid work ethic is worth more than talent is what ex-All Black and Kaikohe New World owner Eric Rush drives home to Far North kids.

Kaitaia crash victim named

Luke Wayne Phillips, aged 33, died when a four-wheel-drive ute crashed into a paddock.

Luke Wayne Phillips, aged 33, died when a four-wheel-drive ute crashed into a paddock.

Budding film makers tell potent stories

William Hohepa, Caylynn Titore and Francesca Blaikie are busy turning their ideas into short films.

Making a short film is no small task, as three Far North kids now know.

Singing his way to Wales

Kauwiti Selwyn, 18, comes from a musical family who all perform in the Ratana Piriwiritua Brass band.

The Far North's rising opera star is overwhelmed with support.

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