Kids going hungry because their parents have blown the budget on booze is an all too familiar reality for a Kaikohe church leader.
More than 30,000 people in the Far North were left in the dark after a lightning strike this afternoon.
For prison nurse Ella Smith, the Northern Regional Corrections Facility in Ngawha is her "home away from home".
Art, paint, a new roof, revamped gardens and lots of elbow grease are some of the changes the community is making to Kawakawa Pool in an effort to save it from the scrap heap.
Thieves have robbed the Hokianga Sailing Trust of its plans to revive the sport by stealing $15,000 worth of materials.
Being forced to hitchhike 40km to jury service isn't Faith Maxwell's idea of justice.
In honour of his late friend, one Kaitaia man is determined to discover and claim the 10th great NZ walk in Northland.
John Carter had no idea what lay in store when he took up the Far North District mayoralty role.
A trip to prison may end up being the best thing for dogs staying at the Bay of Islands SPCA.
Hilary Shaw works with creatures great and small. And with 6 horses and 3 dogs of her own, she certainly walks the talk.
New swimming pools are wanted in Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Kaikohe - but who has the cash?
He's faced near-death experiences, hospital and hunger on his 18-month walk, but Brando Yelavich is finally done.
A Far North after-school tuition programme is helping students find success in maths and english.
Statoil has been asked to cancel seismic testing planned for summer to protect Te Reinga Basin's marine life.
The Government's move to increase its cap on the number of overseas workers in horticulture is welcomed by some but questioned by others.
'Please don't forget us.' That is the simple message from a Northland storm victim to the rest of New Zealand.
The North Island robin's call is being heard on Moturua Island for the first time in years.
No exercises have been held in Northland to train police in the skills they would need if a refugee boat arrived in Northland waters.
A new-look Northland College Farm is set to turn its first profit in five years.
An adult female Northland brown kiwi was caught in a leghold trap near Waipapa.
Oil giant Statoil says it will not begin exploration in 2014 but will proceed with preliminary work.
The Kaikohe farmer whose quad bike was stolen this month was stunned when Blue Wing Honda and Mid North Honda decided to surprise her with a new bike to replace her missing farm vehicle.
Competing events and a static number of entries have combined to kill off the Northern Crossing coast-to-coast multisport challenge.
The Kaikohe Hotel is coming down piece by piece.
A new proposal has identified two areas in the Bay of Islands as potential no-take marine reserves.
Kelvin Davis learned he had a new job along with the rest of the country on the 6pm news, on the day that Labour MP Shane Jones announced his resignation from Parliament.
Arthur Beren was one of about 60 babies left behind in the Cook Islands by American servicemen during World War II.
The opening of a curtain bank is set to improve the health of low income households in Northland.
Festivals and fun days are the main recipients of community grants in the Far North.
Petersen Motors at Kaikohe suffered its first break-in in 30 years.
Shane Jones's replacement learned he had a new job at the same time as the rest of New Zealand.
A Northland mother of eight has been sentenced for starving a dog to death.
A Kaitaia man who crashed into a police vehicle last year has been disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay $550 reparation to the officer who suffered a knee injury as a result of the crash.
A by-election will be held to fill a vacancy in the North Cape subdivision of Te Hiku Community Board.
A photograph of a New Zealand World War I Medical Corps soldier is just one of several mysterious faces in the Kemp House collection.
A joint initiative between the Department of Conservation and the Puketi Forest Trust will allow a substantial expansion of possum control in the forest.
The Funky North played a set at an event delivering information about the Kaikohe Youth Action Plan to the community.
Pupils from Kaeo Primary visited Matauri Bay to see what kind of sea life lived in their home patch.
A man who was on the run for over a month is in police custody.
Aversion training will mean West Highland white terrier Pluto-Louis will learn to avoid kiwi.
Rawene residents must reduce water consumption now or face more austere water restrictions.
Northland has a new $150,000 flight training device- Helimed 4.
A big crowd was at the Moria Marae in Whirinaki to welcome Judge Craig Coxhead and his panel from the Waitangi Tribunal.
The Mill Gym, which aims to build self-esteem among Kaikohe's youth, is in desperate need of funding.
Seventeen-year-old Danny Kopa has been selected as the northern representative for the New Zealand Mounted Games team to take on Australia.
Walk Hokianga is back on the shelves after what was a long wait for some.
An increase in dishonesty crimes saw the North buck national crime trends.
Bay of Islands hapu Ngati Rehia has decided to participate in the election process to determine the board of Tuhoronuku, despite co-founding the group that opposes it.
A 200,000 upgrade at Lindvart Park hockey grounds is underway and new floodlights will be switched on this month.
Kaitaia doctor Lance O'Sullivan has "a lot more to offer" he says.
Are our classrooms becoming overcrowded?