Helen Castles is a 1 NEWS reporter based in Northland.
She has a background in print and radio and a degree in communications.
Helen started her journalism career in the Far North at the Northern News before moving to Whangarei where she did a brief stint at the Northern Advocate before moving into radio.
She spent four years working for RadioLive and began working at 1 NEWS's Auckland newsroom in 2012.
Helen covers stories on Northland, social issues and Maori affairs.
Away from the newsroom she tries try to keep up with her busy family, exercise, swim and coaches the Howick Pakuranga Special Olympics team.
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