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Seany Snowden owes her life to Faye and Tim Murray, who run Hope House in the Far North.

Watch: 'I used my kids to get money' - Northland woman bravely shares story of drug addiction, and new life at rehab centre

Seany Snowden owes her life to Faye and Tim Murray, who run Hope House in the Far North.

Northland building that stores hospital medical supplies closed after asbestos contamination

Asbestos was found in the rafters of the Central Store at Whangarei Hospital.

Traffic controller with 14 drink driving convictions back in court after blowing three times breath alcohol limit in Kaitaia

Stanley Tuho, 52, disputed driving badly while under the influence, saying he only crossed the white line.

Supporters show up in court to back local mechanic accused of beating alleged thief in Kaitaia

Thirty-five-year-old Thomas Rogers is charged with assaulting Te Kapua Butters-Kiwikiwi.

Grant Dodunski's 8.94kg fish that won him the Snapper Bonanza Competition.

Tauranga surfcaster takes out Snapper Bonazna Comp at 90 Mile Beach

The event was a sell out this year with 1000 entries from all over the country and some from overseas.

00:23
The Northland town is employing a novel method to "take back their streets".

Kaitaia community using airhorns in new crime fighting endeavour

Residents will blast an airhorn three times if they spot criminal activity.

01:43
Anglers have travelled far and wide to compete at Ninety Mile Beach.

World's largest snapper surfcasting competition underway in New Zealand's Far North

Anglers have travelled far and wide to compete at Ninety Mile Beach.

00:53
The NZ First MP's comments follow the carrier's decision to cut flights between Kapiti Coast and Christchurch.

Shane Jones comes out swinging at Air NZ, says he's 'thoroughly unimpressed' with treatment of regional services

The Minister of Economic Development's comments follow a recent Air NZ decision to cut flights between Kapiti Coast and Christchurch.

00:53
Anthracnose disease is rife in all but two of Kerikeri's 20 orchards.

Feijoa grower fears they 'won't be here next year' as devastating disease hits Northland crops

Anthracnose disease is rife in all but two of Kerikeri's 20 orchards.

02:16
A new study suggests there's a simple way to remedy the poor statistics on Far North kids' teeth.

Northland children have the most rotten teeth in the country

A new study suggests there's a simple way to remedy the poor statistics on Far North kids' teeth.

01:55
Recent rain flooded crucial access roads and left some remote communities stranded.

Northlanders demand action to fix their unsealed roads

Recent rain flooded crucial access roads and left some remote communities stranded.

01:06
Grace Morgan was admitted to hospital with a wide range of symptoms, which doctors initially thought could be measles

Northland teen warns others to know signs of toxic shock syndrome after her frightening experience

Grace Morgan, 16, was diagnosed with the potentially-fatal illness, associated with tampon use, in July.

01:52
Maori on the Karikari Peninsula are introducing a two-year rahui at Matai Bay.

Iwi ban on seafood gathering takes effect at popular Northland beach

Community members will be patrolling Matai Bay and neighbouring Waikato Bay.

Billboards in Whangarei, including those of Huhana Lyndon which have been attacked.

Police complaint made after Whangarei by-election candidate's billboards attacked

Huhana Lyndon has had nine billboards destroyed or damaged in two weeks.

02:11
Four Northland MP's are set to take up ministerial roles in the new government.

Hopes high for Northland economic boost with incoming coalition tipped as win

Four Northland MP's are set to take up ministerial roles in the new government.

01:48
Chappy Harrison was a senior worker for the Ministry of Social Development in Kaitaia when he was accused of sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl.

'I loved you oi' - Kaitaia social worker allegedly messaged teen sex abuse victim

Chappy Harrison is on trial for sexual assault of a girl who was 14 at the time.

00:16
Chappy Harrison is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl while he was a senior social worker in Kaitaia.

Award-winning social worker stands trial on child sex charges in Northland

The 46-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to all five charges.

01:55
An error in the sign means visitors have been misinformed for decades over the distance between Cape Reinga and Bluff.

Distances on iconic Cape Reinga yellow sign set to change after tourists expose inaccuracy

The inaccuracies mean visitors have been mis-informed for decades.

01:34
America's Cup legend Sir Russell Coutts is sharing his knowledge with some keen amateurs.

Far North yacht club out to prove sailing not just a rich man's sport

America's Cup legend Sir Russell Coutts is sharing his knowledge with some keen amateurs.

01:55
Carrington Jade bought the local campsite two years ago and plan to lease reserve land with plans to create the country's biggest tourism resort.

Whatuwhiwhi locals protest council's agreement to lease reserve land to Chinese developers

Locals are arguing no one should be making money out of the pristine public property.

01:32
The group of seven men terrified local McDonald's staff in a frightening smash-and-grab last night.

Watch: Bandits smash into Kaikohe McDonald's with axe, brandish gun at staff as they raid tills

Local police say the smash-and-grab was done and dusted in under 90 seconds.

01:11
Philanthropist Ricky Houghton says the move would 'reconnect whanau back to their futures so they can live without outside state interference'.

'This community is in crisis' - Northland community leader calls for State of Emergency over deprivation

Ricky Houghton says unemployment is as high as 85 per cent in some communities.

'We went there with nothing' - two Northland boys return home from Muay Thai Youth World Champs with medals

Manu Tepania, 13 and Lfah Trego, 10, were among 30 Kiwi youths selected to go to Bangkok.

02:03
The multi-million-dollar expansion of the marina is complete and is expected to draw sailors making landfall.

Opua marina expansion a boost for local businesses

The multi-million-dollar expansion of the marina is complete and is expected to draw sailors making landfall.

01:57
Some Northland brigades are relying on neighbouring crews to answer 111 calls due to a lack of staff.

'People may lose their lives' – some Northland fire brigades critically short of volunteers

Some Northland brigades are relying on neighbouring crews to answer 111 calls.

02:23
Davis has lived most of his life in the far north and supporters say that background will help him make a difference.

Kelvin Davis as first Maori Labour deputy leader a victory for electorate

Davis has lived most of his life in the far north and supporters say that background will help him make a difference.

01:25
Leah Cameron doesn't excuse her friend's behaviour, but wants people to understand him.

Northland gunman's final text: 'This life is a continuous struggle without end or point and I'm done with it'

Leah Cameron says Quinn Patterson suffered from deep depression and needed help.

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