Covid-19 and fees-free courses have been credited for the increase.
The new test is considered "gold-standard" and enables women to test themselves.
Needing to buy uniforms, stationery and bags can put pressure on families.
Mya Dickens, 7, is ready for school.
There will be precautions in place at the commemorations to keep everyone safe.
Group urges people to stay home until lack of spread confirmed; ex-MP says action illegal.
Commemoration events in Northland will still go ahead.
Smith accepted the honour on behalf of her team at Ocado.
Around 140,000 students in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue sat exams last year.
The workshop will give youth the chance to try their hand at filmmaking.
NCEA exam results will be available online next week.
Kiro's ultimate goal is to ensure every child born in this country is loved and cared for.
Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu said the New Year Honour was humbling.
A shortage of bakers means many businesses have had to order in pre-made products.
Bottlenose dolphin numbers in the Bay of Islands has dropped from 278 in 1999 to 26 today.
The New Zealand Post team are doing their best to get presents delivered before Christmas
Skyla Anderson-Wynn will study law as well as arts and commerce at university next year.
Briar Thomas has worked there since 1990 and people she knew as pupils are now parents.
Kristina Green says it's okay that it's taken 20 years to get her life on track.
The annual show at Forum North will feature 200 dancers aged 2 to 21.
The conference will be attended by 80 students from eight schools.
Whangārei Primary School principal Danny Jewell hopes to hold the festival annually.
The initiative has been praised by the Ministry of Education.
Raivyn-Skye Tangariki-Pou has been in the kitchen from a very young age.
Photos from the Maranga Mai E Te Iwi Mana Kuratahi Regional Kapa Haka Competition.
Kelvin Davis is the new Minister for Children.
The reworked play is being performed this week at Whangārei Girls' High School.
Robert Webb and wife Robyn went to Wellington last week for his investiture as an MNZM.
The survey showed 44 principals said there has been no dramatic improvements since CYF.
Whakarongotai Nikora says professional cuddling provides a safe space for connection.
The storm has passed but the clean-up is just beginning.
While storm damaged treatment plants are back in action, the reservoirs have fallen low.
The exhibition features nature from people's backyards.
The centre has been established in response to the economic impact of the Covid-19.
John Stone has many tales to tell after working at the Northern Advocate for 38-years.
The iwi say the submission period should be extended due to the impacts of Covid-19.
The funding is part of a $900m package supporting Māori.
Students and teachers were reunited after almost eight weeks apart.
For most students it will be the first time seeing their friends and teachers in weeks.
Whangārei Youth Space general manager Ryan Donaldson talks about Budget 2020.
The artist's work has appeared on a duvet cover for sale, and t-shirts and hoodies.
Whangārei's Kirsten Holtz started uploading the videos for her kindergarten parents.
Schools returned under alert level 3 this week but attendance was low.