Mikaela Collins is a reporter for the Northern Advocate
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$1.4m to extend self-administered cervical screening research
The new test is considered "gold-standard" and enables women to test themselves.
Back to school: Costs put pressure on Northland families
Needing to buy uniforms, stationery and bags can put pressure on families.
Back to school: Mya can't wait to see friends again
Mya Dickens, 7, is ready for school.
Safety measures in place for Waitangi Day and Ruapekapeka commemorations
There will be precautions in place at the commemorations to keep everyone safe.
Covid checkpoint group keeping mum on location, timing
Group urges people to stay home until lack of spread confirmed; ex-MP says action illegal.
Waitangi Day, Battle of Te Ruapekapeka events to go ahead but Iwi Chairs Forum held virtually
Commemoration events in Northland will still go ahead.
Ngāpuhi woman leading UK supermarket giant Ocado made CBE
Smith accepted the honour on behalf of her team at Ocado.
Whangārei student feeling good about NCEA result release
Around 140,000 students in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue sat exams last year.
Want to be the next Taika? Filmmaking workshop on in Whangārei
The workshop will give youth the chance to try their hand at filmmaking.
'Your results don't define how far you'll go': Message to NCEA students
NCEA exam results will be available online next week.
New Year Honours: Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau, Te Kitohi Pikaahu recognised
Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu said the New Year Honour was humbling.
New Year Honours: Professor Cindy Kiro made a dame
Kiro's ultimate goal is to ensure every child born in this country is loved and cared for.
Home bakers can turn passion into career with new baking course
A shortage of bakers means many businesses have had to order in pre-made products.
Adrenaline junkie dolphins need 'rehab' after numbers dwindle
Bottlenose dolphin numbers in the Bay of Islands has dropped from 278 in 1999 to 26 today.
Real life elves: Whangārei couriers deliver thousands of parcels
The New Zealand Post team are doing their best to get presents delivered before Christmas
Turbulent childhood no barrier for Whangārei scholar
Skyla Anderson-Wynn will study law as well as arts and commerce at university next year.
Morningside School's beloved Mrs Thomas retires after 30 years
Briar Thomas has worked there since 1990 and people she knew as pupils are now parents.
'I am a mana wahine': A journey from trauma to lawyer
Kristina Green says it's okay that it's taken 20 years to get her life on track.
200 dancers keep calm and dance on at end of year show
The annual show at Forum North will feature 200 dancers aged 2 to 21.
Student conference hoped to build kids' confidence
The conference will be attended by 80 students from eight schools.
Northland schools come together for kapa haka festival
Whangārei Primary School principal Danny Jewell hopes to hold the festival annually.
School wellbeing initiative in Northland gets $50,000
The initiative has been praised by the Ministry of Education.
Kamo High School student awarded AUT scholarship to study culinary arts
Raivyn-Skye Tangariki-Pou has been in the kitchen from a very young age.
Photos: Te Tai Tokerau primary/intermediate kapa haka regionals
Photos from the Maranga Mai E Te Iwi Mana Kuratahi Regional Kapa Haka Competition.
Davis says Oranga Tamariki failing kids, commits to 'getting it right'
Kelvin Davis is the new Minister for Children.
Students to perform Othello - but not as you know it
The reworked play is being performed this week at Whangārei Girls' High School.
Robert Webb spends first night away from birds in 20 years for investiture
Robert Webb and wife Robyn went to Wellington last week for his investiture as an MNZM.
Survey shows principals lack confidence in Oranga Tamariki
The survey showed 44 principals said there has been no dramatic improvements since CYF.
Professional cuddling service launches in Whangārei
Whakarongotai Nikora says professional cuddling provides a safe space for connection.
Storm damage: Million-dollar repair bills, schools close
The storm has passed but the clean-up is just beginning.
Water saving needed as reservoirs fall low after storm damage
While storm damaged treatment plants are back in action, the reservoirs have fallen low.
From mushrooms to sticks: Lockdown plant photos come alive
The exhibition features nature from people's backyards.
Old Malletts building to become centre to help job hunters
The centre has been established in response to the economic impact of the Covid-19.
John Stone signs off after 38 years as an Advocate photographer
John Stone has many tales to tell after working at the Northern Advocate for 38-years.
Iwi say more time needed for Dome Valley landfill feedback
The iwi say the submission period should be extended due to the impacts of Covid-19.
Budget boost keeps Waitangi Treaty Grounds running
The funding is part of a $900m package supporting Māori.
Seeing friends and playing highlights of first day back at school
Students and teachers were reunited after almost eight weeks apart.