In this week's round-up of news snippets, events and oddities from the Bay of Islands and Mid North, Jenny Ling reports on a community initiative gaining national recognition, a flourishing foodbank, and art and food events happening now and next week in the area.

The Bay of Islands Community Foodbank is flourishing in Paihia, helping struggling families with food donations and fresh produce from a recently established community garden.

The Friends of Williams House Paihia Library committee has given the foodbank approval to use the vacant garden near the library, so families can also have access to fresh vegetables along