Today is the start of youth week - eight days of celebrating New Zealand's young people.
At the time of the 2013 census there were 16,683 15 to 24-year-olds living in Northland.
While it can be easy to focus on the negative when it comes to youth in the region, there is plenty to celebrate.
Throughout Youth Week Mikaela Collins will be profiling young people from around the region who are doing incredible things.
Today is Anahera Pickering's story
Anahera Pickering says you wouldn't have recognised her two years ago.
She was 18 years old, sleeping on the streets