By Mikaela Collins
This week is 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 the Northern Advocate will be profiling young people from around the region who are doing incredible things.
Today we share Rawhiti Erstich Coles' story.

When Rawhiti Erstich Coles was around 14 years old he decided he