Northland is a place of dreams, some big, some small and some recurring. The North has always had great potential to be even more than it is, the problem seems to be, that more often or not, potential has been crushed by primarily outside forces.
Auckland by comparison, has been able to seize many of its opportunities and has benefited accordingly. What perhaps it has failed to do, is act as a catalyst to the regions surrounding it, this has been to some major extent due to its "isolation" through lack of connecting infrastructure.
It is only in recent years,