growing northland

Why has Northland remained one of New Zealand's poorer regions? Identified as a surge region it has now been allocated more than $126 million so far from the Provincial Growth Fund.

In the second of a three-part series into what this means for the region, Lindy Laird looks at what might be needed to make this happen.

There was a collective gasp of pain and hurt pride from Northland cheerleaders when economist Shamubeel Eaqub said Whangārei was in danger of becoming a zombie town.

It was back in September 2014 when Eaqub