It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break.
Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback.
But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub.
In the group was a great grandson of loved poet Hone Tuwhare - who until then knew very little about him. The Creative Hub director is John Cranna who wrote about his time with the 13 to 17 year olds in a blog that caught Lynn Freeman’s eye.