Scientists say that having a hobby or a sport makes you a happier individual. But when you're a solo mum living in rural Northland, there aren't a whole lot of choices around.
But Deseree Hudson has managed both. She's found a hobby that's clean and fun, and a sport that's down right dirty and rough, and it's given her a new lease on life.
Our intrepid reporter Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha went to check out the action in the Far North.