A couple have listed their home for more than $300,000 what they initially paid for it four years ago, and popular tourist attraction Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary plans on re-opening next year. These are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

A Papamoa East couple have just listed their four-bedroom, two bathroom Wairakei Ave property for $309,000 more than they bought it for four years ago.

Owners of Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary - home to lions and other big cats- are planning to re-open the popular tourist drawcard mid next year.

With just three days to go until the polls close for the local elections only 29.14 per cent of Hawke's Bay residents have had their say in who they want to be their mayor and district councillors.

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The stakes have been raised in the hunt for a trout worth $10,000 with a second angler catching a green-tagged fish - this time in Lake Okataina.

A brighter picture is being painted of the overall operating costs of Whanganui's replacement wastewater treatment plant than initially forecast.