A "horrible black and white cat" in Northland and a mural mystery in Masterton are just two of the stories making headlines around the regions today.

An "evil cat" that catches mice, rabbits and small children is up for adoption in Whangarei.

A Great Mural Hunt is underway in Masterton for 13 works by a Wellington artist which have mysteriously disappeared.

Two Tauranga students will be thrust into the cut-and-thrust lifestyle of the parliamentary press gallery reporter next year, thanks to this scheme.

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It will be a happy Christmas for more than 200 struggling and abused families in Rotorua this year, thanks to the support of the community.

Castlecliffe Beach is set to get a major makeover in time for the holiday season.

Hawke's Bay is apparently becoming a tourism hotspot.

And finally, it's the end of an era for this Stratford bar, as the long-time owners call 'time'.