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Wellington hit by worst storm in decades

Residents of New Zealand's capital are cleaning up after a storm rated the worst in over four decades.

MH17 victim Robert Ayley's final email

'Soul mates': Rob Ayley, who died on board MH17, pictured on his wedding day with wife Sharlene.

Paul Easton British-born Kiwi Rob Ayley, who died aboard flight MH17, wrote to his family on the last day of his trip to say how much he was looking forward to coming home.

Internet makes us stupid: study

Is the internet making us stupid? That's the question researchers from Wellington's Victoria University asked in a study on people's reading behaviour.

New Zealand High Court backs schoolboy who refused to cut his hair

The offending 'do. Lucan Battison, who was ordered to cut his hair and refused.

Jo Moir His school suspended him for refusing to cut his hair, but New Zealand's High Court had other ideas.

Lolly stick removed from boy's gut after months of pain

Gus Denton, 5, with the Chupa Chup stick that was lodged inside him for eight months.

Ben Heather Lollipops are strictly off the menu for Gus Denton after the stick from his last one spent eight months lodged painfully in his gut.

Battered bodies no excuse says Kevin Muscat as Melbourne Victory set out to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate in A-League

Michael Lynch They may be running on empty and travelling north with a party of banged-up players nursing injuries and tiredness, but if any club can go to Brisbane Roar with a feeling of confidence surely it is...

Total rebuild

GOOD WEEKEND. Christchurch, 3 years on

Peter Robb Almost completely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake, central Christchurch is - very slowly - emerging anew.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lost in a sea of rubbish

Rubbish

Nick Perry Wellington, New Zealand: Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box.

Private jet of Peter Jackson helping in search for MH370

Peter Jackson

The personal jet of filmmaker Peter Jackson is involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Royal baby's New Zealand car seat sparks controversy

Prince George.

The placement of the car seat for Prince George while he is visiting New Zealand is causing a storm of outrage on social media, prompting soothing responses from seat provider Plunket New Zealand.

Kids and politicians catch royals fever

Kate wears a black dress embroidered with a silver fern to Government House in Wellington.

Julia Hollingsworth Some wore princess gowns, others donned red, white and blue wigs, and some woke at the crack of dawn to catch a glimpse of the royals.

Sir Edmund Hillary's trust launches appeal for sherpas

The father and son of Mount Everest avalanche victim Ang Kazi Sherpa comfort each other as they wait for his body to arrive at Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu last week.

A trust founded by Sir Edmund Hillary has launched an appeal to help the families of the sherpa guides killed in an avalanche on Mt Everest.

Lobsters, monkeys, priceless artifacts: Your jetliner's cargo might surprise you

As American Airlines passengers tilt back their seats and prepare to settle into their flights, they're probably not thinking about what's traveling through the skies under their seats in the belly...

Man fights off shark, then stitches himself up

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A New Zealand man has survived being attacked by a shark: driving it off with his knife, stitching his own wound onshore and going to the pub for a beer before heading to hospital.

Britain's flood crisis deepens, Thames bursts banks

A man walks through flooded streets in the village of Moorland in Somerset, England.

Kim Hjelmgaard Water, water, everywhere and a catalog of blunders pointing to the British government. That's the view of many flood-hit residents of the Somerset Levels, where for weeks tempers have been rising...

US gun shop sued over mentally ill woman's killing of her father

A US gun show: Several firearms shops have been sued for selling weapons to mentally ill people who have then taken lives.

Brian Burnes A gun shop in Missouri is being sued for selling a weapon to a mentally ill woman who killed her father – despite her mother's warning.

Locker Room

Feminine Raiders for a good cause

Canberra Raiders player Sami Sauiluma, with teammate Tony Milford, is dolled up to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Chris Dutton Raiders players got in touch with their feminine side for a very worthy cause last week.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: was it pilot suicide?

Zaharie Ahmad Shah, pilot of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, seen in a photo posted to his community Facebook pages.

Nick Perry, Wellington As police investigate the two pilots of a Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared more than a week ago, a possibility they must consider - however improbable - is that one of them committed suicide...

Patient could have been dead for two hours despite being checked every 15 minutes

Zoe Purves

A Wellington woman could have been dead for two hours before she was found in her bed in a locked hospital ward - despite being observed every 15 minutes by nurses.

Australian pair among first same-sex couples to marry in NZ

Trent Kandler and Paul McCarthy are an Australian couple who won an all-expenses-paid same-sex wedding in Wellington on Monday.

Elise Scott An Australian couple will be among the first who will be able to change the phrase "I can't" to "I do" on Monday when same-sex marriage law comes into force in New Zealand.