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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.

NZ parliament dissolved ahead of election

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

The New Zealand parliament has been dissolved ahead of the country's September 20 election.

Ebola victim on the run in Sierra Leone capital

A doctor puts on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry.

Umaru Fofana Sierra Leone officials are appealing for help to trace a woman with Ebola after her family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Rape victim could have 'closed her legs', lawyer tells court

Justice.

A young Wellington woman raped by a bouncer in an alleyway could have "closed her legs" if she didn't want sex, the man's lawyer told a jury.

Brian Pool died fighting superbug no antibiotic could cure

Pool

He died fighting a superbug that no antibiotic in the world could touch.

Jamie Reynolds took pictures of himself strangling Georgia Williams

Jamie Reynolds.

Hayley Dixon London: A shop worker lured a police detective's teenage daughter to his home and took pictures of himself strangling her to death, it has been revealed after he admitted her murder.