Stuff's top ten stories last week ranged from snow in Canterbury to the Scott Guy murder trial, to a fire at iconic political pub The Backbencher.
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1. Snow falls in the south
All Air NZ flights were cancelled in and out of Christchurch, thousands of homes were without power and roads were closed as a wintry blast moved up the country.
A neighbour of the Guy family farm found Scott Guy's body outside the driveway of his home and thought his throat had been cut.
An autopsy examination has indicated that the death of a 56-year-old Hamilton woman who died in a booze bus in the city was due to natural causes, police say.
A 40-year-old Christchurch solo mother has returned to prostitution to offset an "unaffordable" rent rise.
The spectacle of the concert outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee was tempered by news that her husband, Prince Philip, had been hospitalised with a bladder infection.
6. Shoot him then, mother orders girl, 9
A nine-year-old Masterton girl was allegedly handed a rifle and ordered to shoot her mother's partner after the girl claimed she had been abused by the man.
7. Lost triplets farewelled: 'Each different, and special'
Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Paul's Cathedral in Wellington to farewell three unique and special children made from the same recipe.
Sue Cameron can't help wondering if her 16-year-old son might have lived, if only she had gone into his bedroom.
9. Backlash forces Government class size U-turn
The decision to abandon changes to class sizes was made in a crisis conference call between senior Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister John Key in the middle of his night in Germany.
Some of Wellington's iconic Backbencher Pub's political puppets are charred to a crisp after a fire.
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