The ten most popular stories on Stuff last week ranged from severe gale force winds in Wellington and a threat to workers' smoko breaks, to Wellington schoolgirl Amanda Crook-Barker's tragic death from meningococcal disease.
1. Plane passengers scream in terror as winds hit capital
Passengers on a Jetstar flight screamed as their plane made two failed landing attempts in the damaging gales thrashing the capital.
2. Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54
Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in The Green Mile and such other box office hits as Armageddon, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda, is dead at age 54.
3. Support for Tyson and Rachel
The sentimental favourites of The Block NZ lost big time, but they've since been inundated with support - including a trip to the Gold Coast and a fundraising account which has already clocked over $1000.
4. Your boss could put a stop to quick smoko breaks
Leaving your desk to stretch your legs, or popping out for a bite of lunch, could soon be outlawed, critics of a Government bill say.
5. From rash to death in two hours
It was meant to be a day of celebration for Wellington woman Lisa Crook. Instead, she watched her 12-year-old daughter die suddenly from suspected meningococcal disease.
6. Party girl tells of 'drunken fumble'
A 32-year-old beautician, who says she was one of the woman who partied with Prince Harry in Las Vegas, told of having a 15 to 20-minute "drunken fumble" with the prince during which he was naked and she was wearing just a string bikini.
7. Auckland suburbs flood as rain hits
An Auckland woman who couldn't leave her flooded property amid heavy rain says she had repeatedly warned the council about the "danger zone".
8. Chubby duckling turns into swan
Holly Rose Emery used to stand out on the netball court because she towered over her classmates. Now, after losing a significant amount of weight, the leggy teenager is being touted as the next big thing in modelling.
9. Police find shot hunter's body
Police have found the body of a hunter mistakenly shot by his friend while hunting near Rotorua.
10. Child found alive under corpses
A four-year-old British girl spent eight hours cowering among the bodies of three adults, thought to be her mother, father and grandmother, who were shot dead in a car in the French Alps.
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