Stuff top 10: 10 - 16 September 2012

Last updated 10:46 17/09/2012
David Bain
DAVID BAIN: Engaged to a Christchurch teacher.
Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, speaks about iPhone 5 pricing.
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Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, speaks about iPhone 5 US pricing. Kiwis will pay up to $1350 if they don't want to commit to a plan.

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Stuff's most popular stories from last week ranged from wild weather and Christchurch school mergers, to the iPhone 5 release.

1. Snow as cold front hits country

Wet and wild weather hits Wellington and Canterbury as the cold snap which has brought snow to the south moves north.

2. Kate topless photo row

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are furious after a French magazine published topless photos of Kate, calling it "grotesque and totally unjustifiable".

3. Principal slams Christchurch schools merger plan

Shirley Boys' High School principal John Laurenson has dismissed a proposal to merge the school with Christchurch Boys' High School as "absurd nonsense".

4. Big Wednesday winner emerges

A Tauranga man in his 20s went to get his hair cut, found the hairdresser was shut so used his money to get a Big Wednesday ticket - and won $27 million.

5. Macdonald jailed five years for revenge 'missions'

Each crime that Ewen Macdonald committed was driven by revenge and a sense of entitlement, a court heard as he was sentenced to five years jail.

6. David Bain engaged to Christchurch teacher

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Parents at the school where David Bain's fiancee teaches are polarised over the news of their engagement.

7. Scepticism of Ostapchuk's coach's mea culpa

The coach of disgraced shot put champion Nadzeya Ostapchuk says he doped her food, but the head of New Zealand's anti-doping agency and Valerie Adams' manager say that just doesn't stack up.

8. Apple unveils iPhone 5

Kiwis will be able to buy Apple's new iPhone 5 on September 28.

9. Mate set on fire in 'Jackass' copycat

The man accused of setting a friend alight said he should have just "stopped, dropped and rolled" and the matter would have just been a joke instead of a serious incident.

10. Block couple gives money to charity

The Wellington couple who made no money from The Block television series, but won the hearts of many viewers, have called time on an account set up to help them out.

- Stuff

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