Stuff top 10: 19 - 25 November 2012

21:45, Nov 25 2012
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Britain's Prince William updates his training as part of C Flight 22 Squadron Search and Rescue, at RAF Valley in Holyhead, Wales.
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Prince William attends a morning briefing during a shift.
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The prince checks his aircraft before a sortie.
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Britain's Prince William, second left, speaks to colleagues at RAF Valley in Holyhead, Wales.

1. Panic on Mt Tongariro as volcano erupts

A teacher who was on Mt Tongariro with a group of 90 students has captured the "absolutely spectacular" eruption of the volcano on video.

2. Wreckage from 2004 chopper crash

Police have confirmed wreckage discovered in Fiordland is that of a helicopter that went missing with a Waikato man and English woman on board nearly nine years ago.

3. Labour caucus pledges support for Shearer

Labour leader David Shearer has received unanimous support from Labour's caucus following a tumultuous party conference.

4. Squatter decamps after $1m-plus sale

A Wellington businessman has taken a big punt on an old Mt Victoria villa - paying more than $1 million for a stripped-out house that he couldn't get to see inside.

5. Teacher's lingerie pics OK, says school

An Auckland assistant principal who posted racy photographs of herself on Facebook did not violate Teachers Council Professional Standards, her school has found.

6. Crash tourist faces new life without husband

An American woman severely injured in a crash in New Zealand spent more than a month unaware her husband was killed but says she now knows he is dead.

7. UK Defence Ministry red-faced over photos

Official photos of Prince William's life as a rescue helicopter pilot set off a royal alert when it was realised some of the pictures included "sensitive information".

8. Timaru abduction accused appears in court

A 26-year-old Timaru man entered no plea after appearing in the Timaru District Court over a suspected abduction and assault of a nine-year-old boy.

9. Dumb ad becomes surprise hit

Melbourne Metro Trains' darkly cute - and irksomely catchy - new ad for transport safety has gone viral, notching up a whopping 4.2 million YouTube views in less than a week.

10. Girl may have seen mother's murder

A three-year-old girl heard screaming may have seen part of a knife attack that killed her mother at a home in the Christchurch suburb of Burwood in July.