The tornado strike in Auckland was the most read news on Stuff last week with high interest also shown in the prank call to the London hospital where Kate Middleton was receiving treatment and the death of a nurse employed there days later.
The final toll was three dead, seven hospitalised and hundreds displaced and terrified.
Royal baby news is overshadowed by the shock death of a nurse in caught up in a prank call.
Saturday's magnitude 5.8 quake was widely felt, not only because of its size, but because of the tectonic plate it happened on.
Duke and Duchess hoped to keep news of their expected child to themselves until Christmas.
Firefighters used power tools to free a woman impaled in the thigh by two metal spears on church fence.
Police say the person whose body was found in a burnt-out car was Christchurch car salesman Shane Malcolm Bell, 28.
Rotorua's cycling fraternity is in shock after a 21-year-old cyclist died following a short race.
Farmers across the country have been asked to help a couple after 120 of their cows dropped dead in their paddock.
A strong quake centred off north-eastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo and triggered a 1m tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster.
NZ First leader Winston Peters expelled Horan from the party after receiving "substantive material" that caused him to lose confidence in the Tauranga-based list MP.