Stuff top 10: 17 - 23 December 2012

Damage from Cyclone Evan at a resort in western Fiji.
Damage from Cyclone Evan at a resort in western Fiji.
Cyclone Evan was strong enough to uproot these wind turbines.
Cyclone Evan was strong enough to uproot these wind turbines.
Damaged planes at an airport in Fiji.
Damaged planes at an airport in Fiji.
A destroyed village in Fiji.
A destroyed village in Fiji.
Destroyed beach front properties in Fiji's west.
Destroyed beach front properties in Fiji's west.
Mosese Tikoi at his home in Natokalau village which had its roof ripped off by Cyclone Evan.
Mosese Tikoi at his home in Natokalau village which had its roof ripped off by Cyclone Evan.
The Wailotua road covered was flooded.
The Wailotua road covered was flooded.
Fiji's Denarau Island after Cyclone Evan.
Fiji's Denarau Island after Cyclone Evan.
Damage from Cyclone Evan in Fiji's Denarau.
Damage from Cyclone Evan in Fiji's Denarau.
Damage from Cyclone Evan in Fiji's Denarau.
Damage from Cyclone Evan in Fiji's Denarau.
The Starford and Capitaine Tasman aground in Suva Harbour.
The Starford and Capitaine Tasman aground in Suva Harbour.
Vatuwaqa bridge area is flooded as Cyclone Evan arrives in Fiji.
Vatuwaqa bridge area is flooded as Cyclone Evan arrives in Fiji.
Flooding from Cyclone Evan in Wailea settlement, Fiji.
Flooding from Cyclone Evan in Wailea settlement, Fiji.
A landslide near Suva.
A landslide near Suva.
The sea crashes ashore as Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji.
The sea crashes ashore as Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji.
A man is helped to shelter from Cyclone Evan.
A man is helped to shelter from Cyclone Evan.
The only noise on the roads in Fiji is the howling of high winds.
The only noise on the roads in Fiji is the howling of high winds.
People gather together in shelter from the cyclone.
People gather together in shelter from the cyclone.
Winds punish the shoreline.
Winds punish the shoreline.
Spirits are high for some in Fiji as they take shelter from Cyclone Evan.
Spirits are high for some in Fiji as they take shelter from Cyclone Evan.
Beaches roughed up by Cyclone Evan.
Beaches roughed up by Cyclone Evan.
Nadi at lunchtime.
Nadi at lunchtime.
Suva point as Cyclone Evan starts making landfall in Fiji.
Suva point as Cyclone Evan starts making landfall in Fiji.
A satellite image of the storm bearing down on Fiji.
A satellite image of the storm bearing down on Fiji.
Cyclone Evan approaches.
Cyclone Evan approaches.
Winds in Lautoka.
Winds in Lautoka.

Stuff's top 10 stories last week ranged from the weather forecast for Christmas Day and an arrest after the death of Ashburton mother Sina Solomona, to an embarrassing fall on live television.

1. Christmas forecast takes turn for the worse

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8107664/Christmas-forecast-takes-turn-for-the-worse

Christmas Eve is in danger of becoming a windswept washout for Auckland and top holiday spots the Coromandel Peninsula and Northland, as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Evan bear down on the country.

2. Police name family killed in Waikato crash

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8094662/Police-name-family-killed-in-Waikato-crash

Police have named the family of five found dead in a crash near Whakamaru, northwest of Taupo.

3. Fiji battered by Cyclone Evan

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/8087232/Fiji-battered-by-Cyclone-Evan

Cyclone Evan has wrecked homes, brought down trees and caused flooding across Fiji's main island.

4. Man dies after freak dump crash

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8087357/Man-seriously-injured-backing-at-the-dump

A man has died in Waikato Hospital after being seriously injured in a bizarre accident at the Waihi transfer station.

5. Arrest in Sina Solomona murder

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8101705/Sina-happy-just-before-fatal-attack


A male youth has been arrested and charged with the murder of Ashburton mother Sina Solomona.

6. I am Adam Lanza's mother

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/8093343/I-am-Adam-Lanzas-mother


Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong colour pants.

7. Eight injured in party bus 'bloodbath'

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8091777/Eight-injured-in-party-bus-bloodbath

One partygoer was hospitalised and will have facial surgery today after a party bus trip ended in a "complete bloodbath".

8. Comedian's sex assault appeal fails


http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/8099128/Comedians-sex-assault-appeal-fails

A prominent comedian convicted of performing a sex act on his four-year-old daughter has finally been ordered to start serving his sentence 22 months after admitting the offence.

9. Lotto glitter cannon axed after fall

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8113974/Lotto-glitter-cannon-axed-after-fall

An embarrassing fall on live television has seen the frightening Lotto glitter cannon suspended and a full investigation brought about.

10. Education Secretary Lesley Longstone quits

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8099165/Education-Secretary-Lesley-Longstone-quits

Prime Minister John Key is backing Education Minister Hekia Parata over her handling of a breakdown in relations with Education Secretary Lesley Longstone. 

FOUND DEAD: Ashburton mother Sina Solomona.
FOUND DEAD: Ashburton mother Sina Solomona.

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