Stuff top 10: 17 - 23 December 2012

23:22, Dec 23 2012
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
A satellite image of the storm bearing down on Fiji.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Winds in Lautoka.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Suva point as Cyclone Evan starts making landfall in Fiji.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Cyclone Evan approaches.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Nadi at lunchtime.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Beaches roughed up by Cyclone Evan.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
People gather together in shelter from the cyclone.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Spirits are high for some in Fiji as they take shelter from Cyclone Evan.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Winds punish the shoreline.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
A man is helped to shelter from Cyclone Evan.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
The only noise on the roads in Fiji is the howling of high winds.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
The sea crashes ashore as Cyclone Evan strikes Fiji.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
A landslide near Suva.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Flooding from Cyclone Evan in Wailea settlement, Fiji.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Vatuwaqa bridge area is flooded as Cyclone Evan arrives in Fiji.
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The Starford and Capitaine Tasman aground in Suva Harbour.
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Fiji's Denarau Island after Cyclone Evan.
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Damage from Cyclone Evan in Fiji's Denarau.
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Damage from Cyclone Evan in Fiji's Denarau.
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The Wailotua road covered was flooded.
Cyclone Evan in Fiji
Mosese Tikoi at his home in Natokalau village which had its roof ripped off by Cyclone Evan.
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A destroyed village in Fiji.
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Cyclone Evan was strong enough to uproot these wind turbines.
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Damaged planes at an airport in Fiji.
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Damage from Cyclone Evan at a resort in western Fiji.
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Destroyed beach front properties in Fiji's west.

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. 

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Sina Solomona
FOUND DEAD: Ashburton mother Sina Solomona.

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