Stuff top 10: 31 December - 6 January 2013

20:49, Jan 07 2013
West coast summer storm
Roaring Billy Falls in Mt Aspiring National Park, along the Haast highway.
West coast summer storm
Rising river levels in the Hokitika gorge.
West coast summer storm
Natasha Sinclair sent in this photo showing how wet it is in the Hokitika gorge.
West coast summer storm
The rough seas on the West Coast, not very summery.
West coast summer storm
The beach at Punakaiki.
West coast summer storm
Outside the Arthurs Pass Outdoor Education Centre.
West coast summer storm
The Waiho River Bridge near the Franz Josef glacier.
West coast summer storm
The Wanganui River Bridge after it was washed out on Wednesday.
West coast flood
Flooding at Ivegh Bay, Lake Brunner.
West Coast flood
The Taramakau River in Greymouth.
West Coast flood
Sawyers Creek, Mardens Rd in Greymouth.
West coast flood
The corner of Livingstone and Weld street opposite the Westland Milk Products factory.
West coast flood
The entrance to Wadesome Island adjacent to the Hokitika River.

From wild weather to a loved up pair of naturists - check out the stories you helped make the most popular.

1. Floods, rain cut off South Island roads

Up to eight vehicles were trapped in the lower Buller Gorge after heavy rain caused two slips.

2. Auckland homicide victim named

The name of the man found dead in east Auckland in the early hours of New Year's Day has been released by police.

3. NZ sighting ruled out as Madeleine McCann

A girl spotted in Queenstown and thought to be Madeleine McCann is not the missing British child, police say.

4. Self-made millionaire by 19

Steve Brooks became New Zealand's youngest real estate agent when he started selling houses at 15 while still at Christchurch Boys' High School.

5. Bride and groom bare their affection

It was a wedding like any other, except that the bride and groom, as well as half the guests, were naked.

6. Gay All Black 'would be youth model'

An openly gay All Black would be a huge step towards making it easier for young people to come out, a study has found.

7. Fishing spots sold on Trade Me after breakup

There is no better cure for a breakup than treating yourself to some lovely jewellery, and that is exactly what a Waikato teacher did after selling her ex-boyfriend's most prized possession.

8. Missing mountain runner found

Mountain runner Alastair Shelton was found with just a suspected broken toe after a major search and rescue operation in the Tararua Ranges near Wellington.

9. Sky Tower stand-off ends

An agitated man threatening to throw himself off Auckland's Sky Tower was escorted down safely on Saturday.

10. Kiwi dies in prison cell bucket

A mentally ill Auckland man has been found dead, upside down in a bucket of water in a Samoan prison, the Samoa Observer reports.


Nick and Wendy Lowe
NAKED JOY: Nick and Wendy Lowe put pen to paper after their wedding ceremony at the Wellington Naturist Club.
Steve Brooks
FILLING THE GAPS: Steve Brooks started Rebuild Me for those opting out of Earthquake Commission repairs.