Stuff's most-read stories last week ranged from the bashing of cricket player Jesse Ryder and a baby found alone in a car parked at a supermarket, to former All Black Jerry Collins being freed from prison in Japan.
1. Jesse Ryder critical, in coma after bashings
Video footage from a Christchurch bar shows the vicious assault on Jesse Ryder was "completely unexpected", the bar owner says.
2. No investigation into newborn left in locked car
Police cannot start an investigation into a woman who left her newborn baby locked in the car while she went shopping, because nobody has lodged a complaint.
3. 2degrees boss and wife's bodies trapped
Police believe the bodies of Eric Hertz and his wife are trapped inside their plane's wreckage, 60 metres below the water off Kawhia Harbour, and are predicting a long recovery process.
4. Size does matter, 71kg 10-year-old gets told
A 10-year-old Porirua boy has torn down his rugby posters and binned his All Blacks duvet cover after his local rugby club made him feel "sad and fat".
5. 'I hired a sex worker for my elderly dad'
I hired a sex worker for my late 93-year-old father. He had dementia and lived in a nursing home when he said to me: "You'll need to find me a woman."
6. UK teenager mauled to death by dogs
A teen has been mauled to death by a pack of out of control dogs in a town in Greater Manchester, England.
7. North Korea declares 'state of war' on peninsula
North Korea said today it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, but Seoul and its ally the United States played down the statement as tough talk.
8. Noise complainant told: Get a life
Thousands of cancer sufferers, survivors and supporters ran through the night to raise funds to fight the disease - but their efforts failed to move at least one inner-city resident, who phoned the council's noise control line to complain.
9. Black Caps look good to win test series
A double strike from the unlikely figure of part-time spinner Kane Williamson has New Zealand as hot favourites to wrap up a memorable test series victory over England in Auckland.
10. Jerry Collins fined, freed from Japanese jail
A relationship former All Black Jerry Collins was having with a woman in Japan led to a Brazilian gang threatening and stalking him.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Pals and playmates (pictures)
Reacting to a sudden cancellation
New Zealand's best deck built yesterday
Appreciating Tony Allen
The meaning of blogging