What you missed at the weekend...

A man cheated death after his girlfriend allegedly threw a kitchen knife at him that lodged in his skull. 

The 20-year-old was rushed to hospital in an ambulance with the 20-30cm long blade still protruding from his forehead. It narrowly avoided fully penetrating the bone and entering the man's brain, an investigator said, after the domestic incident in New Brighton.

Residents in Blaketown on the West Coast were counting the cost after a tornado tore through their town, ripping roofs off and uprooting trees. Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn got stuck in, finding a tarpaulin for one homeowner and helping fix it in place of their roof. 

Korrin Barrett recounted how her life was turned upside down after a perforated bowel and subsequent septicaemia caused her to lose the lower parts of both legs and most of her hands. But Korrin was determined to regain her life, and has since learnt to surf again, been snorkelling in Indonesia, and bungy jumped off the famour Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. 

The thorny issue of an unpaid fine came back to haunt one cyclist, who has been ordered to pay a 13-year-old fine for not wearing a helmet while cycling. More people are likely to be hit by unwelcome historic fines as the Ministry of Justice seeks to recover $565 million in fines. 

And finally, Crusaders flanker Richie McCaw was hurting after he gave away the match-winning penalty to the Waratahs with the Waratahs beating the Crusaders in a dramatic 33-32 victory to become Super Rugby champions. 


The Press