The solar Eclipse made the biggest waves over the past week, but The Royal Visit got the biggest media attention as they journeyed up and down the country, including Wellington, where Prince Charles celebrated his 64th birthday.

Total eclipse blocks out the sun

"There was a spooky atmosphere and the sky darkened as much of the country observed a partial eclipse of the sun."

2. Sweaty hug for Charlie

"Prince Charles probably got more than he bargained for during his visit to the AUT Millennium sport institute, with New Zealand women's Sevens team member Linda Itunu giving him a sweaty hug."

3. Minister insults the jobless: Labour

"Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is being accused of "stooping to a new low" after reading out job ads in parliament."

4. Taranaki boy now NZ's youngest murderer

"A 13-year-old Taranaki boy is now believed to be New Zealand's youngest convicted murderer."

5. Blow to Corby early release hopes

"Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby's bid for early release from Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail is on hold indefinitely as Indonesian authorities move to close a loophole that may have allowed her to return to Australia if granted parole."

6. Man sought after woman's violent death

"Police have named the mother-of-two who died following a violent attack in Wellington and say they want to speak to a man who was well-known to the woman."

7. Ruapehu eruption warning for trampers

"The Department of Conservation is urging climbers and trampers to stay away from the summit of Mt Ruapehu after warnings the volcano could erupt."

8. Macdonald lawyers slam prosecution tactics

"Four months after Ewen Macdonald was acquitted of killing his brother-in-law Scott Guy his legal team have criticised tactics used by the prosecution."

9. Assailant licked blood from blade: witness

"A man accused of a road-rage murder licked a knife and told his victim "I like the taste of your blood", a court has been told."

10. Charles, Camilla myths busted on website

"His youngest son is still regularly spotted with a cigarette in hand but Prince Charles's wife gave up smoking "years ago"."

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