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Top 10 stories of the month - October 2016

Monday 31st October 2016

In case you missed something, here are our most read stories for the month.


1. Is it true the pill could be making you depressed?

A number of women report the onset of depressive symptoms after starting oral contraceptives. So why are many doctors failing to warn them it’s a side effect? By Tess McClure


2. The Pencilsword: In the bin

Illustration: Toby Morris

Where has New Zealand rugby gone wrong?


3. The election might be over, but don’t expect Chlöe Swarbrick to disappear

Chlöe Swarbrick

Photo: Luke McPake/The Wireless

At 22, Chlöe was the youngest candidate in the race for a city with an average age of 35. She tried her darndest to inspire Auckland’s disengaged and disenchanted to give a shit about local body politics. By Janie Cameron.


4. What the hell just happened at the Silver Scroll awards?

Photo: Topic Images

A quick look back on the past finalists should tell you all you need to know about how we got here, writes Hussein Moses.


5. Bludgers or desperate youths? Life on the dole

Photo: Lucy Smith

You might laugh about being on a taxpayer's holiday, but being on the benefit is mostly pretty shit. By Lucy Smith.


6. Ko wai au? Ko wai tātou? Ko wai rātou? 

Navigating between the Pākehā and Māori worlds. By Mani Dunlop.


7. Even a ‘killer clown’ has had enough of the creeps

Photo: DM Pranks

From killer clowns to #clownlivesmatter, this phenomenon is out of control. By Eleanor Wenman.


8. The Singles Life: Can a rebrand redeem Willy Moon and Natalia Kills?

Just 18 months have passed since Natalia Kills and Willy Moon scandalised our small island nation with their unbridled savagery on X Factor NZ. Now they’re back and seeking redemption with a brand new act. By Katie Parker and Hussein Moses.


9. What it's like to survive an avalanche

Photo of the Southern Alps.

Photo: Supplied

Franz Josef glacier guide Jamie Hareb was trekking solo when he found himself experiencing every mountaineer's worst nightmare. He shares his harrowing story of surviving an avalanche just weeks ago in the Southern Alps, on a solo mission from Franz Josef to Mt Cook Village.


10. What if this Trump nightmare never ends?

A pile of Donald Trump t shirts.

Photo: AFP

A view from a New Zealander in Texas. By Lamia Imam.

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