3 News' most-clicked stories of 2015

Willy Moon and Natalia Kills (Getty)
Willy Moon and Natalia Kills (Getty)

The most-read and watched stories on 3news.co.nz in 2015 are a snapshot of New Zealanders' passions – passion for rugby, passion against bullying, passion for our oceans and, well, just plain passion.

Topping the list is February's late-night sexual encounter in a Christchurch office, caught on video by patrons at a busy bar across the street.

You got behind anti-bullying campaigns this year, with Natalia Kills and Willy Moon's sacking from X Factor NZ the result of outrage from viewers for their bullying of contestant Joe Irvine. David Farrier's conversation with a woman exposing the torrent of online abuse she has received online also got you clicking.

Being a World Cup year, rugby also featured in the year's most-read stories. Kiwis wanting to know when to wake up to cheer on the All Blacks consulted 3 News Sport's handy NZ times schedule. When New Zealand took the cup, Air New Zealand staff's stirring haka for the All Blacks was one of the year's most-watched. In November, All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu passed away unexpectedly in Auckland, generating heartfelt tributes from across New Zealand.

Kiwis were also looking out for their fellow Kiwis in two of our most popular stories of the year. The first was about a group of friends who banded together to apprehend a woman's attacker after they heard screams.

And in January, you shared a warning from police about a masked couple apparently carrying firearms and wandering through central Auckland. The couple, who eventually came forward to police, say the incident was an attempt at a spooky prank gone wrong.

Our biggest viral video of the year was a Coromandel paddle boarder's close encounter with a curious orca. The man was stand-up paddle boarding about 200m offshore when the orca "popped" up next to him.

Finally, the BBC usually makes news when it breaks the big stories, but it grabbed your attention this year when reporter Ahmen Khawaja tweeted: "Queen Elizabeth has died."

10 of the most-clicked stories on 3news.co.nz in 2015:

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