NZ@9am: 11/1/11: Most popular stories online on Tuesday

By PETER FOWLER

The flooding “wall of death” which hit the Australian town of Toowoomba and others overnight dominates mainstream web sites in New Zealand on Tuesday morning, with most web sites leading with the unfolding tragedy across the Tasman.    
The Google News New Zealand lead headline is from the ABC in Australia and says "Scores missing in deadly flash floods."  The web site says seven people are dead after flash floods yesterday hit the Darling Downs town of Toowoomba and several smaller townships in the Lockyer Valley. In other top stories it says McDonald's is under fire for blocking gay websites and it carries a nzherald.co.nz story which says a teenager who allegedly ran over another on his jetski has been helping in the search for his missing schoolmate.  The most popular story is from the Herald Sun and says a two-metre wall of water smashed through the Queensland city of Toowoomba yesterday, carving a trail of devastation and death.
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "'Inland tsunami' claims seven lives."  It says a wall of water rushed through the Australian city of Toowoomba yesterday, claiming the lives of at least seven people.  The web site says the Government is being accused of making empty promises after saying the 90-day trial period for new workers would be voluntary, and then asking all public sector employers to include it in all contracts.  And it says owners of a prized race car used in a New Zealand film are said to be devastated after the vehicle was destroyed by fire while taking part in an event at the weekend.  The most popular story says flash floods swept through an Australian city Monday, killing at least four people, trapping others in cars and leaving some clinging to trees as relentless rains brought more misery to a region battling its worst flooding in decades.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Quake Claimants Fed Up."  It says quake-hit homeowners need an independent advocacy service, a community group says.

In other top stories, it says there are grave fears for an unknown number of Queenslanders caught in flash flooding west of Brisbane, with at least four dead, six missing and the toll certain to climb. And it says a widow says she begged the health service to help her mentally ill husband, and when that failed she faked separation, hoping that would get him better care. Three weeks later he took his life. The most popular story says the Toowoomba flood toll is expected to climb.
The One News lead headline says "Deadly flash flood sweeps through Toowoomba."  The web site says in the most popular story daybreak will start to reveal the extent of the devastation in Toowoomba caused by flash flooding that has killed at least four people and left a large number of others stranded overnight on rooftops, waiting for help that won't arrive until daylight, officials say.  It says a coroner wants helmets, lap belts and roll bars to be compulsory on quad bikes. And it says Rubin Statham lost his final qualifying match of the Heineken Open and New Zealand number one Michael Venus bowed out in the first round.
The 3 News top story online has the headline says "Toowoomba torrents: Four dead, more missing."  The web site says flash floods swept through an Australian city Monday, killing at least four people, trapping others in cars and leaving some clinging to trees as relentless rains brought more misery to a region battling its worst flooding in decades. Another top story says the Maori Party is disappointed by the lack of Maori culture in the latest Tourism New Zealand marketing campaign. And it says there has been an massive outpouring of support for a little girl who was allegedly systematically abused by her parents for years and found with numerous injuries in a west Auckland house, Child Youth and Family says.  The most popular story for the second day in a row is the lavish Indian wedding that took place in Auckland on Friday.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Queensland's "darkest hour" - Premier."  The web site says a desperate situation is unfolding in south-east Queensland, where flash flooding has claimed the lives of at least seven people.  Another top story says the United States is mourning the deaths of six people in a shooting in Arizona on Saturday which left a congresswoman seriously wounded.  And it says the meat and shipping industries are welcoming news that the Government is considering being part of an international task force to tackle piracy off the coast of Africa.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Navy ready to hunt pirates."  The web site says a defence expert believes our Navy is well and truly ready to help hunt down pirates off the coast of Africa.  In other news it says Navy divers will today help search for a jetskier missing on a lake in the Rotorua area since Saturday afternoon. And it says Statistics New Zealand is looking for 7,000 collectors from around the country for this year's census.
 NZ@9am reports the top stories in New Zealand media online at 9am each business day and can be found at www.hbtoday.co.nz

- Hawkes Bay Today

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