The earthquake which rocked New Zealand early on Friday morning and a frenzied attack on a couple in Auckland that left a man brain-dead are the most popular stories online in New Zealand on Friday at 9am. Top stories featured on the main news sites include breaking news that the Maori Party has started disciplinary action against MP Hone Harawira, the demolition of three art deco houses in Auckland has begun, and the coroner's findings yesterday on the deaths of 29 men in the Pike River Coal mine.
The Google News New Zealand top story is from nzherald.co.nz and says "House-sale row turns deadly." It says in the most popular story police are hunting Patrick Francis Young, 42, after he allegedly attacked his stepmother, 57, and her brother, 56, when the pair chanced upon him at his late father's home in South Auckland. It carries a stuff.co.nz story which says rapacious power firms would be more transparent under a mixed-model ownership for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says. And another prominent story from telegraph.co.uk says Egyptian police have been fighting protesters in intensifying clashes, and demonstrations have reported from Yemen and Gabon - a sign that defiance against authoritarian rulers in the Middle East is spreading.
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "House-sale row turns deadly." The web site says in the most popular story a frenzied attack on a couple that left a man brain-dead - and expected to die - may have been the result of a family feud over the sale of an Auckland property. It says a magnitude 5.9 earthquake this morning was felt widely across the North Island, causing many people to leap out of bed.
And it says the cost of fixing the growing leaky-school problem has risen to around $1.5 billion - but Education Minister Anne Tolley admits she has no idea where all the money will come from.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Maori Party to discipline Hone Harawira." The web site says Maori Party leaders have decided to start disciplinary action against MP Hone Harawira. It says in the most popular story a magnitude 5.9 earthquake centred near Taupo rocked the North Island this morning. And it says former South African President Nelson Mandela is in hospital, reviving concern over the health of the frail 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Harawira complaint being referred to disputes committee." The web site says the national council of the Maori Party is referring a complaint against Hone Harawira to its disciplinary and disputes committee. It says Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall says the families of the 29 dead men were not given false hope about the chances of survival. And it says a magnitude 5.9 earthquake was felt across much of the North Island and parts of the South Island at 4.02am on Friday.
The 3 News top story online has a breaking news banner that says "Demolition underway on Turua St art deco houses." The web site says the three art deco houses in the Auckland suburb of St Heliers are this morning being demolished. It says the coroner's findings yesterday on the deaths of 29 men in the Pike River Coal mine in November was another step forward for the families, but the community was still suffering emotionally and economically two months after the tragedy, Labour MP Damien O'Connor says. And it says a large 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Taupo and was felt throughout the North Island early this morning. And the most read story says Pita Sharples' field of dreams is a paddock which is to house a new approach to rehabilitating Maori prisoners.
The One News lead headline says "Harawira complaint goes to disciplinary committee." The web site says the complaint against rogue Maori Party MP Hone Harawira will be taken to the party's Disciplinary and Disputes Committee, party president Pem Bird says. It says in the most popular story the North Island was rocked by a large earthquake this morning, registering magnitude 5.9. And it says Novak Djokovic stunned defending champion Roger Federer 7-6 7-5 6-4 to reach his second Australian Open final last night after a match of high emotion which threatened to boil over.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Harawira crucial to Party vote - professor." The web site says an Auckland University professor says the Maori Party will find gathering support and votes will be difficult if Hone Harawira is not in the Party. The web site says the rain is back for the long weekend for the upper North Island and police are warning motorists to take care on the roads. And it says the CEO of Pike River Coal, Peter Whittall, has said the families of the 29 miners lost were not given false hope.