NZ@9am: 08/02/10 - Most popular stories online in New Zealand

By PETER FOWLER

The future of suspended Maori Party MP Hone Harawira, soaring temperatures in the South, the death of a 17 year old in a road accident and a photo shoot by reality TV star Kim Kardashian are among the most popular stories online in New Zealand at 9am on Monday.  Coverage of Hone Harawira includes an NZPA story which says the Te Tai Tokerau electorate committee has called the Maori Party caucus 'bloody cowards' while another story quotes co-leader Tariana Turia as saying Harawira has been playing up because he didn't get a Ministerial post.  Another story quotes a Ngapuhi kaumatua as saying support for Harawira is falling while another says Hone Harawira will arrive in Wellington this morning to a political and media storm.    
The Google News New Zealand lead story is from nzherald.co.nz and is headlined "Support for Harawira starting to wane - kaumatua."  The story, which is also the most popular, says suspended Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has widespread support in his electorate - but that support is starting to wane, a Ngapuhi kaumatua says. Another top story from TVNZ says a man has gone of trial in the High Court at Palmerston North today, accused of murdering a three-year-old girl. And a story from the Guardian says Sudanese officials are keeping a wary eye on a spate of student protests across the predominantly Arab north inspired by the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings.  
 
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "Killed on his 17th birthday."  The web site says in the most popular story a teenager celebrating his 17th birthday was killed in a road crash yesterday - the second tragedy to strike the family after his mother died in a similar way a decade ago.

It says a boatie who was thrown from a powerboat after it collided with a buoy was too dazed to tell emergency services that his mate was trapped under the capsized vessel. And it says suspended Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has widespread support in his electorate - but that support is starting to wane, a Ngapuhi kaumatua says.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Harawira face-off."  The web site says suspended Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is this morning set to touch down in Wellington to a political and media storm. It says Terry Serepisos is flying to Zurich in a bid to save the Phoenix football team and four of his other companies – but Inland Revenue is pushing ahead with plans to liquidate them. And it says Kiwis may have missed out on a Waitangi Day off, but that hasn't stopped Britons, Australians and Canadians marking it for us. And the most popular story says she previously described the images as "porn" and claimed the magazine went back on their word, but reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she now loves the naked images of her in W magazine.
 The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Maori Party stands by Harawira suspension."  The web site says the Maori Party is defending its decision to suspend the Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira ahead of the party's disciplinary process. it says the Police Minister says tougher penalties for assaulting police officers must be pushed through Parliament. ANd it says unions representing low income earners say a 25 cents an hour increase in the minimum wage is pathetic.
The 3 News top story online has the headline "Maori Party blasted as 'bloody cowards'".  The web site says the Maori Party caucus have been blasted as "bloody cowards" for suspending Hone Harawira by the Te Tai Tokerau electorate committee. It says Terry Serepisos is heading to Switzerland in a bid to save the Phoenix soccer team and four of his other businesses as the Inland Revenue Department seeks to liquidate them over debts of more than $3.5 million. And it says thirteen dollars an hour may be too little for New Zealand’s unions but there are some workers in our community who struggle to make even that.  The most popular story says Air New Zealand has announced that people will be able to use mobile phones on its new black A320.
The One News lead headline says "Maori Party caucus 'bloody cowards'".  The web site says in the most popular story the Te Tai Tokerau electorate committee has blasted the Maori Party caucus as "bloody cowards" for suspending Hone Harawira. It says a chorus of complaint greeted the government's decision yesterday to raise the minimum wage by 25 cents an hour. And it says the man accused of murdering and dismembering 32-year-old Auckland mother Carmen Thomas is due in court today.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Harawira wanted Ministerial post."  The web site says Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia believes Hone Harawira has been kicking up a fuss because he didn't get a Ministerial post. It says deputy opposition leader Annette King says the Government's plan to increase the minimum wage by 25 cents is an insult.  And it says The Hobbit will start filming on March 21 after a number of delays caused by union disputes and Sir Peter Jackson's stomach ulcer. And the most popular story says 40.3 degrees a record temperature for Timaru: Christchurch, Ashburton, Alexandra, Oamaru all 36 degrees, Dunedin 35, Blenheim and Gisborne 34.

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