NZ@9am: 15/04/11: Most read stories online on Friday

By PETER FOWLER

The most read stories online on Friday include New Zealand Post plans to close outlets and lay off staff, video of a polar bear and cub who awoke from hibernation to find a major construction site had sprung up and an autistic man wrongfully convicted of raping a woman speaking of his living hell.  Top stories include a chemical spill in Auckland and an ACC advisor dropping a lawsuit against a sexual abuse victim.
The Google News New Zealand lead headline is from nzherald.co.nz and says "NZ Post to close outlets, cut jobs."  The site also features a stuff.co.nz story which says a senior ACC doctor is to drop a $250000 lawsuit against a sexual abuse victim after comments she said about him were removed from the internet this week, ACC Minister Nick Smith says. And another story from stuff.co.nz says the Government has secretly beefed up New Zealand's firepower in Afghanistan, deploying light armoured vehicles and stepping up its combat presence.  The most popular story says an autistic man wrongfully convicted of raping a woman has spoken of his living hell, his two years of complete silence behind bars and the bittersweet moment when he was awarded more than $350000 in compensation.
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "NZ Post to close outlets, cut jobs."  The web site says a number of New Zealand Post workers are set to lose their jobs as the company looks to cut costs by closing outlets.

It says plans for a compulsory builders' guarantee for quality of work have been ditched from legislation drawn up after the multi-billion dollar leaky building scandal. And it says an alleged conman accused of ripping off the rich and famous is fighting extradition to New Zealand, saying he won't get a fair trial. The most popular story says a mother polar bear and her cub recently came out of hibernation to find the remote Alaska island where they bedded down last October had become a construction site.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "NZ Post set to close shops."  The web site says in the most popular story New Zealand Post is poised to close some of its Post and Kiwibank outlets and lay off dozens of staff after warning the Government that it was making a $40 million loss on its store network. It says a senior ACC doctor is to drop a $250,000 lawsuit against a sexual abuse victim, ACC Minister Nick Smith says. And it says unsuspecting parents could be hit with copyright fines if illegal downloading happens under their roof as the Government cracks down on internet piracy.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "ACC adviser drops lawsuit against sexual abuse victim."  The web site says a senior ACC medical adviser has decided to withdraw his legal action against a sexual abuse victim who posted comments about him on the internet. It says New Zealand Post plans to close some of its Post and Kiwibank outlets and lay off staff. And the web site says legislation giving wide powers to the Government and a new earthquake recovery authority for Christchurch has passed in Parliament under urgency.
The 3 News top story online has the headline "Gadhafi forces shell besieged Libyan city, 13 dead."  The web site says forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi shelled a besieged western city Thursday, killing at least 13 people, and new explosions rocked Tripoli as the US told a NATO meeting the alliance must intensify its mission to isolate the Libyan leader and "bring about his departure". It says a number of New Zealand Post workers are set to lose their jobs as the company looks to cut costs by closing outlets. And it says Britain must cut immigration dramatically to ease social strain, according to Prime Minister David Cameron, telling supporters the influx of newcomers was putting serious pressure on some communities. The most read story, from Monday, says a strong earthquake has rattled Japan's northeast and sparked a fresh tsunami alert on the one-month anniversary of the massive temblor and wave that devastated the northeastern coast and unleashed a still-unfolding nuclear crisis.

The One News lead headline says "Motel evacuated after chemical spill."  The web site says forty people had to be treated for red and stinging eyes after a chemical spill near Auckland Airport.  It says Sir Peter Jackson has given fans a first glimpse from behind the scenes of The Hobbit movies. The most read story says up to twenty New Zealand Post and Kiwibank outlets will close with 100 people expected to lose their jobs.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Job cuts to hit NZ Post."  The web site says self-service machines are likely to replace people at New Zealand Post and Kiwibank outlets around the country. It says there is a call for an inquiry into the Aaron Farmer case. And it says a Wellington club rugby player has received a life ban for striking a referee, moments after headbutting a Hutt Old Boys Marist player. And the most read story says Newstalk ZB has picked up a number of prizes at the 2011 NZ Radio Awards including the prestigious Station of the Year.

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