NZ@9am: 17/05/11: Most read stories online on Tuesday


The most popular story online at 9am on Tuesday says MasterChef winner Nadia Lim cannot wait to get stuck into her new life as a celebrity chef.  Other popular stories include wintery weather on the way and schools keeping girl's abortions secret from their parents. Top stories include no ambulance available for a shot Otaki woman who was dying, IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn being denied bail in New York following sex charges and former Pike River mine workers hiring top lawyers.
The Google News New Zealand lead headline is from The Guardian and says "Dominique Strauss-Kahn denied $1m bail on rape charge."  The web site says Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, is in a New York prison holding cell after he was refused bail on charges of attempting to rape a hotel maid, as prosecutors said they were looking into reports that he had engaged in a similar attack before. It carries a TVNZ story which says chief coroner judge Neil MacLean will investigate the deaths of five victims killed when their bus was hit by collapsed buildings or by falling debris. And it features a Dominion Post story which says the National Party will rely on the support of the Maori Party for its ultrafast broadband network after Act joined Labour and the Greens in saying it would vote against a bill that will pave the way for the network. THe most popular story from TVNZ says MasterChef winner Nadia Lim says she cannot wait to get stuck into her new life as a celebrity chef after keeping quiet about her win for six months.
The lead headline online says "No ambulance available for shot, dying woman."  The web site says no ambulance was sent to the aid of a shot and dying Otaki Beach woman this month because staff were busy on other calls.

It says a family's house was carried away on a truck yesterday because they did not meet the mortgage payments. And it says large families and those with teenagers may bear the brunt of Budget cuts in Working for Families, experts believe. The most read story says winter is well on the way, with another cold blast about to sweep across much of New Zealand.
The top headline says "Firefighters left to tend dying woman."  The web site says as a 23-year-old mother lay dying from a gunshot wound in Otaki Beach, no ambulances were sent to her aid.  It says former managers at the Pike River coal mine have hired top defence lawyers, as it is revealed all parties involved in the disaster will meet to discuss recovering the victims' bodies. And it says a drink-driver sent to jail yesterday after killing a mate had also killed a child in a fatal crash seven years go. The most popular story says schools are helping teenage girls keep abortions secret from their parents.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Pike River workers hire top lawyers."  The web site says some former Pike River mine workers say they have hired top lawyers to represent them because they believe the company will try to blame them for the disaster. It says the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan, has been denied bail on sexual assault charges. And it says the former Fiji military commander who is now in Tonga says he would not get a fair trial in Fiji where he is wanted for sedition.
The 3 News top story online has the headline says "Pike River miners hire lawyers, fear blame."  The web site says former contractors at the Pike River Mine have hired lawyers for the Royal Commission Inquiry into explosions at the mine last November, because they fear the company will attempt to pin the disaster on them.  It says the public service will feel the pinch in Thursday's budget, with chief executives given new savings targets. And it says the head of the International Monetary Fund must remain jailed at least until his next court hearing for attempted rape and other charges, a judge said Monday. The most read story, from last week, says two earthquakes have struck southeast Spain in quick succession, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to buildings, officials said.
The One News lead headline says "Another tough day for quake victims' families."  The web site says the inquest into Christchurch earthquake victims continues today. It says European finance ministers say that bailouts in the euro zone would carry on without IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been charged with sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel.  And it says a man who escaped police custody and hid in the roof cavity at Auckland Hospital will appear in court today. The most read story says country singer Shania Twain has revealed she grew suspicious of her former husband while they were setting up their dream home in New Zealand.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "IMF boss pleads not guilty, denied bail."  The web site says IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has denied the sexual assault and attempted rape of a New York hotel chambermaid on Monday but has been refused bail and ordered to remain behind bars pending trial. It says John Key says the Budget will forecast strong wage growth and strong employment growth over the next couple of years, well outstripping inflation. And the web site says a Tongan MP says the involvement of the Tongan royal family complicates the standoff between Fiji and Tonga.  The most read story says there's support for new freedom camping laws that could see people breaking the rules given an instant $200 fine.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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