The most read stories online on Monday include a warning from the inventor of synthetic cannabis that users risk serious psychological problems, the state of Eden Park in Auckland and a Russian woman who died from heart failure caused by the shock of waking up at her own funeral.  Top stories featured on the main web sites this morning include the aftermath of the Tai Tokerau by-election, the future of EMA chief executive Alasdair Thompson and all but a few flights have been resumed in and out of New Zealand as we may have seen the last of the Chilean volcano's ash cloud.  Top trending topics on Twitter include Zac Efron, Vector Arena, Peter Falk, Greg Laurie, Nicki Minaj, and Hone Harawira.
 The Google News New Zealand lead headline is from stuff.co.nz and says "Flights resume as ash cloud moves off."  The web site says all but a few flights have been resumed in and out of New Zealand this morning as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says we may have seen the last of the Chilean volcano's ash cloud. Another featured story from nzherald.co.nz says the inquest into the brutal deaths of three-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui resumes in Auckland today after seven months. And it carries a Dominion Post story which says icy conditions hovering over the lower North Island proved treacherous this morning for one driver who had to wait an hour for police to find him after he crashed. The most popular story says the American inventor of synthetic cannabis warns users to stop immediately or risk serious psychological problems.

 The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "Night of horror: 12 injured."  The web site says three people were taken to hospital after a car ploughed into them from behind as they were taking luggage from a taxi at Auckland Airport last night. It says Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says he will persist in seeking new talks with the Maori Party despite initial resistance from its co-leader Pita Sharples and his own Mana members. And it says a bitterly cold southerly from the Antarctic will sweep up the country this week, bringing snow to all skifields and single-digit temperatures to Auckland. The most read story by Gregor Paul says World Cup boss Martin Snedden is confident the world will be surprised by Eden Park. "He's right, they will be; surprised at just how awful it is; surprised that even some who have forked out $460 run the risk of being drenched."
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Christchurch earthquake legal advice sought."  The web site says in the most read story quake-hit Christchurch residents are contemplating legal action against their insurers as concerns grow over the companies' stances on cover for red-zone properties. It says the final chapter in the long-running inquest into the deaths of three-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui resumes today after seven months. And it says Prime Minister John Key is dismissing as "pure speculation" reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have cancelled a New Zealand tour.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Sparring continues after by-election win."  The web site says the stand-off between the Maori Party and Mana Party shows no sign of being resolved, as the focus turns to the November general election. It says Christchurch City and Waimakariri District Councils, dealing with the aftermath of continued earthquakes, are scrambling to find new insurance cover before their policies expire in just four days. And it says Prime Minister John Key says a free-trade deal with India would open the door for New Zealand producers to export significant volumes of dairy products and meat to one of the world's fastest-growing economies.
The 3 News top story online has the headline "EMA to discuss Alasdair Thompson's future."  The web site says the Employers and Manufacturers Association will hold a special meeting this morning, to decide whether its embattled chief executive should keep his job. It says the final stage of the inquest into the deaths of South Auckland twins Chris and Cru Kahui continues this morning. And it says a close friend of the British prime minister was found dead in a portable toilet at one of the country's leading music festivals Sunday, authorities said. The most read story says New Zealand's sanctions on Fiji have threatened the country's participation in the Rugby World Cup because six potential members of their squad are members of the military.
The One News lead headline says "Baby Blacks World Champs again."  The web site says New Zealand have continued their perfect record at the Junior Rugby World Championships, but have been made to work for their fourth title by an impressive England squad. It says stranded travellers will finally get off the ground today as disruptive ash cloud begins to clear. And it says the Employers and Manufacturers' Association will meet today to discuss the behaviour of Alasdair Thompson. The most read story says a Russian woman has died from heart failure caused by the shock of waking up at her own funeral.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Hammering bad news for Maori Party."  The story by Barry Soper says the Maori Party's hammering in the Tai Tokerau by-election is being seen as the price for coalescing with National. It says nobody knows for sure if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have cancelled plans to visit New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup. And it says seven months after the fatal explosion at the Pike River Mine, the mission to recover 29 bodies starts this week. The most read story says the scientist whose work was quoted by the BBC in an interview with Prime Minister John Key has been given an award by Forest & Bird.
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