The 5.1 aftershock in Christchurch this morning is the most popular story online at 9am on Thursday in New Zealand.  Other popular stories include a New Zealander arrested in Dubai after a jilted lover allegedly attacked him, with editors picks including the Maori Party spat with MP Hone Harawira and the death toll in the Australian floods reaching 22.
Google News New Zealand leads with a stuff.co.nz story which has the headline "Early morning quake shakes Christchurch," which is also the most popular story.  It carries a Newstalk ZB story which says the Maori Party's outspoken firebrand, Hone Harawira is now the subject of a formal complaint from his caucus colleagues after he rounded on the party in a column written for a newspaper. ANd another top story from TVNZ says a father and son commercial fishing team were plucked from their boat off Cape Farewell at the northwest tip of the South Island by a helicopter last night.
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "Kiwi's love triangle arrest."  The web site says in the most popular story a New Zealand banking analyst is behind bars in Dubai after calling police for help when a jilted lover allegedly attacked him with a knife.  In other news it says a 5.1 magnitude aftershock which struck near Christchurch this morning was one of largest since the September 4 quake, a seismologist says. And it says the Labour Party is accusing a senior minister of being in contempt of Parliament, saying he misled the House when The Hobbit movie project was under threat of being moved overseas.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Early morning quake shakes Christchurch."  The web site says in the most popular story Cantabrians experienced an early wake-up call this morning, as a strong quake hit the region. It says the hot summer is leading adult moreporks to throw chicks out of their nests because they are finding it too stifling to raise them. And it says the mother of a New Zealand man locked up in Dubai after he reportedly called police to control a jilted lover armed with a knife, says ''the whole thing has been blown out of proportion''.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Independent role not ruled out by Harawira."  The web site says Maori Party MP Hone Harawira refuses to rule out standing as an independent before the next election.  In other news, it says another strong aftershock occurred in Canterbury on Thursday morning. And it says NATO commander General David Petraeus says troops will need to remain in Afghanistan beyond the current date to transfer responsibility to Afghanistan's security forces in 2014.
The 3 News top story online has the headline "Death toll in Australia floods tops 22."  It says the death toll in the Australia floods has reached 22, after rescuers recovered the body of a missing three-year-old boy. The web site says three earthquakes measuring 5.1, 3.4 and 4.0 on the Richter scale rocked Christchurch awake this morning. And it says following a Queensland police appeal for information about a woman captured in a dramatic photo being swept away by floodwaters, they have now reported she is safe and well. And the most popular story for the second day in a row says Ricky Gervais scythed through the usual Hollywood schmaltz with a Golden Globes opening speech that not only skirted the boundaries of good taste, but leapt right over.
The One News lead headline says "Large aftershock jolts Canterbury."  The web site says in the most popular story a large aftershock has been felt in Canterbury this morning. It says a father and son commercial fishing team were plucked from their boat off Cape Farewell at the northwest tip of the South Island by a helicopter last night. And another top story says the northern Victorian town of Kerang is anxiously waiting as authorities expect water levels to peak this morning and potentially place 1500 properties at risk of flooding.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "5.1 aftershock rattles Christchurch."  The web site says there has been a large aftershock in Christchurch this morning, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale and centred 10km south-west of the city.  It says the Ministry of Education and Auckland Grammar are meeting this morning about the school's decision to offer Cambridge exams instead of NCEA to year 11 students. And another top story says two British Government Ministers will meet with Murray McCully and Dr Wayne Mapp today to talk about co-operation on international security matters and visa issues for New Zealanders.