Broadcaster Martin Devlin's removal from a Jetstar flight for alleged unruly behaviour is the most popular story online at 9am on Wednesday on three of the major web sites. Other most read stories include the ongoing saga over the Wellywood sign, a severe weather watch in place for much of the country and an aftershock cutting power in Christchurch this morning. Top stories include an attempted arson at Karori police station in Wellington, flight disruptions in Europe due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland and plans to roll out ultra fast broadband. The top trending topic on Twitter is #someday
The Google News New Zealand lead headline is from stuff.co.nz and says "Third police station fire in a month." The story says Karori police station, in Wellington, was scorched and several windows were broken during an attempt to set it alight around 5am this morning. It features an ABC AUstralia story which says Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the US congress he would uproot settlements and make "painful compromises" in any peace deal with Palestinians. Another top story from Voice of AMerica says airlines have grounded about 500 flights as the ash cloud from Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano forced the cancellation of flights in and out of Scotland, northern Britain and Northern Ireland. The most popular story from nzherald.co.nz says broadcaster Martin Devlin said he had only commented about a flight delay and asked if the Jetstar plane had equipment to fly in foggy conditions before police escorted him from a flight.
The nzherald.co.nz lead headline online says "Road toll: Carnage at 31-year low." The web site says the road toll is at its lowest in more than 30 years - and high fuel prices are partly responsible. It says Richie McCaw, the multi-decorated All Black captain, will sign on for another four-year deal today, joining his celebrated teammate Daniel Carter in pledging his extended allegiance to the black jersey. And it says the man who created Mike Tyson's Maori-inspired facial tattoo is trying to delay the much awaited comedy The Hangover: Part II after claims the film-makers copied his art without asking. The most read story says broadcaster Martin Devlin says cabin crew overreacted in removing him from a Jetstar flight today for alleged unruly behaviour.
The Stuff.co.nz top headline says "Maori warned over ageing foreign fishing boats." The web site says Maori have been warned by the government about the way they are using ageing foreign charter fishing boats to catch their Treaty of Waitangi quotas. It says secrecy surrounding filming of The Hobbit is so tight that even a fire crew called to an explosion at Sir Peter Jackson's Wellington studio has been gagged. And it says a third police station in a month has been set alight following a suspected attack with a molotov cocktail. The most read story says an aftershock cut power to several suburbs in Christchurch this morning.
The Radio New Zealand lead headline online says "Dairy farmer payout 'could generate 4000 jobs'." The web site says Federated Farmers estimates that this season's record dairy payout will generate more than 4000 extra jobs. It says the demolition of the quake-damaged Hotel Grand Chancellor in central Christchurch could destroy a neighbouring undamaged hotel, US experts have warned. And it says a significant aftershock in Christchurch cut power supplies to several suburbs for a short time on Wednesday morning.
The 3 News top story online has the headline "Iceland volcano: up to 500 flights cancelled." The web site says the ash cloud from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano continues to disrupt travel in Scotland and northern Scandinavia, and London's Heathrow airport is bracing for the inevitable drift south. It says US President Barack Obama has begun his official two day visit to the United Kingdom. And it says the last time a white kiwi was spotted was seven years ago on Little Barrier Island, but now the Wairarapa has its own rare form of the bird. The most read story says Wellington Airport has been threatened with legal action from the owners of the Hollywood sign after the decision to go ahead with a copycat Wellywood sign was announced this week.
The One News lead headline says "Split Telecom good for everyone - CEO." The web site says the restructuring of Telecom is being hailed as a good move for customers. It says another lower North Island police station has been the focus of an apparent arson attack this morning, the second in three days. And it says the Auckland Council will debate today whether Auckland Zoo's lone elephant Burma will get two friends.The most read story says it appears the fine weather for the week is about to end, with a severe weather watch now in place.
The Newstalk ZB lead headline says "Concerns over affordability of UFB." The web site says there are concerns that ultra-fast broadband will be unaffordable for some people. It says it appears we may've seen the last of the fine weather for the week, with a severe weather watch now in place. And it features a Mike Hosking editorial which says the Twitter scandal in Britian is not just about Ryan Giggs. He says it's about the role and respect of the law and the courts. The most read story says broadcaster Martin Devlin has been "pulled off" a plane at Wellington Airport and taken into police custody.
The top trending topics on Twitter in New Zealand at 9am are #someday, #inmiddleschool, #wellywood, Harold Camping, Hobbit, Missouri, Transformers, Kim Possible, and Modern Warfare.