SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Following are some of the lead
stories from New Zealand metropolitan newspapers on Monday.

Stories may be taken from either the paper or Internet
editions of the papers.

Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch
for their accuracy.


Love him or hate him, Kim Dotcom’s not going anywhere yet.

The larger-than-life internet entrepreneur has kept lawyers
and journalists busy for more than three years in the lead up to
his extradition hearing; which is finally set to kick off on
Monday morning. You’ll be forgiven if your interest in the
landmark copyright case has waned through the ongoing and
convoluted legal battles, a bizarre jaunt into the music
industry and a brief foray into politics.


Jakarta’s Ciputra World boasts opulent apartments, a hotel,
theatre, mall and art gallery within its whopping 750,000 square
metres. The recently completed development is bigger than the
entire Christchurch commercial rebuild put together- and a Kiwi
firm engineered it.

Beca is a rare example of a New Zealand services firm with a
long history in Southeast Asia, having set up shop in Indonesia
and Singapore in the 1970s.



Hamilton Zoo keeper Samantha Lynda Kudeweh adored tiger that
killed her

The oil and gas sector is heading into one of the quietest
summers for years, with permits surrendered and smaller players
gobbled up by bigger companies.

Sagging oil prices have resulted in tens of thousands of job
losses in the sector around the world and New Zealand’s small
industry is not immune.

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the industry
turned over more than $2 billion in production and spending on
exploration last year. But that was then.


A new poll shows the four flags shortlisted for a referendum
on a flag change have so far failed to win the public over –
only 25 per cent of voters want a change.


Peer-to-peer lender Harmoney is set to make a bigger push to
get mum-and-dad investors on board as it faces competition from
two new entrants.

The online business which aims to provide cheaper consumer
finance than the banks attracted 10,000 sign-ups from members of
the public wanting to loan their money out in its first year.

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