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BANGKOK, Friday: New Zealand agencies stayed away in droves from Asian creative festival Adfest’s 2021 Lotus Awards – formerly one of the region’s most prestigious – held at a virtual ceremony last week.

Operation Forth Bridge

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LONDON, Friday: There are five or six individuals – including The Queen, Prince Charles, and British PM of the day – for whose deaths the broadcaster and government has detailed protocols.

Full House

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AUCKLAND, Friday: Val Morgan NZ claimed a strong Easter period, with 227,000 Kiwis visiting VM cinemas in the last full week of April. This was the best full-week performance seen since January 2020.

Apple bans tracking apps

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NEW YORK, Thursday: Despite fierce opposition from Facebook and Google, Apple says it’s close to going live with a new system that will let users stop apps tracking their online and real-life activity without the user’s permission.

New at Pitchblack

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AUCKLAND, Today: Ponsonby indie Pitchblack Partners has welcomed three new hires in positions across the business, citing new business wins and growth within the existing client portfolio.

The Future Me

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CHRISTCHURCH, Thursday: Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury and Strategy Christchurch have created a 90sec film to inspire prospective, current and past UC students to celebrate the power their own self-belief has to shape their world.