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Politics

Rainbow Advisory Board considered this Thu

"Auckland Council needs to bin plans for a Rainbow Advisory Board when they are presented to them this Thursday, "says Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate Stephen Berry.

$190m Maori Board wishlist opposed - Berry (28 April 2015)
'Govt way too slow' to get USAR deployed (28 April 2015)
More hype and half-truths from Coleman - Annette King (28 April 2015)

Business

Keep rates at 3.50% with an easing bias - NZIER shadow board

NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board says the Reserve Bank should leave the Official Cash Rate at 3.50 percent on Thursday. But the Board’s sentiment is shifting - rate rises are off the table for now and there is a growing sense that the Reserve Bank’s next move should be down.

'A win-win' for NZ employers and Filipino workers (28 April 2015)
Say no to McDonalds on May 1 - union (28 April 2015)
McD's walks out of zero hour contracts bargaining - union (28 April 2015)

National

Canterbury student avoids suicide bombings and kidnappings

A University of Canterbury student who has just graduated with a commerce degree completed much of his thesis in Afghanistan, avoiding suicide bombings and kidnappings.

Car hits road works truck on Southern Motorway (29 April 2015)
Tourists have property stolen (28 April 2015)
Red Cross aid workers headed to Nepal (28 April 2015)

Sport

Football: Champions clash heads Rd 1

Two recent winners of the ASB Chatham Cup will clash in the first round of the 2015 edition of New Zealand Football’s national knockout cup competition.

Rugby: New Zealand Under 20 squad named (28 April 2015)
Golf: Turnberry - Time For A Change (28 April 2015)
Jason Nightingale receives late Kiwis call-up (28 April 2015)

Entertainment

'I Will be There' single to commemorate WW1 anniversary

Independent record label Symphonic Architect will be releasing "I Will be There", a brand new single and part of their album Inconnu, which will be launched later in the year to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

Broods urge young kiwi musos to enter Smokefreerockquest (28 April 2015)
South Pacific the musical to tour NZ (28 April 2015)
Comedy reigns supreme at Queenstown Winter Festival (28 April 2015)

Health

NZ 'needs to do more for victims of vaccine-injury'

While New Zealand is doing very well in terms of increasing vaccination rates "as a nation we often fail victims of vaccine-injury." That’s the conclusion of Katherine Smith, spokeswoman for No Forced Vaccines, a group that opposed forced or coerced vaccination.

Rheumatic fever awareness campaign launched (28 April 2015)
The Vice Guide to Mental Health launched (28 April 2015)
'Science, not bureaucracy', should be at the heart of vaccination policy (27 April 2015)

Technology

Gibbons Lectures: From mouse to smartphone and beyond

Predicting our online future is a perilous business but it is clear that touch, gesture and away-from-the-screen technologies are either already here or on their way, says Professor Mark Apperley from the University of Waikato’s Department of Computer Science.

Serko Mobile now available on Apple Watch (24 April 2015)
Lecture series: Human-computer interaction (22 April 2015)
NetHui 2015 website launches (20 April 2015)
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