Over 9000 designs were submitted online as part of the government's $27 million flag consideration campaign (and many of them were 'avin' a laff). But businessman and philanthropist Gareth Morgan, who is a big proponent of changing the flag—"to bury this artefact that tells a lie and is an insult to Maoridom"—didn't feel the brief was adequate, didn't feel people understood the history of the existing flag and didn't feel the Treaty of Waitangi was being placed at the core of the process. So he decided to stump up $20k for an alternative competition and incentivise designers to come up with something that would tell the story of New Zealand. And Auckland design agency Studio Alexander beat out around 1000 entries for the prize with 'Wā kāinga / Home'.
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Nursing a niche: health media portfolio comes under local ownership, NZ Doctor editor step onto 'media mogul' ladder
Two of the country's most successful trade titles, New Zealand Doctor and Pharmacy Today, have changed hands.
Mediaworks has released its promo for its highly-anticipated new current affairs show Story, set to debut next month. PLUS ratings for Seven Sharp and Come Dine with Me.
Future Tense: Fairfax's Simon Tong on bloody noses, the fallacy of clickbait and the benefits of scale
For the 14th time, New Zealand’s most trusted brands have been named by Reader’s Digest and the top three—Whittaker’s, Dettol and Toyota—remains unchanged from last year, with Whittaker's making it four years on the trot at the top.
When I was about six (after sneakily watching one-too-many scary movies) I thought I could turn myself into a cool vampire with a special potion made out of potato chips and juice that had been left on a window sill overnight to gain extra “power”. Turns out old Raro and soggy chicken chips only makes you spew, yet I still had the confidence and imagination to try. And that’s the message this new ad by Tower is getting across by asking children the rather odd question: “What would you do if a penguin stole your bike?”
The best outdoor and print ads are simple, visually arresting and try to create a smile in the mind. And natural health company Red Seal has managed to do just that with a campaign that illustrates its product-development philosophy of combining scientific research and naturopathic knowledge.
As has been the case in previous years, we have whittled down the numerous TVC of the Week winners since our last survey to 52 contenders. Voting ends on Friday, so get in there and choose the best of the year.
When we think about domestic abuse, examples that readily come to mind are likely the physical and verbal kind. Women’s Refuge is highlighting the fact that these aren’t the only concerns with its latest campaign which aims to fight against and raise awareness of technology’s role in abuse.
Tourism New Zealand has taken the unique approach of teaming up with Facebook and production company Symphony to create an online series for its latest campaign which follows the adventures of a young couple travelling around the country in a Kombi.
Over the past 11 years, Bridget Lamont has moved her way up the ranks at the green juggernaut of Kiwi retail to eventually become the general manager of marketing. She recently chatted to us about price wars, shouty retail advertising and the perception that Countdown isn’t a Kiwi company.
Modern media is awash in restructures. NZME is currently grappling with a multi-headed beast. MediaWorks TV is haemorraging viewers at primetime and trying to integrate its various platforms. Fairfax is in the throes of its News Rewired programme. And TVNZ, despite benefitting from the troubles of its free-to-air broadcast rival and clocking in with record share for One News and Seven Sharp, obviously doesn’t want to miss out, so it has embarked on a proposed restructure that aims to make it a fully digital media business and those changes are set to affect approximately 30 roles.
After 12 years of business, Consortium has closed its doors after losing the AUT business. And Young & Shand has taken over its sole account, Lightbox, as well as four of its staff. PLUS: Young & Shand's other business wins and new staff announcements.
Whether it's a tipi, a treehouse or a big boot, there are plenty of strange Airbnb rentals available. But a spot in a stadium is one we haven't seen before. That's what Airbnb and NZ Rugby have done to celebrate the Bledisloe Cup Match on August 15, with a competition offering four people the chance to win an overnight stay in a remodelled, All Blacks-themed box. PLUS: Airbnb's new ad and the ensuing parodies.
For four years, the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix has drawn the crowds and the competitors to the Auckland Domain with its heady brew of speed, creativity, dubious engineering and, ideally, low-level injury resulting from spectacular crashes. The gravity-fuelled competition is back for its fifth run on November 22 and Red Bull and Special Group have created a clever 'interactive' call for entries campaign to get more teams interested in competing (and, presumably, more sadists interested in watching them).