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Executive shuffle: NZME announces two senior appointments; Fraser leaves MediaWorks—UPDATED

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  • September 2, 2015
  • Damien Venuto
Executive shuffle: NZME announces two senior appointments; Fraser leaves MediaWorks—UPDATED

This week has seen an executive shuffle at two of the nation's major media players. Following on from reports that MediaWorks group head of revenue Liz Fraser had resigned from her post to take up a new position at Air New Zealand, NZME has today announced the appointment of Laura Maxwell as its group head of revenue and Sandra King as general manger of market solutions. Update: NZME responds to a few questions regarding the changes.

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ANZ muscles into the rugby limelight with its Dream Big initiative

  • September 2, 2015
  • StopPress Team
ANZ muscles into the rugby limelight with its Dream Big initiative

During the Cricket World Cup, ANZ used its Dream Big initiative to get cut-through the marketing noise during the Cricket World Cup. Rather than focusing exclusively on the event, the bank brought its Black Caps sponsorship to life by travelling around the country showing its support for grassroots cricket by upgrading the facilities at various grounds around the country. And now, with the Rugby World Cup fast approaching, ANZ is at it again, this time renovating Waitemata Rugby Club in a new video posted to Facebook. The difference in this instance is that ANZ isn't even a sponsor of Rugby New Zealand, the All Blacks or the Rugby World Cup.

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Turbulent Tweeters and the fickle fallibility of the national memory: the NZ flag saga continues

  • Design
  • September 1, 2015
  • Holly Bagge
Turbulent Tweeters and the fickle fallibility of the national memory: the NZ flag saga continues

Today the Flag Consideration Panel announced the shortlist of the flag designs consisting of four, which eligible voters will rank in the first binding postal referendum later this year. Twitter responses on the matter range from ambivalent, to angry and some of them are, from our view, quite funny. The somewhat heated responses reminds us of other flag designs and national symbols which people loathed to begin with before they became beloved national icons. We take a look at a few examples after sharing some of our favourite tweets on the shortlisted designs.

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Icebreaker goes primal for the launch of its new collection

  • Advertising
  • September 1, 2015
  • StopPress Team
Icebreaker goes primal for the launch of its new collection

Icebreaker has released a new ad called ‘Live wild. Be wild’, which is part of a larger campaign to be launched in New Zealand in the next six months. And as usual (and as has worked for it) the brand has again effectively emphasised a connection to nature.

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Blue September calls on Kiwis to give prostate cancer the finger

  • Not-for-profit
  • September 1, 2015
  • StopPress Team
Blue September calls on Kiwis to give prostate cancer the finger

As is often the case with cancer, the sufferer's chances of recovery are drastically increased by early detection of the disease. However, when it comes to prostate cancer, many men tend to have inhibitions about having the rectal examination necessary to check for prostate abnormalities. For this reason, not-for-profit organisation Blue September has released a confronting message for its 2015 campaign that encourages men to "man up and give prostate cancer the finger".

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M2 consolidates advertising accounts, appoints Rapp

  • Media
  • August 31, 2015
  • Damien Venuto
M2 consolidates advertising accounts, appoints Rapp

Orcon, Slingshot and Flip will come under the creative direction of a single agency, following confirmation that Rapp will take over all three brands. This move brings an end to Orcon's partnership with Contagion, Slingshot's with Mr Smith, and Flip's with Sugar & Partners, and it will also see the PR responsibilities associated with each of the ISPs also redirected to the DDB offices as Mango takes over.

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OMD’s swanky new home

  • Design
  • August 31, 2015
  • StopPress Team
OMD’s swanky new home

OMD Group vacated its College Hill premises, its home for over a decade, to shift into a stylish new office space in Mt Eden. Here’s the lowdown on the new space and the thinking behind it.

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Media Munchies: Matt McLean

  • Media Munchies
  • August 31, 2015
  • StopPress Team
Media Munchies: Matt McLean

TVNZ’s news department has been basking in impressive ratings in recent months. And Matt McLean has been part of the reporting and presenting team for around seven years, moving between Close Up, Breakfast and One News. The 28-year-old shares his love of Buzzfeed quizzes, pop music and TJ Perenara.

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Auckland Transport gets its advertising house in order, hands Ambient/QMS the keys

  • Media
  • August 28, 2015
  • Ben Fahy
Auckland Transport gets its advertising house in order, hands Ambient/QMS the keys

As Auckland grows, so too does Auckland Transport (AT), the body in charge of the city's public transport. Since it sprung from the loins of the Super City in 2009, it has, understandably, been focused more on operational improvements than commercialising its assets. But that's set to change with AT consolidating its outdoor advertising and signing a nine year contract with Ambient Group, which was acquired by the soon-to-launch QMS Media back in May for an undisclosed sum.

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