New Zealand digital agency Resn has been named Agency of the Year for the second year running at the 2018 Awwwards Conference in Berlin.
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Following a competitive pitch, Westpac has named FCB Media as its new media agency partner, effective from 1 October, a move that sees the bank shifting from incumbent Starcom.
Now in its tenth year, the Documentary Edge Festival kicks off in Auckland next week and in Wellington in early June. As per usual, the festival offers a range of audio-visual delights from here and around the world to whet creative appetites. So suggest a topic in the comments that deserves a documentary—such as the untold story of how long pies spend in the warmer at the dairy, the secret history of prime ministers and ponytails or a sordid expose on the media industry's descent into click-fuelled madness—and we'll give the best effort two tickets to a screening of their choice.
While trying to buy the latest Ken Ring book, StopPress inadvertently put a thoroughbred on the company credit card instead. So help us give it an appropriate name and the best suggestion will win two tickets worth $95 to the Melbourne Cup festivities at Ostro on November 4.
ANZ is understandably keen to get more Kiwis buying, building and renovating, so it's bringing Kevin McCloud, design expert and host of the British home renovation show Grand Designs since 1999, to visit New Zealand to offer some inspiration to property lovers. He'll talk about the highs and lows of the show (MediaWorks is currently looking for houses for a New Zealand version of the show) and offer his thoughts on how that relates to New Zealand at a one-off speaking event on 22 October at the Viaduct Events Centre. And we've got a couple of tickets to give away, so post a link to the coolest/funniest piece of design you've seen recently and to the winner shall go the spoils.
With 150 writers and more than 120 events over five days in and around Auckland’s Aotea Centre, the Auckland Writers Festival offers something for anyone interested in books, stories and ideas. We've got three double passes to three different events—Adrian Kinnaird's 'From Earth's End', Peter Alsop's 'An entrepreneurial tale' and 'Michael Leunig: exploring the creative process'—to give away, so post a link to some good writing, we'll print it out, insert it into our prose-judging robot and give the tickets to those who offer up the best suggestions.
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The cards have been printed, the stationery has arrived, the team is now in place and the doors to the new office in The Generator in Auckland’s CBD have been opened. And to celebrate Pandora NZ's launch—and its first commercial partner, Sonos Wireless—it is offering a Sonos prize pack worth over $3,800 to one lucky StopPress reader.
To celebrate the yet-to-be-born heir to the British throne, Monteith’s has created a limited edition 'Royal Series' and is sending it off to Windsor. This fits into the StopPress philosophy of buying gifts for parents, not babies, and the Princes have previously sampled some of the West Coast brews on trips to New Zealand over the years.
Current Idealog editor and ex-roving adland reporter Hazel Phillips has just released her new book Sell: Tall tales from the legends of New Zealand advertising. It's a triumph, a tour de force, a gripping romp, and it tells the story of how the local ad scene came to be and the characters who helped create it (keep an eye out for an extract in the July/August edition of NZ Marketing magazine). We've got a couple of copies to give away, so go back into the mists of time and post your favourite Kiwi ad in the comments section. The two commentors with the best taste will get the literary spoils.
One Man, Two Guvnors, which is currently playing at The Civic Theatre as part of the Auckland Arts Festival, has received a host of five star reviews around the world, with The Guardian saying that it was "a triumph of visual and verbal comedy,", Everything Theatre describing it as "one of the most side-splittingly hilarious productions ever to be staged in London" and StopPress saying "it's definitely a stage production". Benevolent taxi media company Taxi Impact has offered up a couple of tickets to the show and even though it's set in Brighton, the East End is close enough, so give us your best bit of Cockney rhyming slang and you could be the lucky recipient of a couple of $118 Lemony Snickets.
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According to entrepreneur Nick Hindson, New Zealand is ranked second in the world in the number of new businesses that are started up, but more than half don't last the distance. So, in an effort to teach New Zealanders—be they school children, corporate ballbreakers or budding entrepreneurs—about business sense and financial literacy in a more entertaining way, he has created a new board game called Market $hare, which features 64 real New Zealand businesses. We've got a couple of games worth $89.99 to give away and all you have to do is tell us what the next addition to the Monopoly board will be after the cat was chosen recently following a public vote.
Back in 2007, a man by the name of Mike Orange decided he needed to start looking after himself a bit better. In the realm of male cosmetics, there were plenty of hand me downs from corporate monsters used to producing feminine products, but nothing that "promised quality at a reasonable price without the made up words and fake science". So DirtyMan skincare was born—and, rather appropriately, it was born in a dingey bathroom on a building site. So, for all those men questioning themselves after watching the latest Lindaeur ad, or all those women who want their men to be more manly, we've got a couple of prize packs to give away and all you have to do is tell us a dirty joke.
Freeview, True and Flying Fish launched the new 'To be fair, it's got to be Free' campaign in June and, more recently, Pio has been explaining the joys of its personal video recording system MyFreeview. After the response to the last competition we ran on StopPress to celebrate the coming of the digital switchover, Freeview has offered us another Panasonic DMR-XW380 MyFreeview HD recorder valued at $800 to give away. So tell us what Olympic event you would record and why and the most creative answer will get the spoils.
If you’ve been losing sleep lately, it probably has something to do with the thought of missing out on attending the event second in glamour and prestige only to the Academy Awards, the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet and fancy your hand at winning one, it’s time to stick your nose out. We want to know, if this year’s trophies were embossed with a scratch and sniff that revealed the smell of marketing, what would that smell be? The best answer wins a ticket to the awards, valued at $245.
As the owner of a Subaru with close to 250,000kms on the clock, getting the chance to drive a car that doesn't creak when you turn into a park or smell like a squash court is something of a novelty for me. Driving Audis around Hampton Downs at high speed was certainly a helluva lot of fun, so when I was given the opportunity to take Honda's new hybrid CR-Z coupe for a hoon, I decided to give it a nudge. And the kind folks at Honda are keen to offer one StopPress reader a hoon too.