Author Cath Winks

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King crowned amid unsurpassed Kiwi glory at NYC Caples Gala
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Start spreadin’ the news… NZ’s own Dave King, M&C Saatchi NZ’s executive creative director, has won the prestigious Irving Wunderman award at the 34th John Caples International Awards Gala, held recently in New York. In fact, the entire Kiwi contingent will be ‘waking up in the city that doesn’t sleep’ to find they’re ‘king of the hill, top of the heap’–between them they managed to bring home 50 awards from a record 51 finalist places (that’s one more than Australia, thank you very much), including seven Golds, 12 Silvers, six Bronzes and 25 Finalists. That’ll melt those little town blues.

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Movings/Shakings: March 23
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In this exciting installment of who goes where; Carly Flynn hits her Target, a Barrell role for Samsung, Plankton floats across the Tasman, Carat dangled to Sewpershad, a US import for MediaCom, Simpson’s lovin’ it at Macca’s, JML Communications expands its girth, Adshel adds Atkinson, Touchpoint’s independent new chair, and Urlich is ‘worth it’ for L’Oréal NZ.

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Bob Jones takes out Vaughan again, 30 years later, in alcohol related contest
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Nearly 30 years after Bob Jones famously smacked over TV reporter Rod Vaughan, Jones has beaten the unlucky Vaughan a second time – to win New Zealand’s most famous media award. In a cruel twist, Jones fought off Vaughan to win the latest Alcohol Press Sponsorship Award (ASP) as a result of the National Business Review’s announcement that Vaughan had joined the business newspaper’s staff.

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Download free music to your ears
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Do you love downloading music, but are afraid of the copyright laws? Luckily, there’s now a totally guilt-free, legal way to feed your ears. So, fish out that old library card of yours that’s been tucked away in the depths of your wallet since last millennium, and voila! All Auckland library members (from all 55 libraries in the Auckland region) now have access to millions of music files from the Sony Music back catalogue – for free!

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Federation flies high with Emirates
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Auckland indie Federation has been chosen by Emirates to handle its creative account in the New Zealand market. Federation won the account after a robust pitch lasting several months, understood to have involved at least two other agencies, including the incumbents Saatchi & Saatchi. As the agency of record, Federation will be responsible for brand, digital, direct and trade marketing, working alongside the Emirates corporate communications team in Dubai.

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Sweet success for Kiwi contingent at ADFEST—UPDATED
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DDB New Zealand was among the few to win Gold at this year’s Asia Pacific Advertising Festival (ADFEST 2012) Lotus Awards. The agency won Best in Show in the Promo Lotus category for Steinlager ‘Believe’. And the team also took home a Gold at the Film Lotus awards, one of only eight handed out for Sky TV ’60 things in 60 seconds’ and a Silver Press Lotus for Campaign for Best of Social Engagements for Coastguard New Zealand’s Mayday Appeal.

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String Theory goes Gonzo for Good Books’ great cause
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To raise awareness of Good Books’ benevolent raison d’être, which is purely to raise money for Oxfam, String Theory teamed up with Buck to create the first of three videos in a digital campaign called Good Books Great Writers. It’s a stunning homage to the High Priest of Gonzo – Hunter S. Thompson, and deserves plaudits for its incredible script and spectacular imagery.

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Guilt trip campaign aims to alarm you
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M&C Saatchi and the New Zealand Fire Service have launched a new multi-media campaign ‘Could you live with yourself?’ to promote the installation of smoke alarms. Currently over 90 percent of fire fatalities the New Zealand Fire Service attends do not have working smoke alarms.

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Davis’ recipe for PR success: ‘More sizzle to the steak’
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On Wednesday CAANZ Marcomms Leadership Group (MLG) is hosting a special event, Re-Imagining PR. It’s PR, ‘but not as you imagine, or know it’–because with social media constantly evolving, PR business models are also having to. Lynne Anne Davis, managing director Fleishman Hillard Asia Pacific, is one of the speakers at the forum, and she answers a quick Q&A for those of you who can’t wait for Wednesday’s gig.

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