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Good gets back on the goodfoot
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Tangible Media announced that it would be making some changes to Good magazine back in October. Well, the makeover is now complete, with a fresh editorial direction from new editor Sarah Heeringa and a snazzy redesign by art director Sally Fullam. And, freegans rejoice, for the reluanch edition of the mag that goes on sale on Monday 6 December also comes with a free copy of very handy Good Shopping Handbook.

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We’d like to thank the Academy
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You might know them as the directors of the uber-summery, very New Zealandy commercials for Tip Top and the Interislander. But before Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston sold their souls to the Sweet Shop and got into directing ads, they made a couple of short films. And their last effort, the Six Dollar Fifty Man, has made the Academy Awards long-list.

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Christmas stockings stuffed with new hires…
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… as Publicis Mojo welcomes a replacement executive creative director, Mango Communications says hello to two ‘Mango-worthy’ candidates, DNA design reels in a big one, NZ Magazines loses another editor and TV3 chooses its new European correspondent.

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Gobs smacked as Tangible Media offers festive subscription deal
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Nothing says Christmas like a magazine subscription (especially if it’s a subscription to Christmas Monthly). And Tangible Media is offering you, the people, a deal. Not only will you be remembered all year for your thoughtfulness and generosity, you’ll also get 40 percent off the retail cover price when you subscribe to one (or perhaps a few) of the many Tangible titles before Saturday 4 December. And as if that deal wasn’t sweet enough, it’s been sweetened even further by Monteith’s, which will be dishing out one dozen of its new premium drop Single Source to ten lucky subscribers.

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Flooring Xtra set to hit the Aussie ground running
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“A local shop for local people” may come from the excruciating comic genius of The League of Gentlemen, but it’s a mission statement that has worked wonders for Flooring Xtra. And now, following a rapid rise up the Kiwi carpeting ranks, it’s set to become a local company for Aussie people.

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Return of the Biggs?
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Despite some strong rumourmongery that claimed ex Clemenger BBDO Wellington managing director Peter Biggs was set to return to a role in New Zealand after five years spent successfully running the show at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, the man himself has quashed those rumours and says he’s staying put.

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[email protected]: 16-22 November
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This week on the telly, Rhys plays with his baubles; find out who wins in a fight between the Warehouse family and Countdown Colemans; look at all the pills, potions and lotions on offer for hayfever season; Farmers, Briscoes, Harvey Norman and pretty much every other retailer get into the festive spirit; the return of James Blunt leads to hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders being sick in their own mouths; and, having already launched online, ASB’s new ads finally reach the TV screens, which, if you believe the front page story on the Sunday Star Times yesterday, led to “a flurry of complaints” to the ASA about the IVF assistance ad (in media land, it seems seven complaints constitutes a flurry).

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Embrace responsible drinking, win vodka
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Absolut has released its latest limited edition seasonal bottle design and it’s packed some extra stylish bling this summer with Absolut Glimmer, a retro crystal-patterned bottle that “harks back to an era dominated by classic cocktail culture”. We’ve got two of the sparkly numbers to give away. But you must be 18 or over to enter and you must enjoy Absolut responsibly. So tell us the most responsible way to enjoy it and to the most responsible will go the liquid spoils.

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End of the line, all change…
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… as Pead PR has a growth spurt, award-winning ad photographer Rory Carter signs with International Rescue, Loyalty New Zealand welcomes an old face back to the office, McCann Worldgroup New Zealand snaps up a talented creative couple, Twenty nabs a creative director and Omnilab Media goes for the digital jugular.

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New work tickles fancies, stokes passionate marcomms fires within
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It’s raining quality commercial messages as Fly Buys gets cartoony with Air New Zealand, the National Bank finds its groove, Bazaar breads channels OMC, Fairfax goes outdoor for its new ‘Find out More’ campaign, Kiwi director Dylan Pharazyn blocks it all out for Tiger Beer and feast your eyes on two of the most powerful ads of the year.

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More shifts than a sweat shop…
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… as David Innes hangs up his headphones, Charlotte Findlay shacks up with Telecom, Q Group New Zealand opens the doors to a raft of newbies, Paul Wright aims for US domination with Harcourts and Southern Hospitality goes trans-Tasman.

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Trouble in paradise for 2010’s glamour couple?
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The local ad fraternity, the global cognoscenti and plenty of actual New Zealanders were all smitten with Orcon and Special Group’s ‘Orcon + Iggy’ campaign. But, as cliche-loving rugby players always say, you’re only as good as your last match. And despite the fact the trophies have flowed fairly freely for the pairing in 2010, the Orcon business is currently up for pitch.

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Adsend lands in NZ with some high-profile endorsements
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It’s a “web-based digital asset delivery system” used by some of the world’s top agencies and publishers. And now, with the help of Dubsat, which specialises in managing and delivering digital content for the advertising and entertainment industries, Adsend has arrived in Australasia.

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Pleasures of the flesh: of bangers, bleaters and burgers
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To celebrate the arrival of barbecue season (and to reference the recent increase in explicitly man-focused advertising) we thought it appropriate to compile a post filled to the brim with meat-related news, including the announcement of New Zealand’s Next Top Sausage, accolades for Silver Fern Farms and New Zealand’s penchant for gourmet burgers.

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Labour of love wins international animation acclaim for Cunningham
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Two New Zealand soldiers are trapped behind enemy lines in western France during World War I. They find a crying baby in a ditch, lying under its dead parents. What happens when one man wants to save it and the other doesn’t? Not only is this based on a startling true story, but the CG animated short film version, Poppy, has won two top awards at the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festivals.

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News stampede tramples hundreds of innocent bystanders…
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… as Yellow wins some more awards, the wheels on the Instant Kiwi scratchie bus go round and round, Fresh PR slips into something more comfortable, the University of Auckland School of Business reaches a big milestone with its 40,000th Short Course attendant, TVNZ ups its streaming, TV3 spruces up its website, the crowd goes wild for Microsoft Kinect and Sealegs is endorsed by scientists.

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Toot Toot merrily on High
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Despite recent well-publicised difficulties in the retail sector, Newmarket has done a pretty good job of trumpeting its swankiness and array of shopping options. But it now has a suburban rival, after an enthusiastic group of business owners from the High Street District, together with the champions of the Auckland CBD Heart of The City, appointed the Toot Group to ramp up interest in the area with “an exciting new campaign of happenings”.

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Light ‘n’ Tasty ‘n’ Pretty Out There
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Bored with your daily ad watching routine? Well, Saatchi & Saatchi and Sanitarium have come up with a solution, making 15 commercials with the same script and setting, but changing three elements in each execution for Light n Tasty’s ‘Every Day Different’ campaign.

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Money saw cuts-through, wins Best in Show
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The innovative entries came from far and wide—even for the first time from Britain—but DraftFCB’s Tony Clewett and the fantastically named Rob Banks had the stand-out with their 3D saw made from mock fifty dollar notes and were awarded Best in Show at this year’s Art of The Envelope Awards.

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To infinity and beyond: e-savvy young’uns peer into crystal ball
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Back in 1989, the first threads of the World Wide Web were woven at Waikato and Victoria Universities via a router from NASA. And, for an exorbitant $5500 a month, educational institutions in New Zealand could link to the rest of the world. The first 21 years have been chronicled by Down to the Wire, a fascinating archive of our digital history made up of interviews with media experts, techsperts and commentators. And now it’s time to look at the future, launching a competition called 20:20 Foresight that asks all students and graduates aged 17 to 25 to send in their mind-boggling visions of the internet in the year 2020.

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Gambling, sharks and rock’n’roll top tourism awards
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The people and businesses of the Garden City have endured trying times this year but they have at least one cause for celebration: Christchurch Casino took home the Air New Zealand supreme award at this year’s Tourism Industry Awards, while Kelly Tarlton’s was recognised for its innovative marketing campaigns and Rhythm and Vines took home the best festival/event tourism award.

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Mini creatives head to Mini Garage for Media Design School’s end of year soirée
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It’s not every day you get a chance to see the inner-most workings of an institution that was ranked as the world’s fourth best creative ad school by YoungGuns earlier this year. But it just so happens the young whippersnappers from Media Design School are showing off the year’s wares on Wednesday night from 5.30-8.30pm at the Mini Garage on Ponsonby Road. So, if you’re in the biz, get along and see what the future holds.

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In praise of envelopes
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It’s a celebration of creativity where the humble envelope is given a chance to shine. And tomorrow night at Deus ex Machina in Auckland, with Kiwi pop star and t-shirt dealer Dave Gibson on MC duties, the winners of the 2010 Art Of The Envelope Awards will be announced. So without further ado, here are some glamour shots of the stellar finalists who are in the running for both booty and bragging points.

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