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Talbot and Blood get creative
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Asia Pacific marcomms newspaper Media has announced its agency of the year shortlist and TBWA’s Andy Blood and DDB’s Toby Talbot are in the running for the creative of the year award.

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TVNZ finds new life on Planit
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TVNZ has recently launched its new business marketing/sales website tvnzplanit.co.nz to help agency folk (and advertisers, if they’re that way inclined) access TV and online sales opportunities.

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Side Dish for summer
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Sick of banging a collection of mystery meats on the barbie when guests come calling? Tired of ignoring the culinary master within and failing to expand the recipe repertoire? Becoming morbidly obese due to a constant diet of beer and fish ‘n’ chips?

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The children: our future
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Advertising folk are invited to take a gander at the future of New Zealand advertising as the AUT adschool students of 2009 get their portfolios out for the world to see.

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Bill Toft outed as Joe 90
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We’re quite partial to lookalikes here at StopPress and what better way to celebrate 40 years of national news than with a comparative picture of Joe 90 and his newsreading doppelgänger Bill Toft.

Joe 90

Bill Toft

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Bo, Selector
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AGM Publishing has launched a new online product resource, Selector.com, targeting the design, architecture and building industries.

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NZ’s top sustainability trailblazers revealed
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A round of applause for all the finalists in 2009 NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards. One of these regional ‘trailblazer’ winners will be the Sustainable Business of the Year, to be announced at a classy cocktail do on 12 November.

They are: Bayfair Shopping Centre, Mt Maunganui ecostore – manufacturer …

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$22m facelift for Paper Plus
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The Paper Plus Group has announced a nationwide investment and refurbishment plan to the tune of $22 million over the next two years. That’s a daily spend of more than $30,000 until December 2011.

All of the company’s 106 stores will be renovated, plus another 20 or …

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NZ-made software slinks into UK market
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If you’ve got a product for facilitating customer relationship management that gets results, the big hurdle is to get global distribution. ActionStep, a leading New Zealand Software as a Service (SaaS) provider, has signed an agreement with UK-based Deskforce to deliver ActionStep’s CRM+ hosted solution to its 20 …

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First Rate juggles senior line-up
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New Zealand’s largest search marketing agency, First Rate, has announced some new appointments and promotions. With offices in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, it is the fastest growing online direct response agency in Australasia.

Former chief operating officer Kevin Francis has been promoted to chief executive officer. His opinion piece …

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RSVP and Nexus Awards entry deadline looms
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Just a friendly reminder to get your RSVP and Nexus Award entries in by 5pm, Friday 23 October. Brought to you by the Marketing Association and sponsored by TVNZ and New Zealand Post. Show off your outstanding campaigns, get recognised, bask in the adoration of the industry. This year’s …

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ECD Jeremy Taine resigns from Ogilvy
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Jeremy Taine has resigned as executive creative director at Ogilvy effective 12 November. Basil Christensen and Damon O’Leary have been named as joint executive creative directors and will oversee Ogilvy’s national creative department.

Jeremy joined Ogilvy when the company he owned with Roy Meares, MTC, was acquired. Over …

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Waiting for a discount? Here’s 25% off
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Need to reach thousands of mid-high socio women before Christmas? InWaiting has a special offer for November – 25 per cent off all campaigns using HOME NZ magazine. This reduces the rate to $9.40 per magazine for campaigns from 500 to 1500 magazines.

Rate includes: Front cover advertising One month …

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Snaps from the Effies
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A jolly good night had by ad land at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre last Thursday – here are some pics from our gallery. Pics by Francis van Beek.

NZ Marketing magazine's Martin Bell (far left) presented Frucor the award for Most Effective Client of the Year (on stage …

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Idealog leads online user purchasing
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Pimms all round! We’re mighty chuffed for our friends at Idealog for being top in a Nielsen analysis for September.

It’s a slightly more complex market intelligence though; showing which sites have the highest percentage of their traffic consisting of people who have purchased from any website during …

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Cultural Biggwig to lead Book Council
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Business and culture heavyweight Peter Biggs is the new chair of the NZ Book Council.

He takes over from Maggie Barry, who left the board in July following her move to Auckland.

“Peter has an ideal background to provide leadership for the Council,” says acting chair Owen Marshall. “A former …

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100% Pure BS?
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TVNZ’s Media 7, with Russell Brown, hosted a vigorous discussion about the genius or otherwise of 100% Pure New Zealand.

On the panel were: George Hickton, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand (100% really good, he said), Good magazine’s Dave Hansford (100% total bulldust, he basically said …

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Finish the line – and win
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Can you complete this terrific little gag by Idealog cartoonist Alister Kitchen? Make us belly ache and we’ll send you a million dollars worth of Steinlager Edge. Post your entries on the comment wall.

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$1b boost for Progressive’s Countdown brand
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Impression of flagship store in Newtown, Wellywood

In the most drawn-out brand merger of recent times Progressive Enterprises is finally merging Woolworth’s and Foodtown brands into the more popular Countdown.

The company has also committed to investing $1 billion over five years in a major spruce up of 20 …

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Tourism NZ appoints Kevin Bowler as CEO
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Tourism New Zealand Chairman Greg Muir announced today the appointment of Kevin Bowler as its new CEO.

Mr Bowler has extensive marketing and business leadership experience spanning fast moving consumer goods, technology and media brands in New Zealand and overseas.

He is currently CEO for start-up Yahoo!Xtra, a JV …