Kiwi cubs urged to spit and polish as Cannes Young Lions deadline looms

  • Advertising
  • April 26, 2011
  • StopPress Team
Kiwi cubs urged to spit and polish as Cannes Young Lions deadline looms

Youngish advertising whippersnappers have just three days left to enter the Fairfax Media Young Print Lions competition. And past winner Brent Colliver suggests entrants would be well-advised to spend the last few days polishing their entries. 

Colliver won the chance to attend and compete at Cannes in 2008 and says it was a life-changing experience.

“I won’t lie, the Young Lions Competition is tough. But it’s rewarding, and afterwards, you’re free to experience all the amazing things that the festival has to offer. Which is heaps. Aisle after aisle of the best work in the world and inspiring talks from the likes of David Droga and Nick Law.”

This year’s Fairfax Media competition, which closes on Friday, 29 April at 5pm, is open to all young creative professionals who will be 28 years old or under at the time of the festival. This year the category is print, which is open to a team comprised of a copywriter and art director who will respond to a brief to create a print advertisement. Last year, Augusta Grayson and James Davidson from SparkPHD were finalists in the Media competition and Nicole Hetherington and Simon Fowler from Y&R made it through in the Cyber category. Both came away empty handed, but at least they learned how to do a Lithuanian sexy dance.

The winning teams will be announced on 10 May at Fairfax Media’s Viaduct office and the generous Fairfaxians will cover the cost of airfares, transfers, accommodation and festival registration. It probably won't cover the costs of super yacht rental, dry cleaning or phone replacement, however.

Full information and entry forms are available at


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Diversity and inclusion in action: Why Spark gets behind the Pride community

  • Media
  • February 21, 2019
  • Sarah Williams
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One of Aotearoa's biggest companies, Spark, is a firm supporter of the LGBTQI+ community through its annual Pride advertising campaigns, its partnership with charity OUTline, and its diversity and inclusion values within the company. Head of brand at Spark New Zealand Sarah Williams explains why the company chose to champion this social issue, how these campaigns attract both the loudest praise and the greatest vilification from New Zealanders, and why that it makes it the most important cause the company champions.

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