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NZME partners with Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council (CCC) has chosen NZME as its media partner to support the hugely popular SummerTimes event series.

CCC has a swathe of events planned from December to February and will partner with NZME’s multiple brands, platforms and partnerships to draw the Christchurch community together to celebrate all the city has to offer.

Christchurch City Council Events and Art Manager, Tanya Cokojic says: “We are thrilled to be working with NZME on bringing an epic lineup of events to our residents and visitors to Ōtautahi Christchurch this summer.”

NZME’s powerhouse media brands including the New Zealand Herald, Newstalk ZB, ZM, The Hits, Radio Hauraki and Coast will get Cantabrians out to play following CCC’s successful winter series.

NZME South Island Head of Agency Matt Bowness says: “We’re excited to once again partner with the Christchurch City Council and OMD Christchurch to help bring the SummerTimes events programme to life. The winter series was absolutely amazing, which saw Ōtautahi Christchurch lit up for Tīrama Mai and the Matariki Fireworks were nothing short of spectacular.”

NZME has signalled growth in the South Island as a key strategic focus for the business and recently bolstered its leadership team with Ben Harris joining as General Manager and Bowness moving to head NZME’s Christchurch agency team.

This follows the expansion of NZME’s team of Christchurch-based multimedia journalists working across the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB news operations along with the appointment of John MacDonald to host local Newstalk ZB show ‘Canterbury Mornings’.

NZME Chief Revenue Officer Paul Hancox says: “To have strategic partnerships with a great organisation like the Christchurch City Council to help them deliver vibrant, fun and community focussed celebrations like SummerTimes, is a real privilege for our local teams. Roll on summer!”

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