RUN showcases the spirit of Rotorua

Māori-owned, independent creative agency RUN has launched a new campaign for Rotorua Economic Development which is running over the next three months across digital, bus backs, billboards, street posters, social and press.

The campaign features 13 Rotorua locals telling their stories, while visualising their wairua as they speak. A unique aspect of the campaign is the technology developed, allowing each kōrero to be used as individual unique designs which are showcased across all collateral.

Marketing Director for Rotorua Economic Development, Haydn Marriner says: “There’s one very special thing that makes Rotorua stand out, and that’s our people.

“We wanted this campaign to address the need to convey a stronger destination story for the benefit of the people who live, study, invest and work in Rotorua, as well as those wanting to visit.”

RUN’s indigenous lens and commercial creativity capabilities helped create the campaign.

RUN CCO Raymond McKay says: “The element of te ao Māori (the Māori world view) was crucial to this as it informed the way we approached everything, including the aesthetic.”

The visuals are based on the region’s close links to the forest, its significance with iwi and hapū, and its unique geothermal activity. 

The idea was brought to life with help from specialist development and film production company Assembly and was co-directed by Vinnie Carter of Vido Media and RUN.


Client: Jo Holmes and Haydn Marriner

Agency: RUN

Creative Directors: Raymond Otene McKay and Laura Cibilich

Designers: Laura Cibilich, Maria Philp, Russell Hooton-Fox

Operations Manager: Brianna Smith

Copywriter: Mark Easterbrook

Director/DOP: Vinnie Carter

Tech Development and Filming: Assembly

Photographer: Chris Sisarich

Media: King St

Cultural Advisors: Lance Ngata, Ariana Stone, Haydn Marriner

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