Staff ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

… as RadioLIVE’s Maggie Barry throws in the towel, Sarah Stuart takes over as editor of Woman’s Weekly, Rapp Tribal welcomes two new deputy creative directors, MediaWorks says goodbye to some experienced journalistic campaigners, Chris Rudd leaves ACP Magazines and Tourism New Zealand fills its boots with five new hires.

No more Maggie

Maggie Barry has decided not to renew her contract with RadioLIVE and will finish her drive-time show just prior to Christmas. Barry says she has a number of projects underway for 2011 and wanted the time and energy to focus on them.

“I have enjoyed my time at RadioLIVE. There’s never a dull moment and I will miss my colleagues and, of course, our loyal listeners,” she said. “Hosting a daily radio show has been stimulating but it is enormously time consuming and I want more flexibility to travel and write and do other things.”

Group programme director Jana Rangooni said Barry is the consummate professional broadcaster and RadioLIVE has been lucky to have her for the last two years.

“She is one of the country’s best interviewers and has demonstrated that intelligence and integrity on a daily basis on Drive,” she says. “Maggie will be missed by her colleagues and listeners, but we respect the fact she wants to focus on other areas and we absolutely wish her well.”

Options for a new drive-show host are now under consideration but no decisions are expected until the new year. As you’d expect, there’s already some speculation that Paul Henry could fill the vacancy

Kitchin replaced

After the editorial hubbub when Sido Kitchin and Fiona Fraser left APN’s Woman’s Weekly and shacked up with ACP’s Woman’s Day, gossip hungry women around the country (actually, it was mostly media and PR types) wondered who would fill the vacant roles. Turns out it’s Sarah Stuart, who’s currently the managing editor of APN’s regional newspaper group, which includes seven daily newspapers and 45 community titles.

Stuart spent a year with the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly in the early 1990s before going overseas and working at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney. She returned to New Zealand in 2000 and was features editor on the Sunday Star-Times before moving to the Herald on Sunday, where she became deputy editor.

She’s got some big shoes (and bright teeth) to fill. But word is she’s got plenty of contacts from her previous roles. No word on a replacement deputy editor as yet, however.

Two for Rapp Tribal

Rapp Tribal has made its first major creative hires following the business merger in August this year, with award winning creative duo David Reid and Steve Anderson joining as deputy creative directors. They will work under creative director Aaron Goldring and provide creative direct and digital leadership across RAPP Tribal and DDB Group clients, including Telecom, Yellow, ANZ, McDonald’s, Cadbury and Sky TV.

Reid and Anderson have worked at Saatchi & Saatchi Johannesburg, Aim Proximity and Saatchi & Saatchi NZ. They’ve also won a few trophies at the One Show, Caples, ECHOS, Andys, Cannes, London international and a Grand Prix at New York Festivals.

“Dave and Steve have produced some seriously inspiring work; their ‘Go Girls Virginity Map’ is one of my favourite digital campaigns this year,” says Goldring.

A lot can happen in 60 minutes

According to the NZ Herald, MediaWorks is closing the Wellington Office of 60 Minutes. Amanda Millar and former Herald reporter Alison Horwood have accepted redundancy and decided not to relocate to Auckland and other staff are apparently discussing relocation or redundancy.

Mark Jennings, head of news and current affairs, wouldn’t rule out further job cuts.

“Current affairs television is expensive, investigative journalism like 60 Minutes is not cheap,” he said. “With the cost pressures that are on us it made good financial sense to bring the production back to Auckland. Jobs were offered but only two took up the offer to move north.”

As far as costs go, 2010 has been a rough one for the broadcasters, with teams reporting from two major disasters in the South Island proving to be very expensive, both in terms of satellite broadcasting costs and accommodation costs.


After seven years at ACP Magazines, the last five as sales manager of the key accounts department, Chris Rudd has left.

“It happened quite quickly and I didn’t get a full chance to say thank you and goodbye to the many clients and agencies I have worked with,” he says.

Before his current role, Rudd did a five year stint with Air New Zealand magazine and before that he was with ACP. No word on what’s next, except for some firm plans to drink beer and watch the Aussies do poorly in the Ashes.

“Although magazines are my passion, I might see what else is out there. Or as I live on Waiheke I might just give it all up and go pick some grapes.”

He can be contacted at [email protected].

High five

Tim Burgess (left) and Paul Yeo

Tourism New Zealand has announed five further appointments to strengthen its executive leadership team and offshore marketing and international public relations functions.

Paul Yeo joins Tourism New Zealand as the general manager, tourism operations. This role is focused on industry and trade relationships, infrastructure and quality (covering Qualmark, i-SITEs and the China Monitoring Unit) and kaupapa Maori. Yeo has worked in the tourism industry for 35 years and is currently the chief executive of the Inbound Tour Operators Council (ITOC) and the Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ).

Yeo has previously held roles in Regional Tourism Organisations and returns to Tourism New Zealand where he started his career in 1975, with the then New Zealand Tourist & Publicity Department.

Tim Burgess has been appointed to the position of regional manager, Australia, joining from Tourism Bay of Plenty, where, for the last five years, he has been the general manager. Having started his career as a journalist, Burgess has a strong background in international media and international media events planning. He also returns to Tourism New Zealand having worked with the organisation as its media planning manager from 2000 to 2005.

Yeo and Burgess will join Tourism New Zealand in early 2011.

In the marketing team, Kate Necklen has been appointed as regional marketing communications manager, Asia. She joins Tourism New Zealand from the Public Trust and prior to this she worked for Unilever for a number of years in Auckland, Sydney and London.

Her background demonstrates a great mix of international and commercial marketing experience, an understanding of Asia (in particular China and Japan) and a passion for marketing. She starts with TNZ on 10 January 2011 and will move to Shanghai with her family in February 2011.

Tony Saunders has been appointed as regional marketing communications manager, Australia. Saunders joins TNZ from Yum Restaurants International, where he is currently the marketing manager for Pizza Hut. He also has extensive brand and marketing experience with Arnott’s Biscuits in New Zealand and Australia.

Rebecca Lambert has been appointed as international media manager in New Zealand. An existing member of the TNZ team based in Auckland, she has almost four years experience with TNZ working in various international media roles.

Mischa Mannix’s role as business development manager has been broadened to include responsibility for aviation partnerships, trade marketing in New Zealand, business development in South America and the B2B sectors such as cruise and business tourism.

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