Copycat crimes: Rico vs the Meerkat

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  • February 6, 2011
  • StopPress Team
Copycat crimes: Rico vs the Meerkat

As if Air New Zealand's controversial spokesbeast Rico hasn't had enough criticism directed at him, now he's been accused of being a rip-off.

We received a message from a disgruntled puppet hater who thought the furry lothario bore an uncanny resemblance to a rather annoying meerkat seen on screens in the UK.

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Everyone loves a good plagiarism in advertising debate. So, do you think .99's Rico is 'inspired by'? And does it even matter if the customers don't know and/or care (judging by the Facebook page, there's plenty of love for him)?

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Rico is currently making sick beats with Wellington musos and was unable to be reached for comment.

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Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

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  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

On Monday, Whittaker’s launched its latest novelty chocolate-lolly mash up with a chocolatey answer to retro bakesale treat coconut ice. The Coconut Ice Surprise chocolate has a twist though, 20c from each block goes to Plunket – a charity which New Zealanders agree is a worthy cause. However, to relate the chocolate to the charity, Whittaker's has built the campaign around baby gender reveal parties, causing a backlash from the public who argue gender norms have expanded beyond blue for boys and pink for girls.

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