Year in Review: Nicky Greville, Y&R Engage

  • Year in Review
  • December 20, 2017
  • Nicky Greville
Year in Review: Nicky Greville, Y&R Engage

1. Favourite local campaign that isn't yours

Tie breaker between the New Zealand Police recruitment campaign from Ogilvy and the recent Westpac Gender Diversity campaign from FCB Media. Opposite ends of the emotional spectrum, both brilliant.

2. Favourite campaign that is yours

'Apocalypse Steve Hansen – Don’t Lose Your Biscuit', for Arnott’s.

3. Favourite international campaign

'Geoff the Film' for Kraft Heinz Australia (from Y&R NZ).

4. Least favourite campaign 

Everything to do with the Election 2017.

5. Your own biggest success

Seven pitch wins for Y&R NZ. Rebranding Y&R Engage to be more aligned to the work we create.

6. Most significant launch/innovation/thing of the year

Jacinda, very closely followed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

7. What should be un-invented? 

8. Lamest trend  


9. Best brands

Whittakers, Meadow Fresh, Eat My Lunch.

10. Best stoush

NZME/Fairfax versus the Commerce Commission

11. Heroes

Josh Moore, Jono Key, Cath Hamilton, Steve Hansen.

12. Villains

Global malware.

13. What died in 2017? 

Our IT system (briefly). Made for an interesting jump back to 1992 for a few weeks.

14. What’s the biggest mistake marketers will make in 2018? 

Fractured media strategies; defined by a lack of great storytelling and creativity.

15. What’s the most Black Mirror/sci-fi horror thing likely to happen in the near future? 

Profiling peoples’ entire personalities, preferences and behavioural tendencies via CCTV footage of their gaits. Basically Minority Report come to life: Tom Cruise fans rejoice, the rest of us, shudder.

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

  • Advertising
  • 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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