That’s right. In a move that was a huge surprise yet at the same time not at all a surprise, NZ Marketing Magazine took out the Supreme Award for Best Magazine at the Magazine Publishing Awards for 2019, beating out the competition and claiming its rightful crown as best of the best. Bow down.
Encouraging the use of Te reo Māori continues to grow in importance as native speaking numbers decline. Continuing support for the language this Māori Language Week, OMANZ (JCDecaux, oOh!Media!, QMS, Media5 and AdVantage Media), with assistance from LUMO and Go Media, will be using their talents to make the language more visible.
Last year, New Zealand lost 685 of our own to suicide. With rates higher than ever, we often only hear silence surrounding the important issue, as social stigma and uncomfortable conversations get in the way of progress. In a move to go against the deafening quietness of mental illness, New Zealand Rugby and Movember have launched ‘A Moment Against Silence’.
Humor and heartstrings were highlighted this time around for our nations favourite ads on television. Viewers again were asked to rank their top picks, with a good mix of heartfelt and hilarious pulling the top spots.
Māori Television has appointed its acting chief executive Shane Taurima, a veteran broadcaster and former Māori Party candidate, to permanently take over the role.
It’s been 26 years since Shortland Street started on New Zealand screens, and now it’s getting an injection of song and dance. Shortland Street – The Musical starts in Auckland this November, before touring the country in 2019. We talk to writer Guy Langford and director Simon Bennett about what that soap will look like on the stage.