Shihad star to judge at Botab 2013

Shihad singer/guitarist Jon Toogood will emcee the 2013 Flying Fish/CAANZ Battle of the Ad Bands when it unfolds at the Kings Arms in central Auckland on Thursday 17 October.

Surf’s up

Adshel has once again joined forces with Surf Life Saving New Zealand for its annual Adshel Creative Challenge, now the 3rd year it’s been held in Auckland.

NZ Cover Awards shortlist


The Maggies (aka the NZ Magazine Cover of the Year Award) has unveiled its 2013 finalists.

Disney lands at Auckland International

Disney’s New Zealand OOH ad campaign for their new animated feature, Planes, has launched in familiar territory – Auckland International Airport.

What it means to be a Kiwi man, man

American actor and former NFL player Isaiah Mustafa again features in a new viral – this one launches a range of Old Spice products in NZ.

Vodafone drops an agency partner

Vodafone has parted company with its direct and CRM agency Affinity ID and brought most of that work in-house, according to a report in Stop Press.

Fairfax names Sandra King’s replacement

Fairfax Media has appointed Campbell Mitchell to the marketing director role vacated by Sandra King (now at PPR) when she unexpectedly took “extended leave” in October last year.

DDB’s Equal Pay for Women takes supreme award

Media release
19 September 2013

THE 2013 NEWSPAPER AD OF THE YEAR: An advertisement for the YWCA promoting equal pay for women has won the 2013 Newspaper Ad of the Year announced in Auckland tonight. Produced by Auckland’s DDB, the ad wins the agency $10,000 cash and the kudos of being the year’s best ad.

An invite from Oz

Australia’s AWARD Awards has announced call for entries for its 2014 edition, with a first deadline of Friday 1 November.

Finch moves

The Auckland home of trans-Tasman producer Finch has moved to a new location at 495 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. The office phone is unchanged at 09 378 8036.

Another classy NZTA ad

Clemenger and the NZ Transport Agency have released Blazed, the latest TVC in the Wellington agency’s very amusing Drug Driving campaign, in which Taika Waititi takes the mickey out of dope smokers with a lot of style.

Sky board taps McBride, Handley

Sky TV has appointed Geraldine McBride and Derek Handley to its board. McBride, a Kiwi, is ceo and co-founder of tech company MyWave Holdings, and a former vice-president of Dell, and North American (and Asia Pacific) president at SAP.

Pead hires four, promotes one

Auckland-based independent consultancy Pead PR has made a number of new appointments including that of Becky Erwood who returns to the business as group account director.

Semi-Permanent’s Wellington dates

Semi-Permanent has unveiled the dates for its next Wellington event – it will be held at the Embassy Theatre on Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October.

Printable version

Dear Reader: Fastline is now being distributed weekly (every Thursday morning) via a PDF which can be printed and passed around. This service is in addition to our usual free e-news products – the e-updates (for fast-breaking news), and our e-fastline news roundups on Tuesdays & Fridays. Access the PDF here. Cheers Ed  


“Some of the advertising that’s out there shows there’s no real understanding that women buy cars and put an enormous amount of effort into research before they make the big decision. “They’ve gone online, read all the reviews, talked to people, then they walk on to the car yard and get treated like idiots.

RIP: Greg Shand

Legendary PR man Greg Shand died suddenly at his home in Piha last week. In 2011, Shand sold his 26% stake in Baldwin Boyle PR (Fonterra’s PR shop), and soon after, he joined MediaWorks as corporate affairs manager.

NZ walks the talk in Singapore

Two Grand Prix, 14 Golds, eight Silvers, 12 Bronzes – not a bad score for NZ as the Spikes Asia came to a close in Singapore last night. Actually, this was the best showing by NZ in a major offshore awards show for a long, long time.

DDB & Colenso top shortlists


DDB (with 14 finalists) and Colenso BBDO (12) head the list of NZ agencies through to the shortlists at the end of the second day of the Singapore festival.

Beautiful people turn out for ecoman book launch

Around 250 advertising, media and publishing people joined ecostore founder Malcolm Rands in the Saatchi building in Parnell last week for the launch of Rands’ book, ecoman.

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