Snookered!

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M+AD ed David Gapes had his own close encounter of the worst kind with the Auld Mug – now heading back to Godzone – when it was last in town.

Effies entry call

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The NZ Commercial Comms Council has today issued its call for entries for the 2017 Effie Awards (held in association with TVNZ). Entries close Tuesday 15 August, for a show scheduled at the Langham Auckland – soon to be relaunched with a new name* – on Thursday 19 October.

China net giant targets Kiwi minorities

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Chinese internet giant Alibaba sees “significant opportunities” for ethnic communities in New Zealand to sell to middle-class Chinese consumers who are already well disposed to the country’s clean and green image, reports Warc from the UK.

Cadbury dumps Saatchi, taps Aussie shop for NZ

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Cadbury has saved its evil best for last. Not only has it spanked every good Cadbury chocolate-lovin’ Kiwi by closing its iconic Dunedin factory and taking production offshore – but now it’s handed its ‘local’ ANZ full-service agency account to Ogilvy Melbourne.

Meet Graham too similar to 1985 ad?

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Clemenger BBDO Melbourne’s Meet Graham didn’t win everything at the Cannes Lions Festival last week – the Integrated and Titanium juries dismissed the work because it reminded them too much of 1985’s First Natural Born Smoker.

Fellet: why the merger was pulled

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Sky TV and Vodafone dropped their $3.44 billion merger bid and Commerce Commission appeal because of the estimated cost of at least $1 million each and an estimated one-year timeframe, Sky ceo John Fellet has told NBR’s Chris Keall.