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Four new faces at Chemistry Interaction: Auckland integrated indie agency Chemistry Interaction has hired four new staff members to help service new business wins from Blue Wing Honda, Sovereign, Fairview and Chevron. Three of the new arrivals are in creative, and one in client service.

Canadian copywriter and motorcycle soloist Sarah Hart joins from TAXI and Proximity in Canada where she cut her teeth on clients like Johnson & Johnson, Gillette and Pepsi. She’s won awards at Caples and Echos, bring international and digital experience with her – along with “an enormous enthusiasm for New Zealand’s many scenic roads”.

Adding some Irish wit to Hart’s Canadian charm is art director Avril Durkan, fresh off the boat from Publicis Dublin. She has 10 years of above and below the line experience on Diageo, Guinness, Vodafone, Barnardos, Cadbury, Tiger Beer and Johnson & Johnson, and she’s won at Clio (and locally by ICAD, Kinsale Shark and Ad Fx).

South African-born and Kiwi-trained copywriter Bronwyn Retief joins from RAPP Tribal via a stint of international travel. She has worked across SKY, Yellow, Telecom, ANZ, AMI, Lotto and McDonald’s, and the agency regards her as an up and coming talent in the direct and digital space.

On the suiting side, Croatian-born Marija Horvatich joins from Jericho, where she was a senior account manager focusing on email strategy and championing best practice digital marketing. Prior to that, she worked at the Marketing Association  as a web marketing executive, managing the development of the new MA website, social media and database management.

“We really are starting up the United Nations of advertising here, minus Helen Clarke,” said CD Pat Murphy.

“Avril and Sarah have already hit the ground running with some very impressive TV and digital work. Bronwyn is proving to be an excellent writer with abilities beyond her years, and Marija’s extensive digital knowledge adds another string to our bow.

“We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have such award-winning talent on board.”


About Chemistry Interaction

Chemistry Interaction is one of NZ’s fastest growing indies, working with some of New Zealand’s best-loved brands. We take the SCIENCE of strategy, technology and data and mix it with the ART of insight and creativity to create relevant, memorable, resultsdriven ideas for our clients. The company’s director is Joseph Silk (

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