Vodafone hires marketing guru

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AUCKLAND, Today: Vodafone New Zealand has appointed Georgia Mahaffie to the role of head of brand & marketing. She joins Vodafone after nine years at VCCP London, Seattle and New York, most recently as managing director.

Waxeye shoots for Dubai

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AUCKLAND, Monday: NZ Trade & Enterprise has launched – with support from NZ-based digital studio Waxeye – a digital version of its pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, aimed at global audiences.

Strategists sign

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AUCKLAND, Monday: Global indie network Hearts & Science has announced the appointment (and return to New Zealand) of Emily Douglas, who joins the Ponsonby marketing agency as group business director, following “significant growth” since Hearts & Science NZ launched at the end of 2019.

The Beacons beckon

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AUCKLAND, Today: The Comms Council tomorrow (Wednesday) delivers its keenly awaited 2022 Beacon Awards entry-writing workshop, facilitated by Kiwi strategy experts Simon Bird & David McCallen.

Body Slam

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AUCKLAND, Monday: NZ Herald business reporter Damien Venuto has penned a lengthy piece about NZ independent agency Wrestler and its global client, NZ-based shoemaker Allbirds (20+ stores throughout Europe ad the US).

Office tour not required

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AUCKLAND, Monday: dentsu New Zealand has announced the appointment of Stevie Weber to the role of executive director, strategy. Weber is no stranger to the group, having departed dentsu in 2020 to take on the role of GM strategy for FCB NZ.

On top of the world

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LONDON, Today: The WARC global results have been announced and Colenso BBDO has taken out two of the top spots in the latest global WARC Effective 100 rankings – #2 creative agency in the world, and #1 campaign in the world.

David MacGregor RIP

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AUCKLAND, Today: It has come to our notice (courtesy of copywriter Chris Howden) that Idealog magazine founder David MacGregor has died recently. He was also a founder of MacGregor Media and BrandWorld.

Clemenger steals the show

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LONDON, Sunday: The Immortal Awards has proclaimed Clemenger BBDO Wellington as the #1 agency in New Zealand. followed by Special Group, Colenso BBDO, TBWA\ NZ, and Saatchi & Saatchi NZ.

Border ajar

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AUCKLAND, Today: Tourism Fiji has launched its new global campaign via Saatchi & Saatchi NZ, announcing Fiji is officially Open for Happiness.