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AUCKLAND, Today: Colenso BBDO comms director Joe Carter has left the agency – and the industry – to become full time at the company he co-founded two years ago – the Ironclad Pan Company in Auckland.

Aussie Energy

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SYDNEY, Today: Frucor Suntory turned to Australia for most of the work on its latest campaign for V Energy. The main creative is from Clemenger BBDO Sydney (the lead creative agency for Frucor AUNZ) but the integrated campaign does include contributions from OMD NZ (media) and Raydar NZ (shopper marketing).

Q&A Christie Cooper

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SINGAPORE, Monday: Kiwis’ growing reputation for self-deprecating humour was the focus of an Ad Stars Q&A with DDB Aotearoa CD Christie Cooper, conducted in the run=up to the Ad Stars competition in Busan last week.

A KiwiPlates love story

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AUCKLAND, Today: KiwiPlates have launched a new brand commercial from Saatchi & Saatchi. The spot is a sweet love story set against the nostalgic backdrop of a roller skating rink and featuring the classic love song, I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis.

The Lorde Horde

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AUCKLAND, Today: Lorde’s Solar Power world tour starts in New Zealand this summer – kickstarted with a street poster campaign in Phantom Billstickers’ frames.

Acumen wins ‘robust’ PR pitch

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AUCKLAND Today: Acumen has won the 2degrees PR business after a pitch. Aumen ceo Adelle Keely had no problem telling the world (via a PR release) that the pitch process was “robust and competitive” but she refused a simple request to identify the incumbent.