Blockbuster Season

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AUCKLAND, Today: Val Morgan reports record audiences for the opening weekend in NZ  of Fast & Furious 9, which delivered the highest numbers since Jumanji: The Next Level in December 2019.

Ogilvy’s new leadership team

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AUCKLAND, Today: Ogilvy Network New Zealand has unveiled its new management structure, featuring Kelly-Ann Maxwell (KAM) as ceo. New appointments include customer experience & innovation director Matt Oxley, and group creative director Chris Schofield (partnering with recently promoted Nina East).

Kiwi Gold

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LONDON, Monday: New Zealand led the global field in the first WARC Awards for Effectiveness. NZ won 11 awards; with the UK and US right behind with eight awards each.

Thank you for smoking!

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TAKAPUNA, Today: Hell Pizza has teamed up with new creative indie agency, Yarn, to launch a tongue-in-cheek support line to help people stay hooked on the new smokey brisket pizza.

Six-Pack

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CANNES, Last Night: New Zealand has scored six on the Lions shortlists overnight – across four categories (Social & Influencer, Creative Strategy, Direct, and PR) – bringing NZ’s tally in the first two days to 25.

The Clutcher is a lifesaver

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AUCKLAND, Sunday: There’s not many ad exponents who can say their work has, literally, saved lives. One such rarity is Herald on Sunday columnist Paul Catmur, who savours a rare moment in his latest column (scroll down for the Premium link).