TVNZ drops Masterchef NZ

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Masterchef New Zealand has been an outstanding performer for TVNZ – but now the network has decided to bring the series to an end. “Viewers are increasingly demanding innovative new content formats and our significant commitment to new local productions is a reflection of this trend,” says programming chief Jeff Latch. “This also means we have to say goodbye to some existing older formats. We’ve decided not to renew MasterChef NZ.”

Arrivals & Departures

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DB Breweries has appointed Amber McEwen as its external relations manager. She’s recently returned from South East Asia, and is ex Fairfax Media (comms manager), TBWA NZ’s Eleven PR (GAD), and PPR.

VW China stunt a classy rip-off

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Like most global citizens, Kiwis are routinely bombarded with traffic-hazard ads – many of them multiple award-winners. So M+AD readers may be interested in VW’s new take on the subject, out of Ogilvy & Mather China.

NZ comms shop signs global retail advisor

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Auckland-based corporate communications agency One Plus One has been awarded the Greater Group PR account for Asia, Australia and New Zealand, without a pitch, and been given a remit to further improve the profile of the international design-led retail agency.