RUN launches Niue’s first brand campaign

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Indie creative agency RUN Auckland has created Niue Tourism’s first ever major brand campaign, Real Niue.

The campaign aims to give viewers just a glimpse – rather than showing everything the country has to offer – by simply telling real people’s stories.

The initial launch is made up of three 60 second brand films, rolling out over the next few weeks. The films feature visitors to the island – real people not actors – who were happy to be filmed and allow the agency to let their stories be their inspiration.

“What you see is what you get,” says RUN CD Raymond McKay.

“And that was pretty much how we approached the casting, which was done at the departure lounge, the resort and on the side of the road. We were trying to capture Niue and everyone on it in their natural state.”

Launch events were held in Auckland and on-island in Niue late last week. The initial campaign will run for six weeks across digital platforms and print media, and includes the brand films as well as short form content and VR (to be used at trade shows and expos), with further content released over two years including outdoor advertising.

This will be supported by a social campaign to create a ‘campfire’ community for storytelling.

“The campaign has been developed to align with a new brand strategy, an accumulation of 12 months of research and work between RUN and Niue Tourism, distilled down into the simple truth – ‘Nowhere like us’,” says RUN director Laura Cibilich.

“This will form the central thought to how the island will be stepping forward as a destination, featuring in all future promotions.

“Niue is different from other Pacific Islands and attracts a different kind of traveller.

“It’s a genuine experience with real nature and real people; its lack of touristy add-ons is what makes it stand out. This authenticity is something we wanted to capture with the campaign and overarching brand strategy.

“This has been something we’ve been aiming to do since we won a tender for the Niue Tourism account in 2015, and we’re incredibly proud of it.”

Niue Tourism ceo Felicity Bollen, presented the new strategy and campaign to the UN World Tourism Organisation in Japan earlier this month, where Cibilich says it received great praise and accolades “for its refreshing, on point message”.


Agency: RUN
Client: Niue Tourism
Creative Director: Raymond McKay
Design Director: Laura Cibilich
Production Company: Content Boutique
Director: Marco Siraky
Photographer/Drone Operator: Jamie Wright
Senior Creative/Writer: Mike Kelly

About RUN
RUN is an independent, creatively led agency based in Auckland, focused on creating quality design and advertising solutions to help build and grow businesses. They work with their clients to deliver engaging communications across a number of platforms, primarily across brand identity, print, packaging, publications, website design and creative direction for print, web and TV. For more information go to

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