Chorus and Saatchi & Saatchi say ‘NZ runs on fibre’

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AUCKLAND, Today: Saatchi & Saatchi NZ has collaborated again with Chorus, creating a multi-channel campaign as they launch new brand fibre platform, New Zealand runs on fibre.

Three years ago, Chorus introduced Carl, a somewhat hapless character who was suffering from ‘badnet’. Fortunately, an intervention by concerned neighbours saw Carl rescued with the help of Chorus and a fibre connection.

In their latest campaign, Saatchi & Saatchi revisit Carl three years later.

He has just learnt that almost three million New Zealanders are now using fibre and is curious to know what they’re all doing with it.

So, he gets them all on one big video call, and discovers the numerous and diverse ways Kiwis around the country are enjoying the benefits of their fibre connection. 

“Carl has been hanging out in living rooms 3 years. It’s great to get him back with a new story and a bunch more characters.”

Saatchi & Sastchi CCO Steve Cochran said: “Carl has been hanging out in New Zealand living rooms regularly for nearly three years and he has become a well-loved personality. It’s great to get him back with a new story and introduce a bunch more characters.”

Chorus head of maeketing Karren Harker said: “Hitting one million connections with nearly three million users is a great milestone for Chorus and the fibre network in New Zealand.

“The majority of New Zealanders now enjoy some of the best internet capability in the world.

Our new campaign, New Zealand runs on fibre, reflects just how ubiquitous it is now. It’s a fun way to showcase some of the ways fibre is being used by Kiwis.”

Bobbsey Twins from Homicide with Finch were the production partners for making the films.

The campaign comprises 60, 30, 15 and – second spots across multiple channels. Out of home, social, radio and contextual placements extend the platform idea with many other iterations planned for the future.


Client: Chorus
Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi NZ
Media Agency: FCB Aotearoa
Production company: Finch
Director: The Bobbsey Twins from Homicide
Managing Director/Executive Producer: Corey Esse
Executive Producer: Rebekah ‘Bex’ Kelly
Producer: Duncan Bernard
DOP: John Toon
Production Designer: Sarah Cooper
Casting Director: Catch Casting
Post / VFX: Atticus
Editor: Simon Price
Grade: David Gibson
Audio: Franklin Road

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