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Kiwibank throws independence to the wind

Kiwibank throws independence to the wind

What would you do with the print outs of all of the letters from your bank? Perhaps make a bonfire? Kiwibank is so proud of its communications with its customers it's printed them out and hung them off its headquarters in Wellington.

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Not a bank nor a shark: peer-to-peer lending site HarMoney announces its arrival with animated TVC

Not a bank nor a shark: peer-to-peer lending site HarMoney announces its arrival with animated TVC

With the enactment of the Financial Markets Conduct Act earlier this year, Government opened the door to peer-to-peer lending, meaning that micro lenders—whether banks or payday loan companies—would be next in line to take on the challenge posed by the peer-to-peer threat. StopPress takes a look at what HarMoney brings to the table.

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Mowday issues a charitable challenge for KidsCan Santa Run

Mowday issues a charitable challenge for KidsCan Santa Run

The ALS charity got a whole heap of cash by challenging people to tip a bucket of icy water over their heads. And KidsCan is hoping its challenge—getting people to don a Santa suit and do a short run—will too. So, to help bump up the numbers, DDB has laid down the gauntlet and challenged other ad agencies and corporates to get involved in the event.

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Data dump: leaving the living room

Data dump: leaving the living room

On 26 November, TV3 celebrated its 25th year—or ½ half century, according to Jono and Ben—on air in New Zealand. And since joining the fray in 1989, it has come to represent a significant chunk of the time Kiwis spend in front of box in the living room. But the introduction of a new TV player isn't the only thing that has changed in that time. These days, we have more screens to choose from than ever before, and this is changing the way we consume media. Interestingly, across 30 countries surveyed by Colmar Brunton on screen use, the denizens of only four—the UK, France, Spain and New Zealand—still spent more time consuming media on a TV than on a smartphone.

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Wipeout groans: Mountain Dew turns the camera on the watchers

Wipeout groans: Mountain Dew turns the camera on the watchers

In both surfing and skateboarding culture, a harmonic groan often accompanies a wipeout. Whether it's a group of pros waiting in the channel at Teahupo'o or a few mates just having a bowl session at the local skate park, this groan serves as a salute to the fallen. And the more severe the wipeout, the more animated and pronounced the reaction from the specators on the sideline.

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Ecoya aims for the heart with Christmas cuteness

Ecoya aims for the heart with Christmas cuteness

Barbara Miller, a spokeswoman for the US National Candle Association, told The New York Times last year that 35 percent of the $2 billion of annual candle sales happen in last three months of the year. And, in an effort to get more of its candles in stockings this year, Ecoya has released a beautiful festive film that celebrates the joy of giving and getting.

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Feel good potion: Colenso and Assembly champion the transformative effects of Just Juice

Feel good potion: Colenso and Assembly champion the transformative effects of Just Juice

Colenso BBDO and Assembly have borrowed a few tips from The Incredible Hulk in a new Just Juice campaign that shows a series characters drinking juice and then transforming into different, more colourful versions of themselves. But rather than turning into a massive green monsters with temper problems, the black-and-white, 2D characters simply change into happier, colorful 3D versions of themselves.

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Sky continues its digital push with Cricket World Cup campaign—UPDATED

Sky continues its digital push with Cricket World Cup campaign—UPDATED

In recent months, Sky TV has been very active in the digital channel with a variety of promotions, including several Facebook campaigns and a pair of Buzzfeed-based efforts. And this trend is now continuing with the launch of a new competition called GameFace, which is designed to drive interest in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Update: this campaign has been put on hold in respect to the passing of Philip Hughes.

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Samsung takes another swipe at Apple with tablet test

Samsung takes another swipe at Apple with tablet test

After Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung came out firing (once again) with a comparative print ad that pointed out the next best thing was already here in the form of the Note 4. And its approach to promoting the Galaxy Tab S is similarly comparative.

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Made Media joins the programmatic fray, trumpets local focus as a point of difference

Made Media joins the programmatic fray, trumpets local focus as a point of difference

The programmatic bus rolls on, with Magna Global predicting a 31 percent annualised growth rate through to 2017. And with Google’s latest consumer barometer showing Kiwis use an average of 2.7 devices each, a new Kiwi agency called Made Media—a collaboration between sales manager and partner Michael Buhagiar and Latch Digital—believes it's found a gap in the market for a locally owned and operated demand side platform that brings those two elements together.

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Coca-Cola Australia collaborates with Kiwi YouTube starlet Jamie Curry

Coca-Cola Australia collaborates with Kiwi YouTube starlet Jamie Curry

With a total of 1.2 million subscribers across the world, the Kiwi vlogger Jamie Curry (of Jamie's World) is one of only two New Zealanders to meet the YouTube star threshold of having more than a million subscribers. And her resonance with 13- to 24-year-olds recently caught the attention of Coca-Cola Australia, leading the drinks company to collaborate with the teen on the 'Colour your summer' campaign.

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