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New Zealand snubbed in RWC ad, All Blacks Tours tries to fill the void

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Yesterday, New Zealand's mainstream media was up in arms on account of the All Blacks having been snubbed in a World Cup 2015 ad that features Charles Dance—the actor who played Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones—giving a speech to group of fans in a locker room. Notably absent from this group is a fan or player representing the the current holders of the World Cup trophy. Fortunately, All Blacks Tours has filled this void with a new TVC (produced by Augusto) that depicts 2011 World Cup-winning couch Sir Graham Henry giving a team talk in a plane. But rather than having the aircraft filled with representatives from various rugby playing nations, the ad only features former player Stephen Donald sitting in one of the seats.

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Ogilvy & Mather takes out July's ORCA award for Tim Finn interruption, BIG's Landrover gets merit

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Ogilvy & Mather has claimed July's Orca Award for placing an advertising message inside a music track. At 55 seconds into ‘I See Red’, Tim Finn interrupts the song urging people to go online and sign ‘The Last 55 petition’ to help save the Maui’s Dolphins. Joe Holden from BIG scored a merit award with the stories of Landrover's origins told in a "true oldschool storyteller's" voice.

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Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand woo Kiwis with Yahoo and Tangible Media

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Wanting to prove there’s more to Australia than theme parks, Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand have launched a content marketing campaign with Yahoo and Tangible Media to lure Kiwis for a holiday over the ditch. The campaign goes for a fresh, inspiring view of Australia beyond trips to the East Coast gateways – beginning with Western Australia.

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Stoptober NZ kicks off with nationwide tour and Satellite Media TVC

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Stoptober's lead up nationwide tour kicked off yesterday with a heartfelt recruitment event in Kaitaia. It's part of a campaign targeting New Zealand's 463,000 smokers to quit the habit with a smokefree October, by signing up to the Stoptober website. Satellite Media's Piri Weepu TVC is also leading the charge.

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TVNZ and Sky release financial results, plus Igloo subscriber numbers revealed

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Late last week, TVNZ sent out a release on its financials for the year ended 30 June 2014, showing an overall profit after tax of $18.1 million, up 25 percent on the figures posted the previous year. These results also came with the announcement that the company has sold its remaining stake in Igloo to Sky, which also took its financial report as an opportunity to reveal Igloo's subscriber numbers for the first time.

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The rise of fast-casual: Pita Pit launches its first TVC via Contagion

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Pita Pit has launched its first nationwide campaign via a new TVC conceptulised by Contagion, the agency which won the account for the food chain's cross-Tasman business earlier this year. The 30-second spot, which was shot by Flying Fish and directed by Helena Brooks, features a middle-aged man, dressed in the garb of a stereotypical accountant, dancing awkwardly after having completed a meal from Pita Pit.

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Colenso and Samsung solve "black cat selfie" problem with GS5 and Rachael Hale McKenna

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Samsung New Zealand and Colenso used the recently reported "black cats aren't adopted because they look bad in photos" story to create a social campaign with renowned animal photographer Rachael Hale McKenna. The campaign created a solution for cat photographers, whilst at the same time highlighting features of their latest smartphone, the Samsung GS5.

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