Greetings from the remains of The Media Dept. Appreciate you advising that Stacey and I are safe and well and trucking on. Our building at Ground Zero was actually a damn good place to be. Whilst it may be very old, the complete refurbishment two years ago has meant it is as strong a place as any and stood up well enough for me to (stupidly?) race back in and get mobiles and the laptop! But the devastation in our area at High/Lichfield/Manchester is massive and unfortunately a lot of people will have perished around us.
We have had a number of wonderfully kind offers of assistance from up north and sincerely appreciate these. We’re holding up well but much of the worst news is clearly yet to come.
I can be contacted on mobile – 021 981-645 – and my email is now back up and running.
Who it's for: Holden by Ogilvy & Mather and Blu Stevens
Why why we like it: Holden flips the 0 to 100 car metric to draw attention to the fact that only 100 Commodore GTRs have been made for the New Zealand market. This campaign comes as the car brand gears up for its 60th anniversary celebrations, and follows on from its recent YouTube series detailing the renovation of a 1969 Monaro.
Who's it for: Speight's by DDB
Why we like it: Some top quality self-deprecation from Karl Burnett and a massive—quite literally—pun makes for some classic beer-based comedy and a marked shift away from the Southern Man.
Who it's for: Tip Top by Colenso BBDO and Sunday Punch
Why we like it: according to the infallible scientific research conducted by Tip Top, eating ice cream instantly makes Kiwis more generous. And while signing up as a guinea pig for scientific research isn't always a good idea, this rule definitely doesn't apply when ice cream is involved.
Who it's for: Special Group and Stuff & Nonsense
Why we like it: effective dad dancing requires near-extremist commitment to the art of being awkward. And as a comedian that has shaped his entire career on his brand of awkward humour, no one seems better qualified than Rhys Darby to give Kiwis a how-to guide on perfecting the moonwalk, the robot and the restless leg syndrome.