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New staff graze on fresh employment pastures as...

... Sunday announces its replacement for Cameron Bennett; Carlos Savage takes up a new gig in Australia; International Rescue announces a few new additions, including a Kiwi artist whose work made it into Luerzers Archive; another new face arrives at the TVNZ marketing department; Pacific Micromarketing welcomes another team member; and WaikatoLink secure the services of two upstanding gentlemen.

The Kamo kid

Miriama Kamo has been named as the new presenter of TV ONE’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday, which returns in its prime-time slot at the end of the month.

Kamo has spent the last six years presenting and reporting on 20/20 and returns to Sunday after working as a reporter on the show between 2002-2005. During that time she won the Best Current Affairs Reporter gong at the Qantas Media Awards in 2005 for her investigation into alleged abuses at Porirua Hospital in the 1960s and 70s.

“Sunday is a programme of great prestige and quality, and it’s a privilege to be working alongside journalists and craftspeople the country trusts and whom I admire greatly," she says.

John Hudson, Janet McIntyre and Ian Sinclair all return as correspondents on Sunday in 2011. But one familiar face won't be there after Cameron Bennett pulled the plug on TVNZ after 24 years with the network.

Kamo was planning to travel and work in Germany this year until she was offered one of the most sought after current affairs roles in New Zealand.

“I couldn’t pass up the offer to front a world-class current affairs programme in my own country”, she says. Kamo will also present the weekend edition of TVNZ 7’s hour long evening bulletin, News at 8.

“It’s a big year for news and current affairs in NZ.  We’re trying to recover from a recession, an earthquake, and a mining tragedy. We’re grappling with how to hold on to what matters to us as kiwis while dealing with the realities of an open world economy and, at the same time, we continue to struggle with the challenges of biculturalism. Plus, we’re looking forward to the Rugby World Cup, and an upcoming election."

Fair suck of the Savage

He's the man who came up with 'Get a Perm'. And, after a relatively brief stint at Barnes Catmur & Friends, Carlos Savage has decided to take up a role with US in Sydney.

Savage worked under Toby Talbot and Paul Catmur at DDB New Zealand for four years, winning awards for Volkswagen, Durex, NZ Coastguard, SKY, Cadbury and NZ Lotteries. And some of his most recent handiwork with BC&F was a kerrrazzee calendar for German bag company Crumpler.

Rescue Missions

Kieran Rynhart, who has recently joined the International Rescue ranks as an illustrator alongside his position as an animator, has been selected as one of Luerzerʼs Archive Best 200 Illustrators Worldwide for 2010/2011.

Rynhartʼs personal image titled ʻSt. Brendanʼ was chosen from a pool of 6,000 submissions by a panel of the world's industry-leading art directors, creative directors and illustrators.

Using Photoshop, pencil and ink, Rynhart's technical flair has seem him illustrate work for the likes of Fly My Pretties, Mount Riley wine, The Village Press oil, and Forest and Bird.

“The ʻSt Brendanʼ image started off as a humble sketch I made on the bus and it's now an amazing honor to have it placed amongst some of the best illustrations in the world," says Rynhart. “Luerzerʼs also represents the fulfillment the childhood dream; that of becoming a successful commercial artist.”

Other recent additions to Herne Bay-based artist agency International Rescue include kiwiana vector illustrator Greg Straight, mixed media and line-art illustrator Rebecca Terborg and highly regarded Australian animator Nick Donkin, aka Flying Gherkin.

“New Zealandʼs advertising industry produces some of the most driest, wittiest and inspiring commercials in the world," says Donkin. "Iʼm looking forward to connecting to New Zealandʼs brightest marketing minds via the good people at International Rescue.”

Lex Appeal

Lexie Ribot, the former creative manager of the Newspaper Advertising Bureau, has taken over from Vanessa Winley as trade marketing manager at TVNZ.

Sing when you're Winny

Sue Winny has joined Auckland based data and customer insights organisation Pacific Micromarketing as senior account manager.

Winny was previously national sales manager for Look Outdoor and general manager of APN Data. She also previously sat on the Marketing Association of NZ council.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of the appointment of Tony Bozzard, who recently joined as Pacific Micromarketing manager.

Links in the chain

Tenby Powell

James MacGillivray

Auckland business leader and long-serving army officer, Lt Col Tenby Powell has been appointed as chairman of WaikatoLink, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, and James McGillivray, partner of Hamilton-based law firm Tompkins Wake, has been appointed as a director.

"Tenby Powell is one of the country's most successful businessmen and his considerable experience in strategic planning and leadership combined with his entrepreneurial flair will be invaluable," says Professor Roy Crawford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato. "James McGillivray's legal and commercial skills will also be a great asset to WaikatoLink as it continues to build its portfolio of technologies and services."

Powell, founder and director of Hunter Powell Investments, is the entrepreneurial force behind the success of a number of companies including the New Zealand Rental Group, the country's leading rental equipment provider. New Zealand Rental Group began life as Hirepool and now encompasses Port-a-Loo, Henderson Rentals, Rhodes Rentals, Barricading Solutions, Castles Marquee Hire, Hirepool Access and Hirepool Energy.

Prior to this he held senior management positions in Fletcher Challenge and Viking Pacific Group (formerly the Skellerup Group). He co-chaired the 2009 Entrepreneurial Summit, serves on the board of Antarctica New Zealand, is a Trustee of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and is also a graduate from the Harvard Business School.

"I am passionate about seeing businesses prosper. We need successful businesses to stimulate wealth and job creation to contribute to a more vibrant New Zealand economy," he says. "I'm excited to be able to make a positive contribution to WaikatoLink as they unlock value from science and technology creating, out of entrepreneurial ventures, commercially viable IP and business entities that make a real contribution to New Zealand."

On behalf of the board, professor Crawford acknowledged the contribution of former chairman, Dr Gerald Bailey, who retired at the end of December after serving on the board for 17 years.

"Gerald made a significant contribution to WaikatoLink over this time and leaves the company in a very strong position. Our thanks also go to Peter Schuyt for his contribution over the past year. We wish them both well for the future," he says.

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