China’s spend will hold up in 2019

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AUCKLAND, Today: As China ushers in the Year of The Pig, and NZ deals with fallout from the Huawai affair, Shanghai-based full-service agency UMS (which has offices in NZ) takes a look at the key consumer trends and behaviours that marketers need to consider in 2019.

Usual suspects dominate Axis shortlist

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AUCKLAND, Thursday: The revised version of the Comms Council list of Axis 2019 finalists (updated late yesterday) contained few surprises, with most categories dominated by Sweetshop, Goodoil, Scoundrel, Finch, Fish, Franklin Rd, Liquid, Special Group, Clemenger BBDO, Colenso BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB, DDB, Ogilvy, Alt.vfx, Designworks, Blockhead, Fish&Clips, and Assembly.

Kiwi’s Netflix hit screens in NZ from tomorrow

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GERMANY, Wednesday: Finch Auckland director Zia Mandviwalla presented her episode of Netflix hit The Chef’s Table at the Berlin Festival last week alongside London-based showcased chef Asma Khan. The episode ran in the festival’s Culinary Cinema section to an international audience.

Steinlager back on board

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AUCKLAND, Today: Steinlager has this morning confirmed its return as official sponsor and official beer partner of Emirates Team NZ’s defence of the 36th America’s Cup in NZ (Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 21 March).

Paywall on Herald agenda

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: NZME ceo Michael Boggs announced as part of yesterday’s Full Year Results that New Zealand Herald Premium pay service will launch in Q2 – a project he says will deliver New Zealand access to exclusive, unique and agenda-setting content, written by trusted experts.