Bauer exits NZ – permanently 

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AUCKLAND, Today: Bauer Media Group this morning announced its intention to close its publishing business in New Zealand due to the economic impact of covid-19. The closure brings to an end many decades of publishing in New Zealand and affects all staff.

Yanks fight back

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NEW YORK, Today: As Bauer Media cold-bloodedly gives up on NZ – The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s Group are countering the covid-10 effect by giving potential clients an additional incentive to advertise in their print pages.

Tall-tale ale

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MELBOURNE, Wednesday: It took a Kiwi director to get the best out of a gnarly bunch of (admittedly very likeable) Aussies launching Lion Australia’s craft-styled Furphy Ale.

Vive la différence

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AUCKLAND, Wednesday: Phantom Billstickers’ latest, smart, e-letter gets straight to the point: “When the Government realised it had a serious battle on its hands, it didn’t muck about.


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AUCKLAND, Today: The Comms Council has made changes to this year’s Beacon Awards schedule – and reports only positive responses to the online judging proposals.

Dream come true

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AUCKLAND, Today: Downtown comms shop Anthem has this morning announced its co-founders will assume new roles – Jane Sweeney to executive chair and Carolyn Kerr to managing director.

Shuttle Mission

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NELSON, Tuesday: Ben Seleen from the Nelson NZ HQ of global mobile creative outfit Shuttlerock writes. “We take existing creative assets and transform them into mobile optimised videos. (I’ve followed M+AD for quite some time now and think you guys are awesome!)

Poetry in Motion

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AUCKLAND, Tuesday: Advertising podcast Truth and Soul Incorporated, created by BC&F Dentsu co-founder/ECD Paul Catmur, is back with two new podcast episodes designed to fill your isolation hours with something other than eating, drinking and bickering with your family about what to watch on Netflix.


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AUCKLAND, Today: Outdoor company Go Media have taken to supportive screen messages to thank essential workers during the lockdown period.