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The human pattern

Saturday night. My wife, Minky, had informed me we were going to a cabaret with some friends. The cabaret was called The Sound of Falling Stars...

By Damon Stapleton 4 Oct 2017

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The preachers and the busker

A couple of days ago I was walking down a windy Queen Street, the main street in Auckland. It is a street every port city has...

By Damon Stapleton 27 Sep 2017

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How to make a Neo-Nazi sad

When the tragedy of Charlottesville was only a couple of days old, I came across something from all that sadness that made me smile...

By Damon Stapleton 13 Sep 2017

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Google Australia's ‘Hot Heads' video interview with Damon Stapleton

Google Australia's creative development team hosted Damon Stapleton, chief creative officer at DDB New Zealand in a special "take away" addition of Hot Heads from Cannes...

6 Sep 2017

GLOBAL

London International Awards introduce Regional of the Year Awards in MEA
London International Awards introduce Regional of the Year Awards in MEA

LIA has introduced Regional of the Year Awards to honour the best in each region, which will be an incentive for top companies in South Africa...

11 Jul 2017

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Judging D&AD: The hustle and strive

Where do you find inspiration? As it happens, I found it on a windswept balcony overlooking Shoreditch...

By Damon Stapleton 3 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Uganda and Botswana have highest rates of female entrepreneurship
Uganda and Botswana have highest rates of female entrepreneurship

Mastercard has released the results of its inaugural Index of Women Entrepreneurs...

8 Mar 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

A Singapore Sling lifts the haze
A Singapore Sling lifts the haze

I was not designed for the clinical beauty of Singapore. It has the humidity of a Bikram yoga studio inside a Turkish bath house. I have hair that is the opposite of short. Subsequently, whenever I go there I feel like I have a dead octopus on my head...

By Damon Stapleton 5 Oct 2016

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's largest media firms sign merger deal
New Zealand's largest media firms sign merger deal

WELLINGTON: New Zealand's two largest media companies signed a merger agreement on Wednesday, although the planned deal still needs approval from the country's competition watchdog to proceed...

8 Sep 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa falls further in Economic Freedom rankings
South Africa falls further in Economic Freedom rankings

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2015 Annual Report shows that South Africa has dropped further in ranking to 96 out of the 157 countries and territories included in the report...

15 Sep 2015

NEW ZEALAND

UN slams Nauru for Facebook ban, stifling dissent
UN slams Nauru for Facebook ban, stifling dissent

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: The United Nations on Monday criticised the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru for blocking access to the internet, including Facebook...

25 May 2015

AUSTRALIA

Australia has local Woolworths ad pulled for trivialising WWI campaign
Australia has local Woolworths ad pulled for trivialising WWI campaign

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Australian supermarket chain Woolworths has pulled an advertising campaign after a backlash on social media...

15 Apr 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Clarkson slips a gear
Clarkson slips a gear

NEWSWATCH: The BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson from top-rated petrol-head show, Top Gear, reports The Daily Beast ...

26 Mar 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation
Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation

New PwC survey dispels myths about women and work...

5 Mar 2015

NEW ZEALAND

Dotcom claims he is broke, facing New Zealand jail
Dotcom claims he is broke, facing New Zealand jail

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: Internet mogul Kim Dotcom, accused of pocketing more than $175m from pirated copies of movies and other material, says he's broke and facing jail in New Zealand...

27 Nov 2014

NEW ZEALAND

Kim Dotcom fails in New Zealand election
Kim Dotcom fails in New Zealand election

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: Internet mogul Kim Dotcom confessed his brand was "poison" after his aspirations of bringing down the New Zealand government were overwhelmingly shunned in Saturday's (20 September) election.

22 Sep 2014

NEW ZEALAND

Fake nude celebrities links crash New Zealand internet
Fake nude celebrities links crash New Zealand internet

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: It is believed a handful of computer users clicked on links last week believing they would take them to the illicit images of nude celebrities, but instead they inadvertently installed malware triggering a crippling internet attack.

9 Sep 2014

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's Telecom becomes bright Spark
New Zealand's Telecom becomes bright Spark

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's largest telecommunications carrier, Telecom Corp., has changed its name to Spark, saying the re-branding will better reflect its expanding activities in the digital age.

11 Aug 2014

UNITED STATES

Have you entered the 2014 Tabbies?
Have you entered the 2014 Tabbies?

CLEVELAND, US: The 2014 Tabbies Call for Entries is now available at the TABPI website, allowing all b2b editors, publishers and art directors the opportunity to have their best work judged by their peers.

11 Mar 2014

NEW ZEALAND

Making DIY easy as
Making DIY easy as

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Mitre 10 needed to give its consumers a reason to come through their door by giving them confidence in their DIY ability.

31 Jan 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

2014 Tabbie Awards open for nominations
2014 Tabbie Awards open for nominations

CLEVELAND, US: The 2014 Tabbies Call for Entries is now available at the TABPI website.

17 Jan 2014

CHINA

2013 Digital Asia Festival Awards: Winners
2013 Digital Asia Festival Awards: Winners

BEIJING, CHINA: The winners of the 2013 Digital Asia Festival Awards, honouring the best in Asia Pacific's digital marketing, have been announced.

18 Nov 2013

SINGAPORE

Spikes Asia announces 2013 winners
Spikes Asia announces 2013 winners

SINGAPORE: The hotly anticipated Spikes Asia Awards Ceremony has taken place at the Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Over 1,000 delegates attended to be the first to hear this year's winners and celebrate the best of creativity in communications from across Asia Pacific.

19 Sep 2013

UNITED STATES

The Bees Awards announces nominations
The Bees Awards announces nominations

SAN FRANCISCO, US: The 4th edition of The Bees Awards - 1st international social media marketing awards - has announced their 2013 nominations.

21 May 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

D&AD Awards: The nominations
D&AD Awards: The nominations

LONDON, UK: Here are the nominations for the D&AD Awards. See this year's In Book winners and Nominations below. Yellow Pencil winners will be revealed on Wednesday 12 June at the Awards Ceremony.

22 Apr 2013

UNITED STATES

10th Tabbie Awards open for nominations
10th Tabbie Awards open for nominations

CLEVELAND, US: The 2013 Tabbies Call for Entries is now available at the TABPI website, allowing all b2b editors, publishers and art directors the opportunity to have their best work judged by their peers. The Tabbies, the editorial and design awards program run by Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI), is again partnering with the US's American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), New Zealand's Magazine Publishers Association (MPA), South Africa's SAFREA, Australia's Society of Editors NSW and the Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa (MPASA).

10 Jan 2013

UNITED STATES

Midas Awards 2012 Winners: King James Cape Town wins Grand Midas for Santam Insurance
Midas Awards 2012 Winners: King James Cape Town wins Grand Midas for Santam Insurance

NEW YORK, US: The Midas Awards, for the World's Best Financial Advertising, announced the award winners for the 2012 competition. This year's Midas Grand Jury awarded one Grand Midas, 26 Gold Ingots, 46 Silver Ingots, and 63 Finalists. The 2012 Midas Awards competition received entries from 28 countries and is reputed to be the only international competition that recognises excellence in financial services communications on a global scale.

21 Dec 2012

NEW ZEALAND

New Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand campaign for L&P
New Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand campaign for L&P

Trying to describe what L&P tastes like is tackled in a distinctly kiwi way this week in the new Saatchi & Saatchi campaign for L&P. The kiwi brand has launched four new 15-second TV spots with the 'Bit Different Aye' campaign, which follows an online competition on its Facebook page.

19 Oct 2012

NEW ZEALAND

AIG to sponsor New Zealand Rugby Union
AIG to sponsor New Zealand Rugby Union

AUCKLAND: American International Group (AIG) and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) recently announced a five-and-a-half year agreement for AIG to sponsor six NZRU rugby teams: the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, New Zealand Black Ferns (women's fifteens), New Zealand Women's Sevens, and New Zealand Under 20.

16 Oct 2012

AUSTRALIA

Case Study: 5X Mutant Gum
Case Study: 5X Mutant Gum

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Wrigley's 5 Gum partnered with the film release of X-men First Class to launch a new flavour and online game.

7 May 2012

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