Media Releases

2016 - 2017 Media Releases


Wednesday 12 April, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce the appointment of newly established WeThinkMedia as its advertising representation agency in Australia, effective immediately.

WeThinkMedia is founded by highly experienced media executive Peter Wiltshire, former Chief Revenue Officer and Group Sales and Marketing Director at Nine Entertainment Co. (ASX:NEC). Joining Peter and running the MediaWorks business is Jane Stucci, a senior media sales executive with more than 20 years’ experience in revenue generation, yield and inventory management.

Stucci will manage operations and client-facing work with the support of sales professionals Gaylene Riminton and Emma Thomas, who have experience with MediaWorks, to provide continuity of service and a strong basis for growth.

Glen Kyne, MediaWorks Chief Commercial Officer says, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Peter to launch WeThinkMedia in the Australian market. His reputation, depth of experience and knowledge and intimacy with the local market, bring great benefit to MediaWorks in broadening our brand offering in Australia. Also, having met and spent quality time with Jane, we have great confidence in the leadership she will bring to the market on behalf of MediaWorks.”

Jane Stucci, WeThinkMedia Head of Sales says, “It’s fantastic to be launching WeThinkMedia and to have MediaWorks as our foundation client. Though I’ve lived in Australia for many years, I’m still a passionate Kiwi so I’m thrilled to share MediaWorks’ extraordinary offer as New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster with the Australian client and agency market.”

WeThinkMedia holds the exclusive representation rights in Australia for MediaWorks, New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, across its television, radio and digital platforms.


Tuesday 11 April, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to announce Shelley Ferguson and Peter Wolfkamp as hosts for the upcoming property series, Slice of Paradise.

The eight-part series will track the journey of New Zealand individuals, couples and families as they endeavour nx to enter or manoeuvre the local property ladder, with Shelley and Peter working with prospective buyers and ultimately competing with each other to find the property best suited to their needs.

Each episode will feature two prospective buyers with Shelley and Peter presenting three housing options to each buyer, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each. Viewers will get an entertaining look at a variety of properties in each episode, taking away practical discussion points regarding different housing options in New Zealand.

Your Home and Garden Managing Editor and The Block NZ co-host, Shelley Ferguson, has a wealth of experience in lifestyle magazines and property, knowing what to look for when purchasing a home.

“The show is fascinating because it follows real people in a range of situations, from first-home buyers to investors or empty nesters. By following their journey – and let’s be honest, property searching can be a journey – New Zealanders can get a good look at what’s on offer in terms of lifestyle and real estate in different regions around the country,” Shelley said.

“I’m really looking forward to challenging people’s thought patterns on where or how they could compromise, manage expectations or reprioritize when it comes to property buying. I think we’ll have some real head versus heart battles on our hands!”

Shelley will be joined by Peter Wolfkamp, site foremen of The Block NZ and professional carpenter. Peter says it will be great to get an insight into the property market across the country.

“Like anyone who is a homeowner, or a potential homeowner, we are intensely interested in the property market at the moment. It will be very interesting to see what money can buy in different areas and I think we will see a huge contrast in the market depending on location.

We will be working with people of all circumstances from both ends of the country and it’s going to be extraordinary to see what’s available.”

MediaWorks is also pleased to announce as the broadcast sponsor for Slice of Paradise, accompanied by New Zealand Home Loans and Resene as programme partners.


Friday 31st March, 2017

MediaWorks is pleased to welcome Barney Rothwell to the position of Head of TV Integration. Barney will be responsible for the seamless integration of MediaWorks partners, via sponsorship and branding, within locally produced content.

"Every now and then you come across a person who you know has the potential to make a real difference - both to your business and importantly, to your customers' business. We are thrilled to welcome Barney and have his experience and passion for insights driven, content solutions," says Alana O’Neill, MediaWorks Head of Integration.

“I’m very excited join the innovative team at MediaWorks. They have a track record of creating cutting-edge content and I look forward to working with our clients and local productions to implement creative solutions,” says Barney.

Barney has extensive experience in media with a focus on commercialising content platforms. In 2016, he returned to New Zealand after 12 years based in the UK - during this time he worked at Bauer Media and The Walt Disney Company as Director of Brand Partnerships and Promotions across the UK and European markets. He is passionate about the future of content and the way it is consumed in New Zealand.


Tuesday 28th March, 2017

MediaWorks Radio CEO, Wendy Palmer has decided to step down. 

Wendy has been with MediaWorks Radio almost 12 years - the last three of which have been as CEO Radio where she has led the business to its number one position in the market - with its highest ever ratings achieved last year.

Wendy Palmer said: "It has been an absolute privilege to be part of such a brilliant team of people - I cannot thank them enough. I am so proud of everything we have achieved together and in particular over the last year - our great content team for our best ever ratings and the radio business overall for delivering our best ever financial performance. I wish them all the very best for the future."

Michael Anderson, MediaWorks CEO said: "We are really sad to lose Wendy but understand her decision to move on. She leaves our radio business in strong shape - and poised to move forward and capitalise on its leading position - thanks to her brilliant leadership and work with her teams and with clients. She has been a great support to me in my time at MediaWorks and I know I speak on behalf of the many, many people Wendy has worked with when I say she will be greatly missed."

David Gibbs, who has been assisting the radio team since the beginning of the year, will act as Head of Radio where he will lead the Regional Managers and branch operations working closely with Group Content Director – Music, Leon Wratt and Chief Commercial Officer, Glen Kyne. David has extensive sales management experience both in radio and in out-of-home industries.

Wendy will leave MediaWorks at the end of April.



Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

The results of its first Newshub-Reid Research poll of the year will be released from midday today - marking six months to go until the Election.

A new methodology has been developed that combines the use of both telephones and the internet to ensure the highest level of accuracy ahead of the Election on September 23.

And for the first time, the Newshub Power Rating feature will show how voters believe New Zealand’s two potential leaders, Bill English and Andrew Little are performing head-to-head.

“We have changed the way we poll to reach the most Kiwis,” said Political Editor Patrick Gower. “You can’t stand still when it comes to polling, it is too important.”

The poll will still sample 1000 people but the updated methodology sees 25% of respondents participating through an internet panel. The remaining 75% have been contacted via traditional landline telephone poll method. The poll will have the same margin of error of 3.1%.

“We are using the best mix of the new and the traditional that has worked well,” said Gower.

“We are using the internet to get to those harder-to-reach voters.”

The Power Rating feature is measured by respondents indicating how they think the two leaders are performing on a scale of ‘well’ or ‘poorly’ - with the net figure showing whether the leaders have a “positive” or “negative” rating.

“The Power Rating is a powerful piece of data that tells us who voters think is doing the best out of Bill English and Andrew Little,” said Gower.

The Power Rating is backed up by a data set that dates back until John Key took power which can be tracked to show how voters think leaders are performing over time.

Results will start to be released from 12pm today via Newshub and radio with further updates on Newshub Live at 4pm and Newshub Live at 6pm.



Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

MediaWorks is delighted to introduce the 19 amazing women who are vying for the affections of our bachelor Zac Franich in the third season of The Bachelor New Zealand.
From various locations spanning the length of New Zealand – and abroad – these 19 beauties have a vast array of different qualities they’re bringing to the table. However, they all have one thing in common – they’re all looking for their Mr Right!
Ally: 23 from Worcester, England.
Bel: 25 from Christchurch.
Charlotte: 24 from Auckland.
Claudia: 21 from Auckland.
Elaina: 26 from Bangkok, Thailand.
Hannah: 29 from Invercargill.
Jess: 23 from Hull, England.
Katey: 21 from Auckland.
Lily: 20 from Darwin, Australia.
Lucia: 21 from Auckland.
Mariana: 31 from Rotorua.
Molly: 24 from Wellington.
Monique: 25 from Wellington.
Nina: 23 from Christchurch.
Rosie: 23 from Benson, England.
Sophie: 26 from Te Pahu.
Stephanie: 24 from Auckland.
Taylar: 23 from Christchurch.
Viarni: 22 from Mount Maunganui.
From sport fanatics, creatives, social butterflies, academics, adrenaline junkies, beach babes to beauty queens and beyond – these interesting and talented ladies offer something for everyone, but the most important question remains: is there a special someone for this year’s leading man Zac Franich? Tune in to the season premiere on Sunday March 19 at 7pm on Three to judge for yourself!

To check out the promo for episode one of The Bachelor New Zealand season three click HERE.
To find out more about this year’s bachelorettes, click HERE.
Season three of The Bachelor New Zealand is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand and premieres on Sunday March 19 at 7pm and continues Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Three and ThreeNow.



Wednesday 1st March, 2017

Newshub has today announced a brand new weekday Newshub bulletin will be coming to Three later this month.
Launching on March 20th,  Newshub Live at 4pm will provide an afternoon news product Monday to Friday that will feature live content, studio interviews and a faster pace than traditional 6pm or late programmes.  

The half an hour programme will include full coverage of the spectrum of News & Current Affairs, lifestyle and entertainment news, as well as allowing for expanded coverage of major news events taking place in New Zealand, or globally, ahead of 6pm.

It will be presented by Newshub’s Susie Nordqvist, who will also help produce the bulletin.  

MediaWorks Chief News Officer Hal Crawford said: “As a network we are committed to news - with this new afternoon bulletin we’re catering to evolving audience demand and increasing the amount of news we broadcast.”

“Internationally, afternoon news is an area of growth for free-to air-broadcasters. This programme will provide in-demand content to the sizeable television audience at this time, increase audience for Newshub Live at 6pm and further cement our position as New Zealand’s number one news service.”