The story behind the billboard

08/09/2020

The Spinoff’s profile of Sean Topham and Ben Guerin, the principals of the very successful digital marketing company that carries their names, mentions work on ovarian cancer awareness on the biggest billboard in Times Square.

Newshub tells the story behind that billboard:

A Dunedin woman has scored a huge win to promote her cancer charity in New York.

Jane Ludemann, 32, has secured a free billboard in Times Square to mark World Ovarian Cancer Day. The giant advert is longer than a football field and calls for more funding and research for the disease. . . 

Kiwi creative agency Topham Guerin also helped out, designing an advert with a simple message alongside calls for more funding and research. . . 

The ODT also covered the story.

If you missed my post on Jane and living under the cancer sword you’ll find it here.


Young Nats first in NZ with Smartphone App

11/11/2013

The Young Nats are the first youth wing in New Zealand to launch a smartphone App for iPhone and Android.

“We are changing how New Zealanders can connect with politics,” says Young Nats President, Sean Topham.

“Roughly one in every two New Zealanders own a smartphone, and that number is on the rise. It’s the Young Nats who are stepping up and leading the way when it comes to connecting young Kiwis with National,” says Topham.

“Members and supporters up and down the country now have another way of connecting with the latest news and events, as well as taking on an active a role to sign up their friends so that we can build the best grassroots campaign heading into next year’s election.,”

The Young Nats worked with the team at Marker Studio to develop the App.

“We’re pretty sure that no political party in New Zealand has done this yet, and for us it’s just the start,” says Topham.

Download the Young Nats App here:

iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod): http://nzyn.at/17nDtEb

Android: http://nzyn.at/HJmXm8

One of the privileges of being a regional chair for National is working with the youth wing.

They’re a great bunch of intelligent, energetic, passionate and innovative young people and this App is an example of what they’re accomplishing in and for the party.

Their website is here.


Conference reflections

24/07/2012

My first National Party national conference was way back in 1996 – a few months before our first MMP election.

I was thinking about that while getting ready to go to his year’s conference and wondering if I’d been to enough and was in danger of suffering from conference fatigue.

The warmth of the welcome as I registered on Friday morning told me the answer to that was no and that was continually reinforced throughout the weekend.

As a regional chair I was privileged to sit through the candidates’ college, where I met some aspiring MPs and learned from two existing ones – first term MP Simon O’Connor and Prime Minister John Key.

The conference opened on Saturday morning. Speeches from ministers were informative and interesting with plenty of time for questions. Several workshop sessions also enabled plenty of interaction from the floor and we had the opportunity to debate seven remits too.

Saturday night’s dinner agenda included the presentation of a presidential citation to party stalwart and Super-Blue founder Bernie Poole and the Sir George Chapman Cup to retiring Young Nats president Daniel Fielding.

MC for the evening, senior whip Michael Woodhouse then introduced David Farrar who was chairing the debate for the Westminster Shield.

The moot was that the South Island should declare independence from the North.

Chris Finlayson led the affirmative team of Young Nats incoming president Sean Topham and Simon Bridges.

Nick Smith led Amy Adams and Neil Miller in putting the contrary case.

I thought of taking notes so I could repeat some of the hilarious lines but I was too busy laughing to write.

The judges were David, John Key and Bill English who almost upstaged the debaters with their humour.

The negative team won by .5 of a point.

Sunday’s programme began with an ecumenical church service followed by a session on law and order, more policy breakouts and concluded on a high with the Prime Minister’s address.

A first-time conference goer who I met at the airport was fizzing. It was a reminder to those of us who have been to several conferences that we shouldn’t take for granted the easy access to MPs, that we can still be inspired by the speeches, that the networking opportunities between formal sessions is part of the fun and that the best way to treat fears of conference-fatigue is to go to one.

It was a wonderful weekend and I’m already looking forward to next year’s.


With friends like this . . .

02/12/2011

Young Nats have officially endorsed David Cunliffe for the Labour leadership.

“David Cunliffe is a member of the Young Nats, and we’re endorsing him to be the next Labour leader” says Northern Young Nationals Chairman, Sean Topham.

“Cunliffe signed up at the University of Auckland O’Week stall in March and put his name in the draw to win a BBQ”

“Cunliffe’s candidacy is bloody exciting! He’s a whole package of disloyalty, dishonesty and extravagance – he absolutely embodies Labour values. Shearer may be spiking the guns in caucus, but Cunliffe’s epic support of Phil throughout the campaign just shows how effective he would be at uniting the freshly decimated Labour caucus.”

Young Nats Vice President, Zach Castles also added “The sheer charm and personality that David will bring to a factional Labour caucus would be really inspiring.” . . .

Goodness only knows what’s motivated this support but I suspect Cunliffe will be thinking that with friends like this he doesn’t need any enemies.

 


Moved but not shaken

22/05/2011

I’m not long home from a wonderful weekend of fun, inspiration and motivation at the National Party’s Mainland Conference.

More on the contrast between that and Labour’s spend and tax recipe for dragging us all backwards again tomorrow.

The conference was held in Christchurch. Not surprisingly the earthquake, which Keeping Stock reminds us  happened three months ago today, was in everybody’s minds.

In conference sessions and conversations during breaks those of us from outside the city learned more about the devastation and on-going difficulties dealing with the aftermath.

The gratitude for the help from other parts of New Zealand and round the world, the determination to rebuild and the positive attitude towards the recovery were inspirational.

A small (3 point something) quake this morning was felt by some. None of us was shaken by that but all were moved by the strength and resilience of Christchurch people and the support they’re getting.

An example of this was an $11,000 cheque raised by Young Nats at their 75th anniversary ball and presented to the Canterbury Student Volunteer Army.

Prime Minister John Key, National Party President Peter Goodfellow, Mark Nicholson, Sam Johnson and Sean Topham.


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