Iris wins pitch to bring back Aussies to quake-hit Christchurch

An advertising pitch to bring back Australian tourists to earthquake-ravaged Christchurch has been awarded to integrated marketing outfit Iris Sydney, Mumbrella can reveal.

The small agency came out on top of a field of 50 contenders to land what has been dubbed as “the most challenging brief of 2012”.

A new campaign, to launch later in the year, will use traditional and digital media to allow visitors and locals to share their experiences and reflect the positive changes taking place in the city, according to Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

It will also involve airlines and hotels and is designed to “grow with the city in the years to come.”

The idea of the campaign is to show Australians that Christchurch is re-energising following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake which shook the city in February 2011.

Tim Hunter, CEO of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism said: “We were absolutely delighted with the response to tender. We really struggled to arrive at a final decision as everyone was so passionate in their commitment to help us get back on our feet. I think this was the feel good brief of the year.”

Iris Sydney’s MD Simon Porter added: “This was too big an opportunity not to get involved. The chance to help the people of Christchurch and Canterbury by showcasing their ingenuity, passion and spirit in the face of adversity is humbling.”


  1. Lisa
    6 Jul 12
    11:19 am

  2. Good luck Iris! Ex-pat Cantabrians everywhere are behind you.

  3. peter
    6 Jul 12
    11:28 am

  4. looking forward to seeing the campaign. good luck iris

  5. Hannah
    6 Jul 12
    12:33 pm

  6. This is outrageous. Should the money spent here not be going back into the community of CHCH who this campaign is trying to support?? I’m sure there are some very talented agencies in Christchurch who could have done a great job on this campaign.

  7. Pete the meat
    6 Jul 12
    1:43 pm

  8. Huge win iris. Congratulations, looking forward to see what the output will be.

  9. nick williams
    6 Jul 12
    9:11 pm

  10. brilliant win Iris, one of many.