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Jack Yan's mayoral campaign function brings Wellingtonians together in a high-fashion setting

Wellington, July 25 (JY&A Media) Mayoral candidate Jack Yan’s fund-raiser at Soi last week brought together many Wellingtonians in a high-fashion setting, including double Olympian Dick Joyce, former CentrePort chairman Nigel Gould, online publishing pioneer and author Richard MacManus, jewellery designer Victoria Taylor, city councillors and one council candidate.
   The event, which donated 10 per cent of its proceeds to CanTeen, was a showcase of Mr Yan’s ideas of unity and creativity.
   Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng and Arcana Imperii fashion producer James Butters coordinated a fashion show where guests could get photographs taken with models who were showcasing the latest fashion, while make-up and hair specialists Dollybird ran an on-location suite for those who wanted touch-ups during the evening. Models were provided by Kirsty Bunny Management. Alissa Corbett served as the official photographer on the night.
   Jennifer Hamilton performed live music, while Tanya Carr-Smith MCed the night.
   Soi served canapés, while sponsors Invivo Wines, Perrier and Zumwohl served drinks.
   A live auction helmed by Grant Cederwall of Tommy’s topped the evening off, with items sponsored by Spicy Thai Design, Miniscus, Fashion Marketing Ltd., Soi, Ultra Shoes, Tory & KO., Go to Martinborough, The Cattlestop Martinborough Retreat, Voon, Stalex, Beaute Rituelle, Inspia Creative, and Forever Young Hairdressing.
   CanTeen member Lucy Coombes gave a speech on being a bereaved sibling, while Mr Yan spoke of his passion for Wellington, how he expected to grow the city’s business sector, and his history in Wellington.
   He noted that at the time he was the only candidate who was Wellington-bred with his education and his businesses all having taken place in the city.
   His manifesto, he said, had been there since April for critique, because he felt it was important to be transparent with the people of Wellington.
   Since April he had collected endorsements locally and internationally, including from former three-term Wellington mayor Sir Michael Fowler, Xero co-founder Hamish Edwards, environmental activist and author Summer Rayne Oakes, and jeweller Claudia Jaffe. Surprisingly, an English television character, Roland Rat, has also endorsed Mr Yan via Twitter, much to the delight of some British expatriates.
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Publicity shot for Jack Yan’s mayoral campaign (2013)
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Back Jack 2013 mayoral fund-raiser at Soi: Jack Yan with models from Kirsty Bunny Management (2013)
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Photographed by Alissa Corbett

Back Jack 2013 mayoral fund-raiser at Soi: Jack Yan with Rhonda Grant and Pamela Baron-Archer (2013)
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Photographed by Alissa Corbett

Back Jack 2013 mayoral fund-raiser at Soi: Jack Yan with guests (2013)
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About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (, one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987, operating internationally. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications and journals worldwide and is a regular international speaker. He serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Brand Management. He has authored or co-authored numerous books, including Beyond Branding, Typography and Branding and, most recently, Nation Branding: Country Concepts and Cases. His personal site is at He is a director of the Medinge Group (, a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding. He was one of the parties behind the successful bid for Miss Sweden in 2003 for Panos Emporio, and is general counsel of the Miss New Zealand Consortium, the New Zealand licensee for Miss Universe. Since 2006, he has been a mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand. In 2013, he announced his second bid for the mayoralty in Wellington, New Zealand, after netting 12 per cent of the vote on his first attempt.
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