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NZ on Air research into Chinese New Zealanders ‘disingenuous’

Wellington, November 9 (JY&A Media) Irirangi Te Motu’s (New Zealand on Air) research into New Zealanders of Chinese and Indian heritage has spurred days of intensive discussion from a number of people from the Chinese New Zealand community, with it labelled ‘disingenuous’ and ‘disconcerting’.
   The final report from NZ on Air is called Asian Media Use in Aotearoa 2021, and their announcement, as well as the report’s filename, Chinese and Indian New Zealanders Media Use in Aoteoroa [sic] NZ final, suggest that it is a broad, qualitative study purporting to represent an representative sample of both groups.
   Critics say the study is anything but.
   Wellingtonian Jack Yan says, ‘Irirangi Te Motu should be applauded for commissioning the research but it is disingenuous to present the Chinese section as representative of the Chinese Kiwi population at large.
   ‘For instance, only one of the eighteen respondents was New Zealand-born, whereas the 2018 Census puts that group at over a quarter of all Chinese New Zealanders. On this alone, that’s a fifth of the community missing from NZ on Air’s “range”.’
   The Wellington Chinese History account on Twitter, run by New Zealand-born Chinese, added, ‘If you had presented the findings in a way that accurately described the Chinese participants, rather than suggesting that that it was representative of the diverse range of Chinese New Zealanders, there would have been less of a feeling of alienation.’
   NZ on Air has so far thanked its critics for their kōrero, and added, ‘We are aware that the research has its limitations, we see this research as just one part of a picture—to be added to our other data sources (such as Where Are the Audiences) and viewing insights from platforms. As such it is a piece of the puzzle we haven’t previously had. We will continue to commission further research to better understand audience needs.’
   Some of those reacting to the report say they found greater affinity with the Indian New Zealanders interviewed.
Contact
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
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November 9, 2021   No Comments

Instagram shuts down Lucire’s and others’ accounts with no explanation

Wellington, October 2 (JY&A Media) A number of Instagram accounts have been shut down with no violation of their terms and conditions, including the account for international fashion magazine Lucire.
   Activity on social media, especially Reddit, suggests that Instagram has been closing numerous accounts without warning, and barring any attempts at the link they provide to file appeals. One observer on Reddit’s Instagram subreddit suggested there were more shutdowns this time, and complaints of account deactivations currently appear to be more frequent.
   Investigating the widespread shutdowns, Lucire publisher Jack Yan says, ‘One common denominator to some of the accounts is that their owners accessed Instagram via the desktop, suggesting that the company now frowns upon those who choose not to, or cannot, use smartphones for accessibility reasons.’
   He notes that attempts to file appeals are met with an error message, claiming, ‘We limit how often you can post, comment or do other things in a given amount of time in order to help protect the community from spam,’ even though the appeals are not spam. Not even a single appeal gets through, over days of attempts.
   In Lucire’s case he was fortunate to reach a Facebook Support Concierge who has referred the matter to Instagram’s internal team, but a resolution has not yet materialized.
   ‘If our clean, uncontroversial business account isn’t safe from Instagram’s parent company Facebook’s algorithms, then whose are?’ he asks.
   Mr Yan also says that there are thousands of spam accounts that he knows of that Instagram has not touched, yet legitimate ones are being deleted.
   He says as early as 2014 he had spotted an ‘epidemic’ of bot activity on Facebook that the company’s algorithms missed, while presently COVID misinformation continues to spread on the company’s platforms. ‘You’d think those were not only more detectable but were a greater priority than those of us who eschew small cellphone screens.’
   He adds, ‘The big picture is that our team’s work over many years is gone, as are the accounts of many Instagrammers, even though we have not done anything wrong. Also, there are so many wonderful creatives who tag us, and their work cannot be seen through our account now, either.’
   He is not a regular user himself, saying he goes on to his own account for a few minutes every one to two months, but that Instagram confronted him with a ‘We noticed unusual activity from your account’ message on his personal account as well when he began to investigate.
   ‘That was also after I looked at my account on the desktop,’ he says. ‘It just discourages you from using the platform altogether if you risk losing everything.’
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Lucire cover, issue 43, 2021
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About Lucire
Lucire, the global fashion magazine (www.lucire.com), started on the web in 1997. In 2003, Lucire became the first fashion industry partner of UN Environment (www.unep.org). In October 2004, it became the first magazine in its sector to extend its brand into a print magazine. By May 2005, it became the first web magazine to spawn international print editions. There are currently five editions worldwide. It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.
Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.
Contact
Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
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October 1, 2021   No Comments

UK's Lockdown Theatre Company's New Zealand film goes live

Auckland, August 13 (JY&A Media) In an extraordinary irony, the release of the UK-based Lockdown Theatre Company’s (LTC) An Actor Resigns, performed by well known actor and TV producer Nigel Godfrey, came on the day that Auckland, New Zealand, his hometown, headed back into a partial lockdown, after New Zealand had enjoyed a record-breaking 102 days free from community transmission of COVID-19.
   Like most in his profession, Nigel Godfrey found himself at a loose end in lockdown. Back in March he wondered what the future held for his profession in a post-COVID world, as he saw a Japanese tour of Phantom of the Opera that we was acting in cancelled. Wearing his hat as a producer he had to postpone Miss World in New Zealand for 2020, and as an actor playing Graham Walker on Shortland Street he experienced the enforced break that lockdown delivered.
   So what did he do for the seven weeks of lockdown? According to Nigel, ‘Lots of walking; I made a long list of jobs that needed doing around the house, and then didn’t do any of them; I planned a raft of projects that I now need to get on to. I bonded with the cat and did an enormous amount of thinking—and drinking. I got in touch with people I hadn’t spoken to for a while, many of whom were in other countries. And although travel had stopped, I felt the world became strangely smaller.’
   One of the people he was in touch with was Rohan Candappa in the UK, an old school friend and an author who has sold over a million books. Rohan infamously, when “let go” from a very well paid position in the advertising industry, used the experience to write a play entitled How I Said F*ck You to the Company After They Made Me Redundant, which did rather well in Edinburgh. He’s also the founder and artistic director of the LTC.
   The premise for the LTC is that Rohan creates and writes the scripts and then the actors work with him remotely on the presentation. They are then filmed by the actors on Ipads or phones and go back to Rohan for the upload and release. By the time Nigel’s script was ready, New Zealand had in fact come out of lockdown, so in his words, ‘I felt a bit of a fraud. I was able to slip into a friend’s TV studio and film the piece on proper gear, but the essence of the work is the same as those filmed by all of the UK actors, who were working in slightly more challenging conditions. Little did I know when it released, we’d be back in lockdown.’
   On this particular episode, Rohan said, ‘One of the reasons that I wanted to work with Nigel is that he is in New Zealand. As the Lockdown Theatre Company has grown in scope and ambition since it started in March, it became apparent that our way of working meant we weren’t limited by geography. We could work with anyone across the UK and to prove the point why not take it to the extreme? Why not try to produce something worth saying and worth seeing, while working with someone half a world away?’
   Nigel said, ‘To be honest I was really honoured that Rohan asked me to perform his work. I think that his vision is extraordinary. I was lucky enough to attend one of his “thread mash” gigs, which are an evening of spoken word performance, when I was back in London at Christmas. We met up the next day at the National Theatre and following that I knew that we’d work together on something, I just didn’t know it would be this.’
   Both Rohan and Nigel went to Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, a school with an extraordinary pedigree for the arts. Founded by Edward Alleyn in 1619, the theatre manager who first discovered William Shakespeare, the school has a long list of celebrated performance alumni, including, Simon Ward (Young Winston, Judge John Deed), Julian Glover (For Your Eyes Only, Game of Thrones), John Stride (A Bridge Too Far), Ken Farrington (Coronation Street, Families, Emmerdale), Frank Thornton (Are You Being Served?), Nicholas Day (Minder, New Tricks) and more recently Jude Law, Hanna and Jesse Ware, the Chemical Brothers, Florence of Florence and the Machine, and Samuel West and Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen, both of whom were contemporaries of Nigel and Rohan.
   This is the second season of 10 films, making 20 in total, each one delivered by a different actor with each script conveying a different message. Nigel is hopeful that when COVID-19 is finally over, perhaps all of those involved in the LTC can physically come together and work on something, and he has no doubt that Rohan could write something befitting such an auspicious event.
   An Actor Resigns, written by Rohan Candappa and performed by Nigel Godfrey is live on YouTube from Wednesday, August 12 at youtu.be/DV1NQ9oDqPI.
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Nigel Godfrey, who performs An Actor Resigns, for the Lockdown Theatre Company
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Rohan Candappa, founder of Lockdown Theatre Company
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Rohan Candappa, founder of Lockdown Theatre Company
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Contact
Nigel Godfrey
[email protected]
+64 21 630-443
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August 13, 2020   No Comments

New Zealand fashion magazine Lucire’s Saudi Arabian edition a hit

Wellington, June 13 (JY&A Media) Lucire, the international fashion magazine started in New Zealand in 1997, is on to a hit in Saudi Arabia, where the publication finds itself in first and businesses classes on Saudia, the country’s national carrier, and in their lounges.
   A monthly, as it was originally in New Zealand in the mid-2000s, Lucire KSA is receiving positive reviews after completing eight issues since the end of 2018.
   Under publisher Aljawhara Al-Otaishan and editor Qurratulain (Annie) Wahab, Lucire KSA balances its international content with locally sourced items, and has interviewed some of the region’s leading fashion and beauty industry players.
   A substantial amount of readers take in Lucire KSA each month in the Middle East, with a very captive audience. The numbers of travellers are certified by IATA and those flying in first and business class are generally in a happier, less stressed mindframe.
   ‘We’ve established a winning formula with the team across the Middle East,’ says Jack Yan, Lucire’s founder.
   ‘Thanks to them I feel confident that New Zealand and Australian advertisers who want to reach a captive, positive audience in the GCC now have a New Zealand lifestyle magazine they can book in.’
   Mr Yan says Lucire KSA offers highly competitive advertising prices for the GCC region.
   The layouts are done in New Zealand and the magazines are printed in Riyadh.
   Nancy Hany of Kingfisher Consultancy officially represents the magazine’s advertising in the GCC, but Lucire’s Wellington office welcomes enquiries from New Zealand and Australia.
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Lucire KSA cover, June 2019
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About Lucire
Lucire, the global fashion magazine (www.lucire.com), started on the web in 1997. In 2003, Lucire became the first fashion industry partner of UN Environment (www.unep.org). In October 2004, it became the first magazine in its sector to extend its brand into a print magazine. By May 2005, it became the first web magazine to spawn international print editions. It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand.
Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.
Contact
Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
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June 12, 2019   No Comments

Zuru's Kiwi entrepreneur Nick Mowbray misses out in Monaco

Monaco, June 10 (JY&A Media) Nick Mowbray of Zuru has been in Monte Carlo for the last week competing for the title of World Entrepreneur of the Year and it’s most certainly a very long way from where he started out over a decade ago, when he, his brother and their sister booked themselves a one-way ticket to China and set themselves up in the toy business.
   ‘We had no knowledge, we didn’t know what we were doing, we didn’t speak the language, we were very quickly involved in multiple lawsuits that we couldn’t settle, we had no money and we were literally living on a couple of dollars a day, so to be here just 15 years later is pretty incredible,’ Mowbray said from the balcony of the five-star Hermitage Hotel in Monaco.
   In the opulent surroundings of the Opéra Garnier, inside Monte Carlo’s famed Casino, he was inducted into the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. But it’s the overall title that Nick was after, and he was very focused on giving it his best shot and according to Darren White, the EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year Award Director, he’s had a pretty good shot at it.
   ‘I’ve been involved with the programme for a few years now and Nick is the most focused winner we’ve ever brought to Monaco. He wants this and I am not alone in thinking he could take it out,’ said White.
   He was though up against some very stiff opposition. Entrepreneurs from 47 countries are competing and their combined statistics are impressive. Combined revenues of over US$44 billion, average growth over the past three years of 84 per cent and employees in excess of 159,000. Joining him on the red carpet, his girlfriend Jaimee and his father Harry, in whose Tokoroa barn the genesis of Zuru was formed, when, with his brother and sister, they constructed their first toy. This is without doubt the biggest coming together of entrepreneurs on the planet but for all the handshakes and smiles, make no mistake this is a competition, and it’s one that Nick Mowbray wanted to win as he told us before going into his judging session.
   ‘I’m not coming here to make up the numbers, I’m definitely coming here to try and win. I think our journey and what we’ve done is very different to most and where we are going is also very different to most, so I’d like to think we have a good chance.’
   In the end the title of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 went to Brad Keywell from the USA, a serial entrepreneur whose work in data science helped his company, Uptake Technologies, become the fastest start-up to reach a US$2 billion valuation.
   But holding his head high on the world stage and competing against the very best in the world is surely a win for this 34-year-old young Kiwi whose entrepreneurial journey is only just beginning.
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This release, with download links, can be found at http://jyanet.com/info/2019/06/zuru-toys-kiwi-entrepreneur-nick-mowbray-misses-out-in-monaco/.
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Nick Mowbray with his girlfriend Jaimee
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Nick Mowbray with his girlfriend Jaimee, and his father Harry
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Nick Mowbray after being presented with a citation from New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern by Darren White of EY
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A video can be embedded from https://dai.ly/x7aopny.
Contact
Nigel Godfrey
Eureka Productions Ltd.
T 64 21 630-443
E [email protected]
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June 10, 2019   No Comments

JY&A Fonts releases 10-weight family, JY Saj, by Slovenian designer Jure Stojan

Wellington, October 12 (JY&A Media) Slovenian designer Jure Stojan’s latest typeface family, JY Saj, has been released through JY&A Fonts.
   JY Saj is a 10-weight (five roman, five italic) sans serif typeface family that works particularly well on screen and in print, and in both text and display applications. It balances the artistic and the conventional, according to JY&A Fonts’ founder Jack Yan.
   The New Zealand-based typefoundry, which has been creating digital type since the 1980s, has several releases by Mr Stojan, dating back to JY Koliba in 1999. JY Saj is an evolution of his JY Raj design from 2001, but with far more weights and its more controversial features, which dated the family, revisited.
   The result is a far more practical and legible design, but it retains its artistic flourishes, such as a two-part roman g and a script-like italic counterpart, and a y that flicks rightward.
   Each font has c. 3,500 kerning pairs, as well as a comprehensive Latin character set, and euro and rupee symbols. There is a set of lining numerals as well as fully kerned proportional oldstyle numerals. Despite the large family ranging from Ultra Light to Extra Bold weights, Microsoft programs can handle all the variants as well as Apple ones can.
   ‘In many creative endeavours, the way-out experiments can be considered a step too far; but when some restraint is brought into the process, true beauty emerges. JY Saj finds that balance,’ read the release notes from the specimen.
   The word saj literally translates to since, but it can also be used as a short riposte, said Mr Stojan, much in the same way an English speaker says, ‘Quite.’
   As with previous releases by Mr Stojan through JY&A Fonts, the original design was done in Slovenia and the finishing, including euro and rupee symbols and the kerning, was done in New Zealand. Testing of the finished files took place in both countries.
   The JY Saj family is available at MyFonts, Fontspring, Phil’s Fonts, Typos, and directly from the foundry. A PDF sample may be downloaded from jya.net/fonts, with retail partners linked from jyanet.com/fonts/range.html.
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Images for this release may be downloaded at jya.net/info/2017/10/jya-fonts-releases-10-weight-family-jy-saj-by-slovenian-designer-jure-stojan.

JY Saj specimen pages (2017)
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About JY&A Fonts
JY&A Fonts (http://jya.net/fonts) is part of Jack Yan & Associates, founded in 1987. It is the oldest digital typefoundry in New Zealand, with its first digital fonts in 1985, and one of the longest-running in the southern hemisphere. JY&A Fonts, which has created typefaces both for retail sale and for private commissions, is known for its meticulous attention to detail, its careful and extensive use of kerning pairs, and elegant, restrained designs. JY&A Fonts represents designs from Jack Yan, Jure Stojan, David Philpott, Greg Bastin, Todd Hallock, Mark Geard, Antonio González de Santiago, and Danielle Smith.
Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.
Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
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October 12, 2017   No Comments

Facebook needs to come clean on malware scanner offered by Kaspersky and others

Wellington, October 9 (JY&A Media) Facebook needs to come clean on its malware scanner provided by Kaspersky, F-Secure, Trend Micro and others, says Jack Yan, whose blog posts on the subject have amassed nearly 120,000 views and continue to be read by people affected by the social media site’s warnings.
   Mr Yan, who runs a communications’ firm, Jack Yan & Associates, in Wellington, New Zealand, says he first confronted Facebook’s malware scanner, a program endorsed publicly by Facebook and reported regularly by the tech press, in January 2016. Facebook would show a checkpoint page, where a user could not proceed till they had downloaded the scanner.
   He claims that running it—his was provided by Kaspersky—knocked out his real antivirus program, and since blogging about the experience has received hundreds of comments and tens of thousands of views. He also says that anyone receiving a malware warning from Facebook can log out and log back in as someone else without getting any such warning, which suggests the computer is not at fault.
   He was surprised to discover that Facebook’s warnings targeted particular users.
   He also says that once installed, the scanner does not appear anywhere in the installed programs’ list, but resides in a hidden directory on the user’s computer.
   He notes that the US press has now become suspicious of Kaspersky because of its Russian origins, but says that Facebook has publicly stated it is working with one of several antivirus partner companies, including ESET, Trend Micro, and F-Secure, and that all are equally responsible.
   However, when he commented on Kaspersky’s blog post about its cooperation with Facebook, his words were promptly deleted, and when Tweeting one of the other antivirus providers, the dialogue abruptly came to an end when the subject of the malware scanner was brought up.
   Mr Yan says he has read through the hundreds of comments on his blog and noted no similarities between the types of people affected other than their use of Windows, but that Facebook’s behaviour was consistent.
   ‘The affected netizens are both political and apolitical, some play games and others don’t, some are on the left and others on the right, and it doesn’t matter where they live,’ he says.
   He says he has been in touch with affected users in his own country, and in the US, UK, India, and Latin America.
   ‘Before April 2016, most users could delete their cookies and re-enter the site, which places great doubt on Facebook’s claims that their computers were infected with malware.
   ‘However, after April 2016, this method stopped working and users had to resort to other means,’ he says. ‘Facebook shifted the goalposts.’
   Users reported that they had run their own malware scans, including scanners made by Facebook’s partners, and usually came up with nothing.
   Even after running the scan, some users would still be unable to post links.
   ‘Generally, people would be locked out for three days to a month if they refused to run the scanner, which is not unlike the sort of failures Facebook experienced in the first part of the 2010s,’ he says.
   Mr Yan says he switched to computers running Mac OS and Linux and was able to bypass the malware checkpoint and a prompt to download software, though he still had malware warnings come up whenever he posted a link. The difference was that he was able to tell Facebook it was in error and he was allowed to continue using the site.
   In September 2014 there was a Facebook outage where users were unable to post status updates, something which the company later attributed to an internal bug.
   Mr Yan says Facebook’s behaviour was very similar to what had happened in 2014, except now it had shifted the blame to the user’s computer.
   He says that there was an increasing amount of reports on Getsatisfaction, a website that hosted support forums on behalf of companies. Facebook eventually shut down its part of the site.
   Three months before the widely reported outage, Mr Yan says he encountered a Facebook block for 69 hours, where he could not post, like or comment, but still had access to the site—exactly what users went through in September 2014.
   He says the way Facebook behaves after it has accused a user of having malware is similar to what happened in 2014, and has a hard time believing that it is the user’s fault or that the user’s computer has malware.
   ‘Everything about this points back to Facebook, and the fact that no one has come out to address users’ concerns over the years they have offered this makes me suspicious.
   ‘It’s as though there’s something faulty with Facebook’s servers, but they have to buy time to repair them. Most people will take the warnings at face value and willingly plant Facebook’s software in a hidden directory on their computers.’
   Mr Yan says a number of netizens have come up with solutions that have been posted on his blog, but worries that, as with Facebook moving the goalposts in April 2016, they would do that again to users who attempt these newer methods.
   He says that the number of views on his blog posts on the topic is increasing consistently, and believes the problem is becoming more widespread.
About Jack Yan & Associates
Started in 1987, Jack Yan & Associates is a communications’ company with businesses in brand consulting, font software and media. JY&A Consulting is connected to Medinge Group, a Swedish branding think-tank, through its founder Jack Yan. JY&A Fonts is New Zealand’s first digital typefoundry and a pioneer in the business. JY&A Media is an early pioneer in online publishing, with its first digital magazine launched in the 1990s; its ventures include Lucire, the international fashion magazine and Autocade, a car encyclopædia. Jack Yan & Associates is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, but has licences and other presences globally.
Notes to editors
Original post in January: http://jackyan.com/blog/2016/01/when-facebook-forces-you-to-download-their-anti-malware-your-own-antivirus-gets-knocked-out/
   Follow-up post: http://jackyan.com/blog/2016/01/if-facebook-says-you-have-malware-do-not-download-their-program-heres-a-way-around-it/
   All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.
Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
William Shepherd
Multicultural Brand Consultancy
T 1 213 248-4484
E ws@popdocumentary.com
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October 8, 2017   No Comments

Rocketlab's Peter Beck just misses out in Monaco

Monaco, June 10 (JY&A Media) On June 8, 2017, entrepreneurs from 49 countries descended on Monaco for the 17th annual EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Representing New Zealand this year, Peter Beck of Rocketlab. Peter’s singular vision in creating a company that would challenge the norm and take New Zealand into space was formulated at a very early age.
Peter Beck quote, Monaco, June 9
‘I knew from a very early age that space was something I’m going to work in, as far back as I can remember standing outside looking up at the stars with my father I knew that space was something I had to be involved with. It’s kind of a marriage between engineering and space that has lead to all of this.’
   Rocketlab launched their first rocket into space just last month and they are viewed around the world as a very serious player in the rocket business.
Peter Beck quote, Monaco, June 9
‘I think we’re perceived as the leaders in the small launch vehicle, we’re lucky to be quite clearly in front of our competition with the first flight of our vehicle.’
   However, competing against another 48 world-beating entrepreneurs is tough. The entrepreneurs get just 20 minutes in front of the independent judging panel, who number amongst their participants, former New Zealand winner and chair of the New Zealand judging panel, Diane Foreman.
Diane Foreman quote, Monaco, June 9
‘We spend three hours independently studying each national winner, so by the time we arrive in the judging room we really know the competitors.
   ‘And then we have 20 minutes in the room with each winner to “make magic”.
   ‘Normally it takes around an hour and a half to reach consensus. This time it was four hours 15 of very rigorous debate – but we have a winner and a winner of whom we are very proud.’
   Peter Beck typifies the New Zealand spirit of punching above our weight: his dream was considered by many as an impossible one. He had to raise multi-million-dollar capital, he had to convince the New Zealand and US governments to negotiate a bilateral space treaty, and, of course, he had to build rockets that could reach space—all of which he has done. His story was one that resonated with the global media that assembled in Monte Carlo. He was interviewed by all of the British press, plus major TV networks CNBC, Fox, and the BBC.
   Sitting on the terrace of the hotel in Monaco reflecting on what he has achieved so far, Peter says that his achievements are not so much his own, but they represent his team and the country.
Peter Beck quote, Monaco, June 9
‘It’s a huge honour whether you’re a sportsman or an entrepreneur: representing your country is the ultimate, it’s the ultimate responsibility, too, so I’d better bloody win for the country, I don’t really care for Peter Beck, it’s got to be for the country so that to me is really the prime driver here, being here amongst the most the most amazing people in the world, representing your country. I think it was really well summed up at an event last night: this is the Olympics for entrepreneurs and business and that is really exciting.’
   Earlier in the evening, Peter was inducted into the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and although he missed out on the top award which went to Murad Al-Katib of Canada, who over 15 years has taken his company, AGT Food and Ingredients, to one with $1·4 billion in revenues, with around 23 per cent of the world’s trade in lentils and operating in 120 countries.
   Peter still managed some sage words of advice for young Kiwi entrepreneurs.
Peter Beck quote, Monaco, June 9
‘Work hard and don’t give up. There’s going to be a lot of people that tell you it’s not possible; there’s going to be many, many times when it just seems impossible and hard, but we always find a way. Sometimes it’s almost sheer arrogance there’s a barrier in front of you. You can accept that it’s a barrier and stop or you can find a way around it.’
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Peter Beck with his EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame Trophy
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Peter and his wife Karen with his EY World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Trophy
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Peter on stage in Monte Carlo receiving his EY World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Trophy
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Peter Beck in front of the global media
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Contact
Nigel Godfrey
Eureka Productions Ltd.
T 64 21 630-443
E [email protected]
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June 10, 2017   No Comments

Jack Yan endorses Jo Coughlan for Wellington mayoral race

Wellington, August 23 (JY&A Media) Former Wellington mayoral candidate Jack Yan says he is endorsing Jo Coughlan in this year’s race.
   Mr Yan says Ms Coughlan has a long-term view of Wellington, has a record of working with councillors regardless of their political stripes, and is an independent who is not being financed by an establishment cadre.
   ‘Jo’s ideas are big-picture ones, as mine were when I ran. She doesn’t focus on the trivial, and she believes in our city leading the way with a future-oriented economy,’ he says.
   ‘I recognize parallels between what she wants to achieve and what I wanted to,’ Mr Yan adds. ‘Jo sees Wellington as part of a global economy, one of a small club of cities that has a high concentration of tech businesses. She’s not afraid of seeing us compete with the world’s best. That’s the energy that I seek in a candidate, and what I believe my supporters from two campaigns sought, too.’
   Mr Yan points to the work that had been done while Ms Coughlan chaired the Council’s Economic Growth Committee, with Wellington’s CBD outpacing Auckland in GDP growth. ‘It’s proof that she was capable of working with a mayor whose politics differ from her own, for the good of Wellington. I see certain other candidates as being too divisive or too wedded to their political ideologies,’ he says.
   ‘During the 2013 campaign, I asked Jo why she wasn’t running. I said that I wanted to hear her ideas in the mayoral forums, and I’m glad she’s made the choice to go for the job this time.’
   Mr Yan chose not to run this year for family reasons.
Notes to editors
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Publicity shot for Jack Yan’s mayoral campaign (2013)
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About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net), 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 has authored or co-authored numerous books, including Beyond Branding, Typography and Branding, Nation Branding: Country Concepts and Cases, and, most recently, Brands with a Conscience. His personal site is at jackyan.com. He is co-chair of the Medinge Group (http://medinge.org), a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding. He ran for Mayor of Wellington in 2010 and 2013, netting 18 per cent of the vote on his second attempt.
Contact
Jack Yan
CEO, Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213
F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
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August 23, 2016   No Comments

New international book on sustainable brands launching in Amsterdam has a Kiwi connection

Wellington and Amsterdam, March 24 (JY&A Media) Brands with a Conscience, the new book published by Kogan Page in London, will be launched at a Medinge Group event in Amsterdam on March 31—with a Kiwi connection, contributing author and Medinge co-chair Jack Yan.
   Mr Yan writes the first case study in the book on Dilmah Tea, illustrating that a brand can be socially responsible and help its community, while being a market leader.
   The new book aims to dissect the philosophies that make up successful, sustainable brands, arriving at a set of eight clear guiding attributes that can be used as the foundation for responsible growth.
   ‘I’m truly excited at the first title Medinge has penned after a decade,’ says Mr Yan. ‘This has been planned for several years, with the bulk of writing done in 2015, and updates done right up till the date of publication earlier this year.
   ‘If professionals want a book that outlines how brands can be responsible and sustainable for the future, they need look no further. The level of research and insight in Brands with a Conscience is second to none.’
   Other cases in Brands with a Conscience written by Medinge members include H&M, Dr Hauschka, Merci, the John Lewis Partnership, and Tony’s Chocolonely. The book is truly international in scope with contributors from four continents, covering everything from consumer brands to place branding.
   Brands with a Conscience goes beyond theory: the 12 chapters provide real-life examples and the editing, by Nicholas Ind and Sandra Horlings, ties the book together for professional marketers and brand managers.
   Mr Yan notes that the first time Medinge wrote a book as a group was in 2003–4, when the well regarded Beyond Branding, also edited by Mr Ind, was released by Kogan Page. A paperback edition followed. He had also contributed to the earlier work.
   ‘This isn’t strictly a sequel, but it does build on the theories in the earlier title with very robust case studies. Instead of a collection of essays, this is a single volume that helps professionals get a very clear idea of the principles behind today’s, and tomorrow’s, conscientious and sustainable brands,’ he says.
   The first evening in Amsterdam begins with an informal dinner and gathering at Pllek, TT Neveritaweg 59, from 7 p.m.
   Medinge’s big day this year commences at 12.30 p.m. on March 31, with a series of seminars at Design Post Amsterdam, Cruquiusweg 111, with 80–100 participants. The introduction, ‘Unite the World’, is given by Mr Ind and Ms Horlings, with an opening speech following from Ava Hakim of IBM Global Business Solutions. Keynotes from Brigitte Stepputtis of Vivienne Westwood, and Jack Stroeken of Slow Food Netherlands follow.
   A series of Action Labs hosted by Medinge’s high-level brand experts take place from 3.45 p.m., with Nikolaj Stagis, Simon Paterson, Sudhir John Horo, co-chair Erika Uffindell, Sergei Mitrofanov, Cristián Saracco, Magnus Sørdal, and Peter Brown, will take participants through to the book launch around 5 p.m.
Notes to editors
Review copies of Brands with a Conscience can be downloaded (after registration) from Netgalley, at https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/82554.
   A high-resolution copy of the cover is available on request.
   Further information on Brands with a Conscience is available from Kogan Page at www.koganpage.com/product/brands-with-a-conscience-9780749475444.
   Other images can be downloaded from jya.net/press/photo.htm.
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About Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.
Contact
Jack Yan
Co-chair, the Medinge Group
T 64 4 387-3213
F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
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March 23, 2016   No Comments