[Auckland, New Zealand] Tourism New Zealand appointed WPP Group's JWT
, Auckland and Assignment, a local strategic consultancy, to handle its estimated $20 million global advertising account. JWT and Assignment competed against three Omnicom Group agencies, Whybin/ TBWA
, Colenso BBDO
Worldwide, as well as Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi
. The incumbent, M&C Saatchi, resigned after winning Tourism Australia's $45 million creative account.