DDB Aotearoa

Our business is to grow yours.

We grow our clients’ businesses by giving brands an Emotional Advantage™.

Knowing that people make decision based on emotions, and understanding the core human drivers, allows us to create these emotional connections at scale, with mass audiences, to deliver results at scale.

Meet the Senior Exec team.

Our People

Priya Patel
Priya Patel Group CEO
Liz Knox
Liz Knox Managing Director – Production Services
Nikki McKelvie
Nikki McKelvie Managing Partner
Karen Sew Hoy
Karen Sew Hoy Human Resources Director
Rupert Price
Rupert Price Chief Strategy Officer
Paul McHugh
Paul McHugh Chief Financial Officer
Gary Steele
Gary Steele Executive Creative Director
Claudia Macdonald
Claudia Macdonald Managing Director - Mango
Robert Limb
Robert Limb CEO - TRACK Australia & New Zealand
Andy Bell
Andy Bell Managing Director - TRACK
Sean Brown
Sean Brown General Manager - Mango
James Blair
James Blair Managing Partner, Tribal

Love the work

Recent Awards

It goes without saying, yet we’ll say it anyway, 2020 was hard. We saw social gatherings and international travel vanish from our lives, so of course industry awards were hosted virtually. Although, despite the adversity, DDB Aotearoa still managed to add a swathe of accolades to our ever-growing list. We were named NZ's Digital Agency of the Year, NZ & AU Social Media Agency of the Year, and Best PR Agency in NZ by Campaign Asia-Pacific

Not to mention being awarded the prestigious Agency of the Year by Axis, Effie’s, and AWARD. And to top it all off, one of our most successful campaigns, Lotto “LO5T”, was awarded a Wood Pencil at D&AD. You’ll find the coveted pencil strategically stationed on Damon’s desk, right in the middle of the creative department.

And in 2021, we aren’t slowing down. Already, DDB Aotearoa has been named Spikes Asia Agency of the Year, thanks in no small part to “Sperm Positive” winning the Grand Prix for Good. We’re particularly proud of this one, for not just growing businesses, but making hugely influential change in the lives of those who need it most. And, right afterwards, Axis awarded us Agency of the Year for a second year in a row. How’s that for momentum?


Effie Awards
Campaign Asia Pacific
A Award
The Mashies
The One Show
The Webby Awards

DDB Group

DDB is part of DDB Worldwide, an Omnicom company.

We have offices in Sydney and Melbourne and are part of the DDB Group, which is also made up of TRACK, Tribal, DDB Remedy and Mango.