About us

BlacklandPR is contemporary in every sense of the word. Founded in 2012, we focus our extensive knowledge and experience in public communication into the modern art of persuasive conversation with real people. 

BlacklandPR is an affiliate agency of Ogilvy PR Australia. 

Mark Blackham                   

Director

Expert in human communication behaviour.  Mark has a distinguished political experience and has provided advice to executives and boards on winning over audiences using social media, direct communications, traditional channels, and government relations.

25 years ago, Mark was working in Hamilton when his media talents were spotted by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and later Prime Minister, Mike Moore. Mark worked for Mike as press secretary, speech writer, and then leader of the Labour media unit. In 1996 he Joined Logos Porter Novelli as a government relations expert with flair for communicating tough subjects in ways people understood.  In 2003 he co-founded Senate, and helped grow it over nine years into a trans-Tasman communication consultancy

 

mark@blacklandpr.com

+64 21 891 042

 

Nick Gowland                   

Director

Corporate reputation specialist.  More than 15 years in the business managing the reputations of public and private sector clients through succinct strategy and message development, effective media relations, and issues management techniques. 

Nick’s talents were first honed in the Beehive, where he advised a number of Ministers under the Helen Clark government on media relations and policy development for the education, labour, immigration, and commerce portfolios.  Since 2007, he has held senior external communications posts for some of the biggest corporate brands in New Zealand and the UK including Telecom NZ, the TAB and London’s Tube Lines, one of the largest Public Private Partnerships in the world.  He has extensive experience across a range of industry sectors and a proven ability for understanding the reputation needs of clients.

 

nick@blacklandpr.com

+64 21 599 883

 

Verity McRae                   

PR Consultant

Verity joined BlacklandPR 2017 while completing a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University.

Three years on, Verity has shown skills of a much older head and has successfully  launched organisations into the New Zealand market, managed highly prestigious media campaigns and hosted international dignitaries.

Her specialties cover events, social media and stakeholder management.

 

verity@blacklandpr.com

+64 22 699 8872

 

Ben Craven                   

PR Consultant

Experienced campaign organiser and communicator. With almost a decade of communications and public relations experience behind him, Ben has provided strategies and advice to thought leaders, campaign groups and the public sector.

Ben’s career started in Parliament, where he provided communications advice and crafted speeches for Rt Hon Winston Peters. Interest in electoral strategies and public policy communication led him to take up roles with campaign groups and think tanks, where he developed public engagement and mobilisation plans to achieve legislative change.

Most recently, Ben worked for the Department of Internal Affairs. There he developed and implemented the communications strategy for a large enterprise-wide change project and was called upon to provide crisis communication support following the Christchurch terrorist attack.

 

ben@blacklandpr.com

+64 22 079 2788

 

Dylan Lee                   

PR Aide

Dylan is BlacklandPR’s PR Aide, providing supplementary support to many of our client’s core projects.

Although newly taught in PR, Dylan has shown experienced insight in the management of government relations and stakeholder engagement. 

After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Communication, Dylan worked for Select Committee Services in the Office of the Clerk at Parliament where he developed knowledge of Parliamentary policy and procedure.

 

dylan@blacklandpr.com

+64 21 081 66173