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.

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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.



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Corporate reputation specialist.  More than 10 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.



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News Specialist

As BlacklandPR's News Specialist, John is the link between your business and the newsroom.

A former senior journalist and editor with metropolitan and provincial newspapers in New Zealand and Australia, John has more than two decades experience in journalism and media relations.

With hands-on newsroom experience, including at The Dominion Post, John knows what stories sell and how to get your story the best coverage.

He is also experienced in managing corporate communications, government relations and delivering full media management of events, having worked at the Wellington Phoenix and the New Zealand Racing Board (TAB).


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Account Director

Joss specialises in crisis management, government relations and change communications. He has more than 20 years’ experience in public relations and communications, and has worked for the private sector, government departments and membership and not for profit organisations. This broad experience gives him unique insights into how organisations communicate with their audiences and stakeholders, particularly during times of change or challenge.

Joss’ key roles include being Political Director for the Green Party during the 2017 election campaign, leading the communications for a key phase of Inland Revenue’s Transformation Programme, and managing emergency communications for Fire and Emergency NZ in the first ‘fire season’ following the Port Hills fires.


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PR Aide

Verity is BlacklandPR’s PR Aide, providing key support to many of our client’s core projects. Having recently graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Communication, Verity is full of fresh enthusiasm and modern skill.