Nelson’s most established full service PR & Marketing Consultancy

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Nelson Tasman’s most established full-service PR & Marketing Consultancy

Our philosophy

In a nutshell...

etc. communications is Nelson Tasman’s most experienced full service public relations (PR), marketing and design agency, comprised of a team of seven, with specialist contractors providing additional support. Unique in the top of the South Island, we have a team offering strategic advice and implementation services within the areas of public relations; corporate communications, internal communications, stakeholder and government relations, community engagement, media relations, crisis communications, issues management and copy writing. Our agency also provides brand development and management services, B2C and B2B offline and online marketing, graphic design, web development, and social media strategy and implementation.

Striving for your success

By designing strategic communications campaigns that align to our clients’ business goals etc. communications works towards positive and measurable results for clients. We aim to achieve SMARTER goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goals that we Evaluate and Readjust so clients can measure the value of their campaigns.

Professional passion

We love what we do! Not a day goes by when we are not thinking about opportunities for clients, and we are proud of our successes on behalf of our clients. We are also passionate Nelson Tasman ambassadors - out of all the international cities we have lived in, or were born in, we have chosen Nelson Tasman as our home, supporting the extraordinary community leaders we have right here.


Meet your team of experts

Professional diversity rings true for our team; a group of professionals who have worked in-house or for international agencies before landing here at etc. communications. Contributing to the community, some team members also provide strategic expertise in governance or business mentoring roles in Nelson Tasman.

We bring to our work a taste of where we are all from. We have a couple of Americans, a born and bred Nelsonian, two Wellingtonians who love sport, a Wellingtonian who knows nothing about sport, and an Otago-born Cantabrian. Different perspectives and views on life, but shared values, make for a pretty fun workplace.

We’ve lived in Auckland or abroad but have chosen Nelson Tasman as our home – a place where our ordinary is extraordinary to everyone else.

If you are interested in working at etc. communications, please contact Emma on

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Emma Thompson, Director

Emma is a communications specialist of 17 years having gained broad experience as a journalist, a ministerial press secretary and in Wellington and Auckland-based PR agencies before establishing etc. communications in Nelson 12 years ago.

Emma has managed the brand development, marketing strategy and PR for many of Nelson’s sector leaders. As an Institute of Directors’ member, Emma is both an independent director on a number of boards and an external board advisor, helping provide strategic direction, communications and issues advice.

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Angela Ricker, Account Director

Angela joined etc. communications in July 2014 after serving as the Communications Manager and media spokesperson at the Nelson City Council and as the region’s Public Information Manager for Civil Defence. One of her signature accomplishments in Nelson was being wholly responsible for managing communications for the region’s successful hosting of Rugby World Cup 2011.

Prior to moving to Nelson, Angela had 10 years management and communications experience from the USA, including founding a non-profit organisation.

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Andy Clover, Creative Director

Andy has extensive experience in branding, graphic design and marketing with a career spanning over 25 years. He enjoys working closely with companies to help them achieve their brand and business goals, utilising his love of ideas and flair for conceptualisation to take strategy, creative and content and bring it all to life. Andy’s advanced skills in language, communication and business writing bring real value to his clients’ marketing and advertising copy.

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Anna Bill, Account Manager

Anna joined etc. communications in August 2014. Having previously worked in the United Kingdom as a marketing manager after gaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Marketing and Management), Anna’s most recent role was the Marketing Coordinator at NMIT. With a thirst for strategic planning and integrating SMARTER new technologies that work, Anna keeps updated daily on the latest marketing trends while digging into analytics and consumer behaviours to create informed strategies.

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Annabel Kemplen, Account Manager

Annabel is a senior communications professional with a background in journalism and more than 12 years in PR, working for both public and private sector clients. Experience includes senior PR roles for Auckland City Council, Fairfax Media, Auckland DHB, and ANZ. Before joining etc. communications, she worked for Nelson City Council, managing communications for the Nelson Arts Festival and raising awareness for the Council’s award-winning Project Maitai/Mahitahi and its multi-million dollar biodiversity project Nelson Nature.

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Noel Young, Developer and Designer

Noel has a background in illustration and graphic design, having earned a BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2006. For the past several years, he has also worked in UI/UX design and web development. Noel joined etc. communications in May 2017, and here he is able to apply these disciplines while broadening his knowledge of marketing and social media.

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Rebecca Hopkins, Consultant

Rebecca provides professional consultation and support to the marketing and public relations activities for clients. She has extensive experience in a variety of event management, executive assistant and advisory roles, both in the public and private sector, including with an internationally renowned PR agency. Prior to joining etc. communications, Rebecca was co-director of a small local company and voluntary teacher aide at her children's school. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology.

External collaborators

In addition to our in-house team, we work with a few of the best consultants from the Nelson Tasman region. This allows us to tailor our skills to meet your needs and achieve your goals in the most effective way possible.

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Chris Chisnall

Chris is a graphic designer with over 20 years experience in his craft. Chris has worked with ETC Communications on a large number of projects from political campaigns, retail and corporate communications to brand creation.

Prior to working as a freelance designer, Chris worked for a number of Wellington design agencies, including Clemenger BBDO, DNA Design and Red Cactus. His work experience covers a wide range of design work, printed collateral, digital solutions and campaign communications for corporate and government clients, including The National Bank, New Zealand Transport Agency, Griffins/ETA, Unilever, New Zealand Transport Agency and Lotteries NZ.

Chris possesses a highly attuned aesthetic judgment which he puts to work on projects across multi-design mediums including brand and identity systems, print, websites, packaging and typography.