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We are Nelson's most established full service PR & Marketing Consultancy

In a nutshell

etc. communications is the most established combined strategic Public Relations (PR) & Marketing Consultancy in Nelson. We provide strategic communications and marketing advice, issues management support, writing services, media relations, social media campaigns, marketing plans and event management for clients based primarily across the Top-of-the-South.

Striving for your success

By designing strategic communications campaigns that align to clients’ business goals etc. communications works towards positive and measurable results for clients. We aim to achieve SMART goals; Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound goals 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. We are proud of our successes on behalf of our clients, and we are also passionate Nelson ambassadors. Out of all the international cities we have lived in, we have chosen to live in Nelson and work for the inspirational community leaders we have right here.

Meet (Some of) Our Team

As well as the fabulous three below, the full team includes professional writers who craft feature stories and blogs for clients.

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Emma Thompson

The Director

Emma Thompson is a communications specialist of 16 years. Emma, a former broadcast journalist and ministerial press secretary, gained extensive PR experience in Wellington and Auckland-based PR agencies before setting up etc. communications ltd in 2004. As an Institute of Directors’ member, Emma is both a Board member and an external Board advisor, helping provide strategic direction, communications and issues management advice. She is also a member of the Public Relations Institute of NZ.

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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 integrating new technologies into communication strategies, Anna keeps updated daily on the latest marketing trends.

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Angela Ricker

Account Manager

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 and growing a non-profit organisation into a US$400,000/year entity. Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree (History) and a Master of Public Administration degree.


Helping you achieve your goals

Strategic Planning

We develop strategic communications plans with SMART goals that strive to help you reach your objectives. With a nod to your three or five year plan, we develop 6-12 month communications plans.  Plans can be solely Public Relations (PR) services or a combination of PR and marketing activities. As well as ongoing plans, we implement issues and crisis management strategies, and run one-off campaigns.

Marketing Implementation

After creating your marketing campaign we can make it come alive for you, from brief to print or digital. We are happy to work with any graphic or web designer you choose, or we can recommend specialists to suit your requirements. We can also write your website copy, customer e-newsletters or any other marketing material you need.

Online Media

If our communications plan identifies a need for an online presence, we will develop a social media strategy for you on any or across all the major online channels including Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Media Relations

With former journalists and current feature writers on the team, we understand what makes a good story. We write media releases, media story ‘pitches’, and help prepare you for media interviews.


We undertake a range of services for clients primarily across the Top-of-the-South, and Wellington

Each client is appointed etc communications team members with the best expertise and personality fit for them and their project. Some of our amazing clients include:

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+64 3 545 6122

+64 21 190 1533

Level 1, 58 Buxton Square, Nelson 7010