Spark’s new campaign via Colenso BBDO encourages Kiwis to give a gift that unleashes potential this Christmas


This Christmas Spark is inspiring Aotearoa to give a gift that shines a light on their talent with the help of technology by ‘giving a gift that unleashes theirs.’ The new campaign was developed by Colenso BBDO.


Handpicked to lead this initiative in Spark’s Christmas campaign is Reuben Moffett, a student at Mt Albert Grammar School and an aspiring dancer, chosen for his remarkable talents and his heart-warming dedication to the local dance community.

Reuben, who trains for 20 hours per week across four dancing disciplines, auditioned for the role along with nearly 300 other dancers ranging in age from ten to seventeen from Kaitaia to Invercargill. As well as his incredible talent for and dedication to dance, Reuben stood out for his touching commitment to his community. Just last year, at age 12, Reuben created a dance scholarship for families struggling to pay for dance classes, raising over $2,000 in a single fundraiser concert.

New Zealanders will be introduced to Reuben this year in Spark’s 2023 Christmas commercial, where Reuben sets aside his shy disposition and comes to life in an amazing dance sequence, unleashing his gift for dance with the help of technology – the Samsung Galaxy buds he received on Christmas morning.

Says Reuben: “I’ve been dancing since I was three years old, and it really has become a part of who I am. I’m so excited to be part of Spark’s Christmas campaign and encourage more kids to follow their dreams. I know I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to take regular dance classes and now to be part of this campaign with Spark, and I hope we can inspire more people to do more of what they love.”

Says Matt Bain, director of marketing and data, Spark: “We know that the right piece of technology can play a pivotal role in unleashing our potential, whether it’s a set of ear buds for an up-and-coming dancer or a tablet and e-pencil for an artist. Whatever their talent, this Christmas we wanted to encourage New Zealanders to think about what gifts their loved ones might be hiding away and how you can use this Christmas, with the help of technology, to bring those gifts to life.

“For our Christmas campaign this year, we wanted to support someone who was taking a chance on what mattered most to them and demonstrate how technology can help them to unleash their potential. Seeing how Reuben’s passion for dance comes to life through technology is what our guiding kaupapa of ‘Hello Tomorrow’ is all about.”

Says Si Vicars, chief creative officer, Colenso BBDO: “The greatest gift you can give at Christmas is one that emboldens or awakens a passion in someone. That’s why socks are so disappointing. We’re excited to take this idea to New Zealand, and to give Reuben the stage he deserves.”

All comms are underpinned by the campaign platform ‘Give a gift that unleashes theirs,’ showcasing the wide range of talents that can be nurtured through the right tech gift from Spark. The campaign will run through November and December across AV, OOH, social, and digital media.

Client: Spark
Ryan Drew: Acquisition Chapter Lead
James Henson: Brand Partner
Derek Ireland: Customer Tribe Lead
Leanne Ho: Acquisition Marketer

Agency: Colenso BBDO

Media Agency: PHD

Creative Services Agency: Proximity New Zealand

Production Company: Rabbit
Director: Madeline Clayton
Producer: Katrina Maw
EP/Founder: Lucas Jenner
EP/Managing Partner: Alex Hay
Director of Photography: Maria Ines Manchego
Production Designer: Guy Treadgold
Stylist: Karen Inderbitzen Waller
Choreographer: Aloalii Tapu
1st AD: Katie Hutchinson
Casting Director: Adrian Dentice
Editor: Simon Price
Colourist: Matic Prusnik
Post House: Blockhead FX
Sound Composer: Mahuia
Sound Engineer: Stefaan van Leuven at Franklin Road Music & Sound