eye catching, brain catching marketing




Our concepts have been used across the world. We've had a campaign go viral (for the right reasons), successfully launched many trade and consumer products, helped brands shine, made sales teams proud, broken rules, won awards ... and loved the journey. 


River is an independent, boutique advertising agency – industry jargon for small but good.

We pride ourselves on creating eye-catching, brain-catching marketing campaigns.


We know first-hand the everyday realities marketing departments face – ever increasing sales targets, corporate identity rules, mid year budget surprises, key account demands, head office demands, sales team pressures, key account pressures  etc (see Why Us?).

Your location doesn’t matter.  We are based in Auckland New Zealand, have worked with clients from Australia to Zurich and our concepts have been used in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and the USA.

We think fresh and love a challenge.


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Duncan Robertson

Creative Director

Award winning Creative Director with 40 years’ industry experience.

Duncan honed his skills on global brands such as Apple, Dunlop, Jaguar, Land Rover, Renault, Sika AG, Shell Oil, Sheraton, Unilever and Volvo.

He has held senior leadership roles on both sides of the marketing fence – the advertising agency side and the client coalface - see "Why Us?"'.

Occasionally distracted by trout rivers.

Ruby Mok
Art Director/Designer


Award winning Art Director with 35 years’ industry experience including at FCB, Mojo, Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Ruby’s many strengths include her exceptional creative ability to make River’s work stand out powerfully from the clutter, no matter what the media.  

Valued consultant at Yum Cha lunches.


Helen Cisowski
Graphic Designer

Award winning Graphic Designer with 35 years industry experience including time with Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi.


Helen is vastly experienced in every design discipline from hard edge retail to pure brand.

Her many strengths include serious Photoshop flair, exceptional quality control and a degree in Architecture.





Creative Director Duncan Robertson has held senior management positions on both sides of the marketing fence.   

As Creative Director of River he led the company from a trickle to where it become the creative agency in NZ for Jaguar, Land Rover, Mt Ruapehu, Renault, Sika and Volvo.

Then from March 2013 to March 2020 he was NZ Marketing & Communications Manager for global brand Sika. In this role he led the team responsible for the marketing of multiple (700+) category leading Construction, Trade and DIY products.


Twice in those seven years NZ was named #1Sika company in the world (out of 101 countries). And in each of those years, Sika NZ's sales and net profit increased significantly.

This coalface experience has given him genuine understanding and respect for the commercial realities client marketing teams face every day - "Yes it looks pretty ... but will it work?".