Chanel wins Fair Go Ad Award 2017

Jubilant director Logan Tubman-Wallis in a Richie McCaw pose, hold the 2017 Fair Go Ad award trophy aloft. Behind TVNZ cameraman Peter Day, partly obscured, Chlloe Pullman, Samantha Duthie, Rachel Black, Noah Davies, Amanda Mulligan, Madeleine Bayliss and James Graham

On the 27th of November 2017, Chanel College officially won the Fair Go Kids Ad Awards 2017.

In term 3, I was approached by Mrs Hills and was asked if I wanted to enter the Fair Go Kids Ad Awards competition and I agreed. With three weeks left, I gathered a group of talented actors and crew and created our film. The aim of the competition was to sell something from the seventies and make it cool again and we decided to make a short, 30 second infomercial, trying to bring landlines back into fashion. The whole film was filmed in under an hour and edited in around two hours. We decided to dress everyone in 1970 clothing, edit the footage to look like an old VHS film and we added a cameo appearance of a pet rock named Gerald

The roles were as follows…

Director/Editor: Logan Tubman-Wallis

Crew: James Graham

Cast: Jayden Grey

         Chloe Pullman

         Amanda Mulligan

         Rachel Black

         Noah Davies

         Madeline Bayliss

         Cloē Robinson

         Samantha Duthie

And then we got a visit from Hayden Jones (one of the presenters of fair go) telling us that we had just won! He brought with him $10,000 worth of prizes including a printer, two canon dslr cameras, $2000 cash to go to the school, a smartboard and a projector.


Logan Tubman-Wallis

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Chanel College won a prize package of almost $10,000 when its entry, directed by Year 10 student Logan Tubman Wallis, was announced the winner of the national secondary schools’ category of the annual “Fair GO” ad awards on TV One last night.

Students throughout the country were challenged to ‘make the seventies cool again’ in a thirty second video. Logan Tubman-Wallis directed “Landline,” which starred his fellow Year 10 students Jayden Grey, Chloe Pullman, Rachel Black, Madeleine Bayliss, Noah Davies, Amanda Mulligan, Samantha Duthie, Cloe Robinson and crewman James Graham.

Logan remembers the day well “ I had no idea that Hadyn Jones was coming down to Chanel. Dr Hills hid that really well.  It was a real challenge to get the video completed in such a short time but I had tremendous support from my cast and crew. The whole thing was a fun experience and I would love to do it again.

Most of the students in the video were members of two Intercollegiate Harlequin Theatre Sports teams coached by Chanel College Head of English, Claire Hills. Dr Hills persuaded budding film maker Logan Tubman Wallis to submit an entry taking a light hearted, nostalgic look at telephone communication in the 1970s in comparison with the sophistication of 2017 cell phone technology. Logan wrote the film script, directed the actors, filmed the action, edited the content and submitted the final product.

“Fair Go” presenter Hayden Jones and his camera team of Shane Jones and former St Joseph’s College student Peter Day paid a surprise visit to Chanel on 2 November to present the award. The unsuspecting students were asked to perform theatre sports games before a student audience while ‘a cameraman’ filmed a promotional video for the college.  In the spirit of “Fair Go” both games involved the invention of a new product. In each case the product had a fault which was causing serious issues. Logan was the last actor on stage in the game of Survivor when Hadyn Jones suddenly appeared to announce that Chanel College had won the secondary “Fair Go” ad award for 2017 and to present the excited students with the trophy with the name of the college engraved upon it and the prize package: an Interactive Learning Suite, including SMART kopp 42 and Cannon LV WX300OUST Projector worth $4,500, two Cannon EOS 200D video cameras and camera bags worth $2,778, a PIXMAR Black printer ($249) and a variety of Cannon products plus a $2,000 cheque. This is the first time that this award has been won by a Wairarapa secondary school.  

“Fair Go,” which started in 1977, is one of New Zealand’s longest running and highest rated television programmes with an estimated weekly audience of 400,000 viewers. Every year “Fair Go” holds the annual “Fair Go” ad awards which feature the best and worst advertisements on New Zealand television as judged by the viewing audience as well as the competition to find the best thirty second video in primary, intermediate and secondary schools.


Claire Hills


HOD English, Chanel College

Excited Chanel students celebrate as the prizes just keep coming from Fair Go presenter Hadyn Jones with the interactive screen.
Fair Go programme presenter Haydn Jones interviews Logan Tubman Wallis about the challenges of making the seventies cool again in thirty seconds