The Media Project was launched in 2011. At the time, Holly was working full time in marketing while hustling on the side, writing freelance for magazines and running an online retail store, and was heavily pregnant! She was being offered freelance marketing work from small to medium businesses needing a bit of help and although it was pretty crazy she knew it was the perfect opportunity to keep her career moving, while being able to stay home with her soon to be arriving babe.

So along with her son, TMP was born! As the business grew, a bunch of Holly’s talented marketing, PR and comms mates joined forces with her to create an epic team of consultants who now work with an exciting and diverse range of great clients and successful companies, vibing off each others talents and clients success.



Holly Jean has experience in advertising and marketing in Australia and New Zealand. She is a natural communicator and networker and is passionate about achieving business growth.

Holly leads a small but epic team of talented copywriters, social media managers, and PR gurus who successfully run The Media Project's client campaigns and projects.

Her love for both getting to know people and crafting a story from it, drives her side hustle as a freelance writer (Read some of Holly’s magazine articles published with Homestyle Magazine, Nadia Magazine, Britomart Magazine, Renovate Magazine, OhBaby Magazine, Weekend Life NZHerald here).  You can read some of her recently published work here.   Holly was a high school teacher in her 20s and fell in love with marketing through an online business she launched in 2007 which led to a career change. She is a mum to two kids and loves the balance of full-time motherhood and running a business.



Jessie hails from the South Island, moving to Auckland to expand her marketing experience and is loving city life and it’s energy and the opportunities it brings.

Jessie is hard working, energetic and driven and has an excellent knack with creating social media content that is on trend, on point and on fleek (or whatever the latest lingo is).

Jessie’s analytical thinking and work ethic has given her success with her work in marketing roles with some of the big guys (Toyota, Air New Zealand), where she has honed her skills in PR, Communications, Marketing and Commerce. Not to mention the start ups she has launched and runs with her fiance, Zac!

In her spare time she is on the Governance Board of St Augustines, is a keen dodgeball and indoor netball player.



Hanna Balemi is a freelance writer and media communicator based in Auckland, NZ. Originally from Texas, a passion for social justice led her to Washington, DC, where she spent seven years in roles requiring high level strategic thinking and strong communications skills for organisations working in international development, angel investment and youth leadership.

Since relocating to NZ in 2014, Hanna has run communications and media for two large non-profit organisations – navigating rebrands, creating marketing and fundraising collateral, and designing successful fundraising events.

Highly intuitive in her writing style, Hanna excels in communicating across a range of fields: ghost-writing for CEO’s, developing punchy social media content for local businesses, and maintaining a blog of essays chronicling her experiences as an expat in NZ.



Laura has worked in arts management in New Zealand and Australia in the GLAM sectors, and written for a variety of arts and culture publications and contemporary art magazines. She has a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne, and has worked as project manager at Australia’s premier sculpture park; McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery in Melbourne, and as Programme Manager at Objectspace, Aotearoa’s leading public galler.

Laura cut her teeth on an introduction to governance in the NZ charity sector with Littlemore Trust, a charity she founded to provide excellent quality baby gear for babies in need in our communities. This included establishing partnerships with not for profits and DHB units, establishing sponsorships and in kind support with local and national businesses, recruiting and training a team of 50+ volunteers, organising comms/social media, and establishing a board of trustees of which she was a Founding Trustee.

Laura is committed to service, social justice, and making art accessible to all. She loves reading, writing, spending time with her three little kids and with artworks, and copious cups of tea.

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Danielle is a passionate marketer with over 12 years’ experience in the fast-paced entertainment industry, with roles at MTV, Nickelodeon, TVNZ and Lightbox. She has also worked with MINI< Southern Cross Health Society and smaller projects with a variety of brands.

Danielle has proven experience in above-the-line and below-the-line comms, consumer and business marketing as well as team leadership. She has extensive experience with digital marketing, PR, soical and copywriting.

Most recently she made the jump from corporate to contracting and freelancing so she can spend time with her young family – baby no.2 is due in April!