Motion Sickness


Motion Sickness was founded in 2013 in a Dunedin student flat. The days were cold and the nights were hard to remember, but along the way something good happened. Now based in Auckland, New Zealand, we’ve built a world-class reputation on hard work and fresh ideas.

Our Story

Creative Strategy


Integrated Campaigns

Campaign Execution

Brand Communications

Social Media Strategy

Social Media Management

Media Buying

Content Production

TV Commercial Production



“The team at Motion Sickness have been amazing to work with. They really understand the changing landscape of how people consume brands and advertising, they’ve been true professionals to work with”

Nick Mowbray - Co-Founder ZURU Edge & Zuru Toy Company

“They just get it. They deeply understand the essence of our brand and effortlessly translate it into imagery.”

Maggie Marilyn Hewitt - Maggie Marilyn

“The quality of work from Motion Sickness is simply top-notch.”

Phillip Mills - Executive Director Les Mills International

“They challenge the status quo, are forward thinkers, and a key extension to our tight business.”

Mark Neal - Co-Founder Rogue Society Distiling Co.

Creative Director / Founder

Sam Stuchbury

The head honcho of the pack, Sam honed his leadership skills as a motivational speaker and recreational hypnotist in Liverpool during the mid 1980's. Suffering from a very rare disorder, Sam is one of the few cases of 'Benjamin Button Syndrome' documented in the real world. He is 104 years old. Hobbies include Creative, Content Marketing, and 19th Century Russian cinema.

Partner / Digital Head

Alex McManus

The head of the Social Media Department, this selfie king loves getting 'likes'. He has a newsfeed tattooed on his back. Macca once dreamed of being a lawyer, but gave that up when he realised that 'Law & Order SVU' isn't based on a true story. Also passionate about analytics and statistics, Macca presents an annual seminar entitled ‘Microsoft Excel & The Modern Man; I’ll Spread Your Sheet’.

Partner / Strategy Head

Hilary Ngan Kee

Hilary’s career in Social Media began when she uploaded a video to YouTube of her tabby cat attempting to use a straw to drink his milk. The video went viral, turning Hilary and Mr. Fluffles into overnight stars. Hilary has now turned her attention to the other side of social media, claiming it is ‘more sustainable’. Mr Fluffles is still chasing stardom, but has never been able to achieve the same notoriety that the straw once brought him.

Associate Creative Director

Jordan Stent

Specializing in portraiture, Jordan began his photography career as the local photographer for the Takapuna Mall Santa display. Unfortunately, this only provided a couple of months of work per year, so while passionate about the gig, he eventually had to leave the elf costume behind, and diversify. Jordan has since become a valued creative at Motion Sickness, focusing more on Social Media & content, and less on trying to capture Santa’s good side.


Joseph McAlpine

Before the days of Motion Sickness, Joseph “I’ve got a guy for that” McAlpine cut his teeth on the ‘off off Broadway’ scene in New York City. Initially cast as ‘Rum Tum Tugger’, he departed the set of Cats after their first matinee performance, with a formal statement released simply stating “allergies”. Now Producer at Motion Sickness, Joseph is the human equivalent of Google Sheets. No matter the obscure request, he’ll always respond the same; “Give me 3 hours.”

Art Director / Strategist

Anna Maxwell

Anna “Paint on my MacBook keys” Maxwell is equal parts artist, creative and social media strategist. In a recent unpublished interview with Brush Stroke Weekly magazine, she explained “sometimes, the timeline is my canvas [sic]“. She went on to describe her social media work as “textural expressionism, with a peppering of surreality”. In digital marketing circles, Anna is known as the ‘Salvador Dali of Sponsored Posts’.

Senior Creative Strategist

Lucy Brock

For the past 65 years, Senior Creative Strategist Lucy has maintained a brutal morning routine. Each day she squat jumps from Auckland’s North Shore to the Bombays, heelys to the Viaduct, races the 7.45am ferry back to Devonport, before paddleboarding her way up to Milford, and cycling back in to work. However weekends feature no training, instead you’re likely to find her on the back 9 at Waitemata Golf Club, maintaining a steady pace of one tumeric-shot-per-hole.



A student of the great Swami Sivananda, Rocky is an empowered marketer by-day, and an enlightened guru by-night. His presence is always felt around the office, with co-workers explaining “I dunno, he just kinda glows”. Rocky leads daily yoga sessions in the boardroom at lunch time. His favourite pose is downward dog.

Senior Editor

Jolin Lee

Senior Editor at Motion Sickness, Jolin’s spare time is spent building her profile as Auckland’s leading (only) breeder of Long-tailed Chinchillas. Jolin ‘keeper of data’ Lee is now an integral member of the content and video department, crafting complex visual narratives, while simultaneously penning her second self-published novel “My Chinchillas & Me”. Her first novel, ‘I’m in love with my Chinchilla ’, sold a total of 7 copies, and is still available on Amazon as an e-book to this day.

Creative / Production Assistant

Emma Orchard

At age 5, Emma made her way from Santa Barbara to Dunedin as a stowaway on a cargo ship, nestled in between crates of twix and tamari almonds. Upon arrival in New Zealand, she was graciously taken in by the Shadbolt family, and honed her creative skills by working across a multitude of Mayoral campaigns in the Invercargill constituency. When Motion Sickness asked for a reference, Tim merely chuckled, and whispered “good on ya mate”.

Social Strategist

Harry Dalton

More of an enigma than social media specialist. If you want to chat social strategy with Harry he only talks in acronyms - CPC, CPM, TOFU, BOFU, POOPOO. Harry’s last known address is ‘South of the Bombays’. In charge of the Pokeno Chapter of the Flat Earth Society, Harry has his hands full. Meeting every Tuesday evening at the local RSA, he fires up an OHP (that’s ‘overhead projector’ - loves an acronym) and rattles through one of his many worldy theories in front of the assembled group.

Les Mills
Stirling Sports
New Zealand Government
Zuru Edge
Stolen Rum
Z Energy
Maggie Marilyn
Department of Internal Affairs
Kiwi Bank
Glow Lab
NZ Avocado
NZ on Air
Stolen Girlfriends Club
SILO Theatre
Campaign Boutique Agency 2020
Campaign Production Company 2020
Epica Gold 2020
Campaign Awards
Campaign Awards
Epica Silver 2020
Forbes 30 under 30
Social Media Awards
Best Awards Bronze
Best Award Gold
Best Award Bronze
Best Award Silver
Berlin Commercial Award
Berlin Commercial Award
YDA Gold Award - Best Use of Humour