John Hancock Launches New International Growth Equity Fund

          John Hancock Launches New International Growth Equity Fund

Firm expands international equity choices with adoption of Turner Investments'
fund

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Jan. 14, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Funds has completed the
adoption of the Turner International Growth Fund and has launched it as the
newly established John Hancock International Growth Equity Fund (A-Share
Ticker: JTIGX; I-Share Ticker: JTIIX). The reorganization became effective
after the close of business on January 11, 2013, and the John Hancock
International Growth Equity Fund is now available for sale to retail investors
through their financial advisors.

"The addition of our International Growth Equity Fund expands the range of
international equity fund offerings we can offer advisors and their clients,"
said Andrew G. Arnott, President & CEO, John Hancock Funds. "With its growth
orientation, it is a further complement to our product line, which also
includes our International Value Equity Fund (JIEAX), sub-advised by John
Hancock Asset Management, and our International Core Fund (GIDEX), sub-advised
by GMO. Turner pursues a bottom-up strategy that blends quantitative and
qualitative analysis to find growth companies with superior earnings
prospects, reasonable valuations, and favorable trading-volume and price
patterns. Adopting this new fund further supports our strategy of offering
mutual fund investors access to institutional expertise and products that
would not otherwise be available to them."

He added: "The John Hancock International Growth Equity Fund marks our 13^th
fund adoption since 2002. Fund adoptions have played a key role in recent
years in our growth strategy, and will continue to be important for us going
forward."

The John Hancock International Growth Equity Fund is an actively managed
portfolio of approximately60 – 80 international growth equity stocks with
capitalizations generally greater than $2 billion. The Fund's investment
objective is long-term capital appreciation. The Fund isdesigned to add
value through superior stock selection, based on the output of extensive,
industry-focused fundamental research. The goal of the investment process is
to identify candidates for investment that are growth companies with
above-average earnings prospects.

Mark Turner, President and Co-Founder of Turner Investments and Senior
Portfolio Manager/Security Analyst for the firm, is the portfolio manager of
the John Hancock International Growth Equity Fund. He has managed the Fund
since inception in January of 2007 and has more than 30 years of investment
experience. Mr. Turner co-founded Turner Investments in 1990.

As of December 31, 2012, the net assets of the Fund were $32.5 million.

About Turner Investments
Based in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Turner Investments manages growth,
global/international, and alternative separately managed accounts and mutual
funds. As of September 30, 2012, Turner has $11.6 billion in total net assets.

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial, John
Hancock Funds manages more than $77.8 billion in open-end funds, closed-end
funds, private accounts, college savings and retirement plans, and related
party assets for individual and institutional investors as at September 30,
2012. 

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading
Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and
Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers
clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management
services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution
partners. Assets under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries
were C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30, 2012. Manulife
Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under
'945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at
manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

SOURCE John Hancock Funds

Website: http://www.jhfunds.com
Contact: Beth McGoldrick, +1-617-663-4751, bmcgoldrick@jhancock.com