John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Global Shareholder Yield Fund Announces Results From Special Meeting Of Shareholders

 John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Global Shareholder Yield Fund Announces Results
                     From Special Meeting Of Shareholders

PR Newswire

BOSTON, March 22, 2013

BOSTON, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --John Hancock Tax-Advantaged Global
Shareholder Yield Fund (NYSE: HTY) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund advised by
John Hancock Advisers, LLC, announced today that shareholders voted in favor
of the proposal presented for shareholder approval at the special meeting held
today.

At their special meeting of shareholders, shareholders of the Fund approved a
new subadvisory agreement for the Fund between John Hancock Advisers, LLC and
Analytic Investors, LLC ("Analytic"), which manages the options overlay
strategy for the Fund. As previously announced, it was necessary to approve a
new subadvisory agreement as a result of a change in ownership of Analytic.
The new subadvisory agreement is substantially the same as the prior
subadvisory agreement.

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements as defined by the United States securities laws.
You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking
statements because they are subject to uncertainties and other factors which
are, in some cases, beyond the Fund's control and could cause actual results
to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

An investor should consider a Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and
expenses carefully before investing.

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial, John
Hancock Funds, manages more than $79.8 billion in open-end funds, closed-end
funds, college savings assets, retirement plans and related party assets for
individual and institutional investors at December 31, 2012.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading
Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22
countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada
and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States,
Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial
protection products and wealth management services through its extensive
network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$532 billion (US$535
billion) at December 31, 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
www.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 www.johnhancock.com.



SOURCE John Hancock Funds

Website: http://www.johnhancock.com
Contact: Jay Aronowitz, (617) 663-2702, or Investors, (800) 225-6020