Category Archives: corporate communication

Credibility missing in Northland mining debate

Last week I helped judge the Lions Young Ambassador Award hosted by the Opononi and Districts Lions Club. I was struck by the speech made by Samanatha Scahill, a 17-year old student at Kerikeri High School. This young lady, who … Continue reading

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Mum, media luvvies over-react after boy, 12, not hit by car

‘Mum asked to pay up after son, 12, hit by car’ was New Zealand’s weightiest story yesterday, the headline screaming out from the front page of the NZ Herald. It wasn’t the biggest news du jour, of course – but … Continue reading

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“Enjoy your lunch”: Pope Francis shows CEOs how it’s done

It seems the Vatican has a media rock star on its hands. Pope Francis is, from the earliest moments of his Papacy, displaying communication skills the Catholic Church has long been in dire need of. His early teachings extend way … Continue reading

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The Hot Seat; now a harder sell

Last night New Zealand television current affairs programme host John Campbell told viewers that increasing numbers of organisational spokesmen were declining to be interviewed on his programme (from 7’10” in this clip). This was the second time I’d heard that … Continue reading

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Don’t write off the good guys, Bernard

Bernard Hickey is building a new media model in New Zealand. Called journalism.org.nz, its approach is described as ‘public interest journalism funded by the public’ Read more about it here. It sounds fascinating. I was disturbed by the disparaging references … Continue reading

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That’s just a PR embargo

   Embargoes! Ever a thorny topic. It’s no longer a tussle between print and broadcast as to who breaks the news first. For some time now the battle has been between online news sites – regardless of who operates them or which form … Continue reading

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It’s not about the numbers. It just isn’t.

Beware smooth-talking ‘social media consultants’ who promise online fame and glory by pointing to tens of thousands of people following them on Twitter, or hundreds and hundreds of ‘likes’ on their Facebook pages. For, to mangle the old proverb involving … Continue reading

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We didn’t have the ‘green’ thing back then!

I was sent this the other day. One of those round-robin email jobbies. I enjoyed it so much, though, that I thought I’d share it here: “At the supermarket checkout the young cashier suggested to the older customer that she … Continue reading

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There’s a creaking and a rumbling up north

Real plans to expand an oil refinery and an electricity network. Realised plans to turn Whangarei into this country’s first fully UFB-enabled city. Ambitious plans to create a $125 million data centre. Rumoured plans to lobby for a deepwater port … Continue reading

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Ports of Auckland: high-stakes bid for Hearts and Minds

As the long-running Ports of Auckland labour dispute becomes ever-more intractable, and escalates at a mesmerising pace, the myriad ‘points of view’ from an ever-expanding cast are increasingly difficult to keep a handle on. Little wonder, then, that the New … Continue reading

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