Category Archives: crisis communication

Crisis communication shapes reputations in Hawke’s Bay water calamity

District and Regional Councils at the eye of the storm around the recent contamination of a New Zealand town’s water supply have come under fire for the timeliness and effectiveness of their communication around this issue – now widely acknowledged to … Continue reading

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Supermarket beats sick elderly gent. Then patronises the hell out of him

A case study in how not to manage an issue, enhance your reputation or communicate effectively in a crisis unfolded in Harare, Zimbabwe, this week. Details have gone viral and the story is sparking interest around the world thanks largely … Continue reading

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Facebook: for when things go ‘glug’

Just three weeks ago this country’s only oil refinery, Refining NZ, accepted our long-standing recommendations around establishing a presence on social media. The rationale; to engage more effectively with the local community and to give the company a channel through … Continue reading

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A geek, a Claims Manager and a PR man walk into a bar…

Two business trends are merging like ocean currents to create a rip-curl of opportunity for those of us prepared to grab our boards and go surfing. The first is the recognition by insurers, underwriters and loss adjusters that effective communication … Continue reading

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Countdown. Good, but where’s the mongrel?

Countdown needed to come out fighting. The limp written statement from the Australian owned supermarket giant in response to Labour MP Shane Jones’ stinging claims, made under Parliamentary Privilege, was never going to cut it. So finally this afternoon they … Continue reading

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Jilted at dawn

Aah – the trials and tribulations of a flashy media lifestyle. There I was. All set up and ready to chat with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB this morning about the Len Brown train-smash. They’d called me from out of … 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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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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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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