Category Archives: economy

Could balance of NZ political power hang on a single word?

It’s always risky to call an election result in advance. So I’m going to resist the temptation. But, barring an extraordinary infusion of yet more pork, I find it hard to imagine how National are going to win Northland at the … Continue reading

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#Election2014: Of twitter, bad publicity and the north

It’s been an eye-poppingly strange election campaign. It’s had huge implications for public relations in New Zealand, mainly because of the cash for coverage and dirty politics scandals which engulfed the blogging landscape. Things aren’t ever going to be the … Continue reading

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The Trouble with ‘Toxic’

This was published as a guest column in Fairfax titles Northern News and The Bay Chronicle this week: The mining debate is being hijacked by an emotive and misleading slogan, argues Peter Heath of business communication firm Due North. Words … Continue reading

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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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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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The perils of a good rorting

Greed is never a good look. Unless, of course, you subscribe to the Gordon Gekko view of life. But there is, I’ll concede, a very fine line between greed and – what shall we call it? – ‘maximising revenue’. This … Continue reading

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There’s something happening here

And if you’re old enough to remember the song, you’ll recall the next line is:  “What it is ain’t exactly clear.” I was asked by a colleague yesterday to explain the American political system.  How it’s structured, who is seeking election … Continue reading

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“Why do they hate us?”

Enjoyed an interesting blog-based discussion with an industry colleague this week – he fears the current recession may be accelerating consumer intolerance, causing a rise in business-bashing and an undue media focus on relatively trivial stories. He points to coverage … Continue reading

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