Category Archives: government

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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“You guys”? Choice, bro

My heart went out to him. There he was – a North American with a smart suit and tie and a Powerpoint presentation (from 1’45” in the video here), trying to make nice at a Northland hui where establishing some … 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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“Apartheid” message misses the mark

Every now and then local government throws up a political race that’s far more meaningful, far more entertaining to watch than the national version. That’s happening right now in New Zealand’s Northland. If you’re not from New Zealand, or if … Continue reading

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Political game changer? The ‘B word’ enters the fray

In the cut and thrust of politics – and the accompanying drive to galvanise support and isolate opponents – any number of unacceptable ‘isms’ are flung about in the hope that some of the more damning semantic baggage might stick. … 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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A patriotic probe?

Most rallying cries revolve around some spontaneous heartfelt outburst or, by contrast, carefully chosen prose. For either to be effective it must capture the imagination and establish a connection with the cause. So where does “don’t touch my junk!” stand in the epoch-making … Continue reading

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Collins and Co need a fresh approach

NZ Police and their Minister Judith Collins have now had a peek of the international press pack in action and they don’t like it. They won’t be able to change it, though. Unless of course they want to go the way of … 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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