Category Archives: politics

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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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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Just say “no”

Jeepers, Radio New Zealand’s ‘Morning Report’ was a tough listen on Monday this week! It was the first week-day after Labour had polled so badly in the New Zealand 2014 General Election and ‘Morning Report’ presenters Guyon Espiner and Susie … 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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“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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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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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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