Category Archives: PRos and PRats

#LearnwithKim .com

The Dotcom saga took two dramatic new twists this week with the emergence of the Megaupload founder as the latest (and strangest?) New Zealand folk hero, and the judgement by Chief High Court judge Helen Winkelmann that search warrants used … Continue reading

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When news just isn’t

Few things are guaranteed to rile me more than the sanctimonious claim by a news outlet (print or broadcast, but it tends to be mainly newspapers) that it’s there “to serve the community”. To “cater to public interest”. Or, even … 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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Apologies abound

Another week, another apology. This time it was the turn of Telecom, with a swift U-turn over its try-hard ‘Abstain for the Game’ campaign. It, of course, followed hard on the heels of the adidas non-apology of the previous week … Continue reading

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adidas drops the ball – big time

Good on Rebel Sport, Briscoes and Whakatane Sportsworld for taking a stance on the rugby jersey price issue. While adidas’ reaction to public outrage over the fleecing of Kiwi rugby fans has been little short of Kafka-esque to date (referring … Continue reading

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Sky letter misses the point

Seriously, who writes this stuff? Earlier this month I received a letter from broadcaster Sky, telling me all about how it has added more channels, “worked hard” to secure the best programming, upgraded a sports channel to High Def and … Continue reading

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Oh crumbs! ‘Cookie Monster’ gets the sack

This was just too good not to stick up here. News.com.au reports that: The former head of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Australia has been sacked as chief executive of a Canadian health service after refusing to stop eating … 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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Snatching delight from the jaws of disappointment

It’s a skill and an art, this PR business. And it’s often found in some of the unlikeliest and most unlovely locations. In my case this week it was in the darkened confines of an optometrist’s vision-testing room. I’ve got … 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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