Category Archives: credibility

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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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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“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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Firm masters cup cake

Kudos to Core Builders Composites, the Kiwi firm that built Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup-winning boat, for textbook issues management. Instead of retreating behind locked doors when the NZ media came calling they embraced the communication challenge and… well, what … 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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100% Incredible

It’s a slogan. Not a guarantee. The furore over Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure campaign would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. The scale of the investment involved in creating what has to be one of the world’s most … 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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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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