Category Archives: pressure groups

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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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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We didn’t have the ‘green’ thing back then!

I was sent this the other day. One of those round-robin email jobbies. I enjoyed it so much, though, that I thought I’d share it here: “At the supermarket checkout the young cashier suggested to the older customer that she … 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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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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Shooting the Messenger – the Free Tibet Campaign gets it spectacularly wrong

The Free Tibet Campaign’s recent threat to agitate against any PR consultancy that chooses to work for the Chinese government was a PR own-goal, and arguably not its only one this year. By threatening to bring to bear the wrath … Continue reading

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