Month: July 2016

The tether that once bound urban and rural New Zealand has come loose. Urbanisation has disconnected us. Some people even contemplate a country without rural industries.   I don’t.  I am convinced we need to rebind urban and rural New Zealand for the better of our economic and cultural future.   We need to build…

It was revealed that the Wellington Rugby Football Union faked a video depicting an uncover “sting” operation by Hurricane players of sideline abuse at junior rugby.   BlacklandPR commented on the issue because parents and players were depicted unfairly and inaccurately, it deceived the public in the interests of a “good cause”, and because a…

Complaints from vegan activists about “secret” animal ingredients are becoming a regular part of media diet.   Earlier this year complaints and a news story frightened Z Energy into stopping use of a feather-based pastry conditioner in vegan pies (fair enough), and reviewing its use in meat pies (what?).   This week people promoting their…

We’ve got a lot of time for the response of ex-All Black Troy Flavell when media asked him about his guilty plea and conviction for driving over the alcohol limit.   Flavell owned the situation: he refused to apply for name suppression. He said the community needed to see him take responsibility for his actions….

OJI Fibre Solutions could not have imagined that its business recycling cardboard would be in the public spotlight for a week. But it was, when a body was found in cardboard bales on the premises.   There was no controversy about the company’s involvement, but as so often happens, the attention spooked the company into…