Category: Government Relations

The tipping point

A fascinating thing about the demise of the house safety meth test is how a social phenomenon of many years ended in one day.   In a stroke, the PM’s Chief Scientist Peter Gluckman tore down an incredible and ephemeral practice that had mutated into a form of hysteria. The meth test policy led to Read More …

You can brief the new Minister

A little-known tool organisations can use to influence new Ministers, especially new governments following general elections, is a dedicated briefing paper.   Traditionally, new Ministries and government agencies supply the new Minister with a written briefing paper explaining their portfolio responsibilities, current issues and work-in-progress.   Known as a BIM (Briefing for the Incoming Minister), Read More …

How to deliver public warnings

New research reveals that New Zealand institutions are failing to deliver effective public communication about imminent natural hazards.   Most of us know the story of the boy who cried wolf. In the versions popularized in the 1500s, the tale-telling boy is not believed when a wolf does appear. In some versions of the story Read More …