Context - Hardly an attack on Snowden - just pointing out some hypocrisy.
"Bizarrely, it is somehow seen as perfectly all right for Dotcom and his associates to use stolen National Security Agency files to try to prove the Prime Minister a liar on how his Government has administered national security, but not for Key to declassify New Zealand's own files to prove he isn't a liar."
Hebe - have answered this further down
Well that's tough on Deborah if she didn't say that. Shows are a bit spotty with the partisan disclosures but quite easy to remedy.
I took it Deborah was there as a former Labour political insider – not as a PR. That is surely the experience the show’s producers wanted to tap. So, to me that was where the primary disclosure should lie.
I missed the piece where she may have commented on royalties so would have phrased differently if had caught that.
One way through that conflict is to make a personal disclosure in the comments ie' "My day job is for Big Oil .... " or for the show host to cover it off. QA acknowledges Michelle Boag’s political experience not her PR day job.
Craig - I care a lot and if I err, ensure a correction occurs.
I don't recall Luke's beef - but it is interesting that he recollects I did respond to him. This is something I often do as a matter of courtesy.
Sounds like I simply disagreed with his view - he didn't like that.
Luke - You will have to refresh my memory.
By recollection there are few front page stories that I have written in the Herald written by me that would have been accompanied by a graph. Please elucidate.
My own experiences managing sponsorships (in distance past) for an NZ corp - taught me that a very good deal are driven by the private passion of a CEO, or key players on the board, or an influential sponsorship manager who weighs approaches and decides which are worthwhile, will assist local/national interest perspectives and have am upbeat rub-off factor for the company and its people.
And that there is a strong element of public good involved.
Quite often company personnel will get involved with the donation recipients - eg Graeme Dingle's Project K. Good companies recognise they have a broader role than simply stacking the shareholders' shelves.
But what you often find it that "Marketing" usually has to find some way to dress it up so that a "commercial value" can be ascribed to justify the spend.
If you look across the entire NZ spectrum - State energy company sponsoring Opera, NZ Herald owner the Auck Phil - to name just two. Are more power or newspapers sold from these?
Did the NZ Apple & Pear Board sell more apples from its Am Cup sponsorship? I doubt it.
The fundamental point is that very few such initiatives get off the ground - or continue to survive - without corporate backing.
Well Sacha and Recordi - Would you have rather seen NZ corporates not get behind Am Cup, World Cup etc? Of course they use such events for branding - but I would suspect the commercial return is only one part of it. Getting to see NZ succeed on the world stage is another - and Blake and Kirk did just that with the Am Cup and World Rugby Cup. Lion wasn't the only corporate involved in such endeavours - but it did play a leading part.
Idiot - Get over it. I've written plenty of hard-hitting commercial stuff over the years - but that does not stop me admiring the fact that Lion did succeed in Aust in a big way and believing that the honour shd have been accorded years ago. Sir Roger Bhatnagar? FFS!
Frankly -the first par of the NZH story was from an editor's direction. I did not write it - it was inserted at the start of the story.
I have written one column where I remarked (2007) on the fact that Myers did not have a knighthood - hardly contrues a "keeps reminding us" claim.
THere was also plenty more including controversy over Myers/Lion Nathan issue which did not make final story including his acknowledgement of Lion's ongoing success post Myers' period.
But you and your posters surely can't take from the man - the Lion's sponsorships of Peter Blake's Steinlarger, America's Cup, first Rugby World Cup etc. Or on his own bat: Helping John Hood with the fund-raising drive for Auck Uni Business School, sponsoring students to Cambridge University and Matauri Bay students?
I admire Brian Gaynor but I think it is fatuous to say Myers missed out on XXX by not staying in Lion.
Bankrolling Gnarls Buckley's Crazy (not sure if it was the entire St Elsewhere CD), smart-metering and other technology investments would obviously have swelled his earnings since getting out of Lion.
It is possible that through astute investment he would have made more?
Russell: Hhmn we could go on all day - I'm sure there will be lots of lessons in these privatisations and renationalisations for years to come.