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8 September 2016 | 1 min read


Being purposefully vague is an oft-used political tactic.

A detail-light approach can be used to bide time, mask a disagreement or test public opinion, and it is often used to great effect by our elected leaders and candidates for political office.

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2 September 2016 | 2:15 min read


What do you do more of — listen or talk? And when you are listening, do you hear what the other person is saying or do you hear what you want to hear to inform your next response?

25 August 2016 | 1:45 min read


Last year, SenateSHJ’s Government Relations team was invited to contribute a chapter to Public Affairs: A Global Perspective*, an academic work comparing approaches to public affairs around the world.

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25 August 2016 | 2 min read


Two recent high-profile scandals, leaving those at the centre out-of-pocket and with their reputations in tatters, have reinforced the keystone of good crisis management: tell the truth, tell it all, tell it fast.

19 August 2016 | 1:45min read


There, I’ve said it. I’m starting to feel better already

Not that it is an unusual addiction, mind you. In a recent witty Washington Post article, one writer describes rising on his first perfect Paris vacation morning, café and croissants exactement how he likes them, only to first compulsively fire up the laptop to read what Trump said overnight.

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17 August 2016 | 1:45min read


What can today’s organisations learn from a Renaissance cardinal about innovative communications? Quite a lot, it seems.

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19 July 2016 | 35 sec read


Last week the Auckland team received a beautiful gift from Wesley Primary School students to say thank you for being their Duffy Books Sponsor.   

18 July 2016 | 2 min read


It guides us in everything we do. From the clients we work with, the causes we fight for, the relationships we develop and even those we choose to end: professional integrity is an important part of defining who we are. In the world of communications, where we help people tell their stories, our individual beliefs are more important than you might think.

12 July 2016 | 2:30 min read


We bring you the sixth edition of recommended reading from the SenateSHJ team. Because we believe one should always have something sensational to read on the train* and elsewhere. 

Who are all these Trump supporters? George Saunders

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1 July 2016 | 1:20 min read


Wellington Senior Client Director Marg Joiner pays tribute to all the retiring public servants and reflects on the importance of including officials in your government relations planning.