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Academic profiling – unwise, unfair, unethical, but common?

- Wayne Linklater Oct 29, 2013

University rankings can be useful. They can also be used inappropriately to discriminate inaccurately and unjustly. Dr. Mark Hauser at Harvard University – consistently amongst the world’s highest ranked universities – was found guilty of scientific miscounduct, fraudulent science in 2012 – an example of why the university a person is employed at is a poor metric of … Read More

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Business standards of sustainability

- Wayne Linklater Sep 25, 2013

Standard & Poor’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has been released. Three large New Zealand companies, apparently, made the list. Auckland International Airport (AIA) Ltd. made it for a second time. Australia-New Zealand Banking Group, a routine member of the index, also celebrated its sustainability achievement – global leader in banking. While ANZ is not a … Read More

Uniquely degraded – the new spin

- Wayne Linklater Aug 27, 2013

The Advertising Standards Authority decision is out. Their Complaints Board decided on 8th August that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ by www.tourismnewzealand.com and www.newzealand.com made no environmental claims but that the environments – scenes and places – featured were only implicated as ‘part of the unique New Zealand visitor experience’. 100% Pure … Read More

Peter’s win-win for New Zealand’s economy and environment

- Wayne Linklater Aug 14, 2013

There is more to Peter’s complaint about ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ advertising than meets the eye. His action has long-term economic, environmental and social ramifications for our nation. His is not just a petty squabble over the semantics of wording in advertising. Peter’s action is a tool for adding value to New Zealand‘s economy and society as … Read More

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Advertising standards in ‘100% Pure’ New Zealand

- Wayne Linklater Aug 13, 2013

Peter Nuttall is back in the ring. His case is being re-heard this week. Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) – defending its 100% Pure New Zealand” branding – claimed it was “not an environmental statement or promise and never has been”. Equally strangely, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) agreed and decided that TNZ made no environmental claims. The … Read More

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Culture of conflict or Society of Solutions – what are we?

- Wayne Linklater Jun 30, 2013

Why has Australian local government, despite the public debate there, found and implemented solutions to the cat-wildlife problem but New Zealand has not? Why has the debate amongst Kiwis become a conflict of extreme views and positions but Aussies with different opinions have achieve consensus? New study Finding out why is the topic of a … Read More

Cat Project – chance to participate closes soon

- Wayne Linklater Jun 27, 2013

As part of a Masters Research thesis we are investigating attitudes towards cat ownership and management in New Zealand and Australia. The study Attitudes towards cats in Australia and New Zealand is being conducted through the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University. We are looking for participants of all kinds to complete the survey. We … Read More

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Better environmental campaigns from Big Data

- Wayne Linklater Jun 19, 2013

The power to understand ourselves and our communities has taken a quantum leap with ‘Big Data’, computing power, and advances in statistics and software. The first to recognise this power were politicians in the world’s most affluent democracy. Obama’s Big Data Win President Barack Obama’s success during the 2010 re-election campaign – the most expensive in history – is … Read More

Cat-erwaul in New Zealand, Australia does better

- Wayne Linklater Jun 14, 2013

They beat us again. The Australians have outperformed and out manoeuvred us. It feels worse this time because they didn’t show us up on the sports field where brute force and ignorance count. They bettered us in the conduct of civil debate, topical and investigative journalism, and good government. Australia might be the ‘lucky country’ not for any good fortune, … Read More

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