"Public relations is essentially about developing and maintaining structured communications with stakeholders important to a business or organisation's operational and financial performance so they continue to support the business in their own ways."
This means there remain numerous opportunities for an array of spokespersons to cut their teeth on this issue in its many and varied forms from intensification to urban sprawl, rich versus poor, and young versus old.
I respect that getting a foot on the home ownership ladder is a huge challenge for many. This should not excuse the growing chorus of complaints that the current housing crisis is somehow the fault of those of more mature years. Never mind the decline in actual house building over so many years and instability created by the global recession.
In retrospect, you can only conclude that some people are sorry that New Zealand has not suffered the same economic fate as the USA, Ireland, Greece and Italy, which would surely have knocked the top off house prices. It is all the government’s fault for not grossly mis-managing the economy.
We are hearing colourful statements from commentators, such as: "Young New Zealanders, essentially hollowed out, have left the country because they couldn’t afford to buy a house”. On top of this, there are some with an unswerving sense of entitlement when it comes to where they should be able to live. Statements like: "Young people deserve a chance of living in a safe, warm house close to where they work, not being dependent on a car. That’s all we are asking for. We are asking for housing choices around the region that suit our needs.”
Come to think of it, I think we deserve a house in Herne Bay with a bus stop outside, a beach front bach on Waiheke and two overseas holidays a year. Is anyone listening?
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Get with it, Mr Cunliffe, porkies are fine (21 November 2012)
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Communication support for families in need (5 July 2012)
Descending to the depths of meanness (21 June 2012)
No thanks Minister (18 June 2012)
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Exposés and rebuttals – are we any the wiser? (30 May 2012)
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Another Kiwi world champion (2 May 2012)
An abuse of power (27 April 2012)
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The perplexing topic of food pricing (15 July 2010)
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