Cranston Homes' trade creditors are owed more than $1m. / File photo. A construction company run by a former Master Builders Association president has failed owing creditors about $1.5 million. Auckland-based Cranston Homes has multiple House of the Year awards but hit financial difficulty after a string of leaky build claims and last December asked creditors to accept only half of what they were owed. The firm, run by director Blair Cranston, was put into voluntary liquidation last Friday.
Paul Bublitz sits in the High Court at Auckland during the opening morning of the trial against him and three colleagues from finance companies Viaduct Capital and Mutual Finance. Photo / Greg Bowker. The amount of information prosecutors provided late to the defendants in the now-aborted Viaduct Capital and Mutual Finance trial appears "unprecedented in New Zealand", a High Court judge says.
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Investors have been in the dark for too long over what many chief executives of our listed companies are paid. Unlike in Australia, these shareholders have been left to play guesswork about how much the person largely responsible for their investment is earning. You might ask: what business is it of investors (and by extension the market and wider public) how much a CEO earns?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".