A fraud complaint against a prominent Christchurch car dealer has been lodged with police. A Stuff investigation last year revealed Nigel Thompson, 43, quit his business Nigel Thompson Motor Company (NTMC), over accusations of fraud and misconduct in September. It is understood the new owners have since laid a complaint with police, alleging Thompson defrauded them of several hundred thousand dollars.
OPINION: I bought a new suit the other day. The suit got its first outing this week at my Uncle Theo's funeral. He died, aged 90, surrounded by his family last Friday. The funeral was in many ways typical of his no-frills approach to life. A lifelong if not especially devout Catholic, his mass was a simple requiem affair with a few hymns, a few prayers and readings, and, on his strict instructions, no eulogies.
OPINION: I'm sick of hearing about the road toll. Every year, it's the same. The graphic images, the worthy media campaigns, the statistics and the comparisons. The talk about the cost to the country and the semi-obituaries for the deceased. The completely obvious and banal advice from well meaning authorities and the endless debate about whether it's our roads, our cars or speed or whatever. The worst thing about the monotonous pontificating is that it doesn't seem to make much difference.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".