OPINION: Like Gerry Brownlee says we should be looking carefully at our readiness to take 150 refugees embroiled in the ugly stand-off on Manus Island. The Government's main reason for offering to take the contingent is –or was – that we are reacting to a humanitarian crisis and at the same time helping out our neighbour caught in a terrible bind with its reputation bleeding like a stuck pig.
OPINION: I was sitting in a motel in Twizel this week which had a good quote from Dr Seuss written in quirky writing on the wall. It said: "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so GET ON YOUR WAY!" I like to think the message is that we all have our individual mountain to climb and we won't get there without making that first step. Some may see it as more aspirational as in following your dreams or reaching for the sky or some such nonsense.
A longstanding car dealer has quit his business over accusations of fraud and misconduct and will help run a new car yard connected to a Destiny-style church. Nigel Thompson, 43, who used to run one of the larger car yards in Christchurch under the name Nigel Thompson Motor Company (NTMC), left the business under a cloud in September. The business ran into financial trouble early last year. In November 2016, former Kiwis coach Frank Endacott and his son Shane bought in, taking a 50 per cent share.
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".