Analysis - Phil Goff's timing, with his decision to print a debatable claim on rates, wasn't the best. "After years of double-digit rate increases for many, we've reduced rates rises to 2.5 percent," the mayor wrote proudly in the November edition of the glossy ratepayer-funded newsletter Our Auckland. That brief nirvana - of a flat percentage rates rise - was shattered yesterday when Auckland Council revealed the impact of its statutory, three-yearly revaluation of properties.
Analysis - If there is a champion for Auckland's hosting of the America's Cup, now would be a good time to step forward, Todd Niall writes. Auckland councillors need to decide in 10 days which of five possible cup village options they will build. The cost is significant, between an estimated $140 million and $190m. So are the benefits.
Analysis - Auckland's mayor Phil Goff seems to be on-track to deliver on his promise to run a more frugal office than his predecessor Len Brown. While lower staff costs are where most of the savings have been made, some of it can be explained by a change in accounting practices, and maybe that simply less is being done. Mr Goff has made his own office the example of "more for less" which he hopes the wider council organisation will follow.
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".