OPINION: I am part of that massive category of New Zealanders - people who met Sir Colin Meads and were blown away by the experience. I met him on three occasions, through my work as a journalist, over a period of nine years. Those three occasions showed that beyond all the rugby milestones that he was great, genuine, funny, helpful and patient person. OCCASION 1: 2002 Colin Meads with his book, Meads, during a visit to Thames in 2002.
OPINION: The Government's announcement that it will spend $12 million on Wainuiomata High School would ordinarily be a time of celebration, but dig a little deeper and what you'll find is a disgrace disguised by dollars. On the face if it, $12m is a significant investment, but look that bit closer and you'll see this money is long overdue, it covers essentials for running a school of 750 students, it won't start for two years, and will probably not be ready until 2020 or 2021.
OPINION: It was one of the worst-kept secrets in New Zealand sport, but it was the right decision to take the sevens away from Wellington and send it north to Hamilton. Once the jewel in the capital's event crown, the sevens had withered away and, in the end suffered a slow and undignified end. From the year 2000 Westpac Stadium was a colourful party central, and tickets were sold out in minutes. It was a golden, boozy era.
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".