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Autocade hits 5,000,000 views: what are its most read and least searched?

With Autocade exceeding the 5,000,000 page view milestone (it’s on 5·12 million), I thought it might be fun to look at a few of the models on the site: the most popular, the least loved, and the first on the site.    Looking at the s...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Oct 17, 2014

About Labour, I was nearly on the money in May

In May, I wrote (in the wake of the Oravida scandal): The problem with all of this is: where’s Labour, in the midst of the greatest gift an opposition has been given for years?    One friend of a friend noted that maybe Labour shouldn’t...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Sep 20, 2014

Conservatives: ‘The Chinese’ are coming! It’s the yellow peril!

We hear from certain parties that proclaim that they want one law for all New Zealanders, yet they’ll resort to targeting ethnic minorities anyway. A few weeks ago, Winston Peters had his ‘two Wongs’ joke, easily dismissed as being...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 30, 2014

When the parties uploaded their opening statements to their YouTube accounts

This is when each political party uploaded their opening broadcasts to their official YouTube accounts. Ideally, they should have gone up on Saturday night, when they were broadcast on television, as that was when those of us online were hunting for...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 26, 2014

‘Planet Key’ is good old-fashioned Kiwi satire

Fed up with the Electoral Commission barring Darren Watson from expressing his valid view with his satirical song ‘Planet Key’, I made a spoken-word version of it for my Tumblr a week ago, with copyright clearance over the lyrics. I wrote...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 23, 2014

I thought political division got you nowhere in New Zealand

A week and a half ago, I appeared on Back Benches to talk about Winston Peters MP’s “two Wongs” joke, and confined my comments to that.    My response, ‘There are still people who enjoy watching Rolf Harris, just as there are still...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 22, 2014

The 2014 General Election: the impressions the parties have left, so far

A Kiwi friend, based in Australia, and I were discussing the General Election yesterday on the phone.    First, I told her, you wouldn’t know one was on. It’s like Christmas when the global financial crisis hit: people weren’t in the...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 5, 2014

A familiar call after two mayoral campaigns on Wellington’s knowledge economy

The latest Victoria University study, expressing that there is a shortage of creative people, sounds very familiar.    Dr Richard Norman highlights in a Fairfax Press editorial that knowledge economy companies are ‘struggling to capitalis...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jul 31, 2014

The flyover: every option now heard

Embarcadero Waterfront, photographed by Ricardo Martins/CC BY 2.0.   I was consistent about the Basin Reserve flyover in my campaign. Yes, I agreed we needed improvements to the area. But no, spending millions on it—it did not matter whether i...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jul 22, 2014

Creating real value, and that’s not what Facebook and Twitter do

My forced Facebook sabbatical came to an end in the late morning. So what did I think of it all?    One of my Tweets last night was: ‘I hope [it is temporary], though I have found people out for 7–12 days now. Now it’s Monday I hope t...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 17, 2014

I might not have Facebook, but I do speak Ebonics

Forty-nine hours and counting, which makes it the beginning of day three without Facebook.    I didn’t really need it yesterday, so there’s something to be said about habits breaking after a couple of days. However, for work, I...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 16, 2014

This government’s comedy of errors lately—and few to capitalize on them

Polity has gone through the MFAT OIA documents relating to Judith Collins’s visit to China, where she met with Oravida thrice.    I’ve been reading them but out of order (the second bunch only) and their summary of what I have r...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on May 7, 2014

Why I ran

In two elections, I told people some blarney on why I decided to run.    In 2010: ‘I was working at Lew’s Diner and this guy had been picked on. I told him, “Stand tall, boy, show some respect for yourself. Do you think I’m going to...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 24, 2014

Entrevista-Nómada: ‘He vivido y trabajado en Australia y Nueva Zelanda. Ahora me voy a Canadá‘, David Moran

David Moran es un chico español-venezolano que ha pasados varios años viviendo y trabajando en Australia y Nueva Zelanda. En Australia estuvo con un visado de estudiante que te permite trabajar, mientras que en Nueva Zelanda obtuvo la Working Holid...
by Mundo-Nómada.com on Mar 6, 2014

Entrevista-Nómada: ‘He vivido y trabajado en Australia y Nueva Zelanda. Ahora me voy a Canadá‘, David Moran

David Moran es un chico español-venezolano que ha pasados varios años viviendo y trabajando en Australia y Nueva Zelanda. En Australia estuvo con un visado de estudiante que te permite trabajar, mientras que en Nueva Zelanda obtuvo la Working Holid...
by Mundo-Nómada.com on Mar 6, 2014

This week it’s the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models; what’s next for our destination marketing?

In Lucire’s publication history, more Americans than New Zealanders have read from the title. Online, that was always the case, as we started off in 1997 with a 70 per cent US readership, which has dropped to around 42 per cent with other countries...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Feb 9, 2014

The Rongotai years

This came up today at Victoria University where an old client of ours asked about my 2013 campaign. I remembered there was something about education that I wanted to address at the time.    One of the stranger emails during 2013 came from a...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Feb 5, 2014

Four ingredients of leadership

I was asked by my Alma Mater, Victoria University of Wellington, to give a 90-minute lecture on leadership last week to students visiting New Zealand from Peking University and the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. (My half-serious suggestion...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jan 26, 2014

Open the shop and strip away the jargon

I’ve been reading this Grauniad interview with Rory Stewart, MP, referred by Jordan McCluskey. I’m told that Stewart, and Labour’s Frank Field are the two worth listening to these days in British politics. On Stewart, someone who ca...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jan 4, 2014

Steve Guttenberg shows us how a Kiwi accent is done

Back in September, The Dominion Post claimed on its front page that I have an ‘accent’ that is holding me back. It was a statement which the editor-in-chief subsequently apologized for, and which she had removed from the online edition—...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 27, 2013


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