Blog Posts - Whanganui-a-tara



Where did all the manual transmissions go?

Above: The gear selector in the BMW i3, as tested in Lucire. See here for the full road test. When I was searching for a car to buy after my previous one was written off in an accident, one no-brainer was that it had to be a manual. It can’t be...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on May 8, 2016

Travel diary (or, a diary that travels)

A photo posted by Jack Yan (@jack.yan) on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:31pm PDT A photo posted by Jack Yan (@jack.yan) on Apr 10, 2016 at 10:37pm PDT   What a fun project! In September, a class in a Québec school set its pupils a travel diary project. The...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 11, 2016

Organizing this planet in the 21st century

As he has done so many other times since we encountered each other in 2001, Simon Anholt has articulated my thoughts on governance and politics much better than I can through his ventures. I think this puts a very good context on why I ran my mayoral...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 2, 2016

How a car accident makes you grateful

The trouble with all the yellow-peril reporting that’s far more prevalent than it should be in Aotearoa is when something happens to you that may get people thinking about a stereotype.    Back in March, of course, we had one writer justi...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on May 4, 2015

Slides and a podcast: my MMBA 505 lecture and Access Granted, episode 45

As promised to the MMBA 505 class at Victoria University of Wellington last night, here are my slides. My thanks to Dr Kala Retna for inviting me along as the guest speaker. To the students: thank you for attending at such a late hour. MBAs are hard...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 22, 2015

Farewell, Manhattan: switching to the Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire TK Cherry MX Brown

The Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire TK, with white case. On Tuesday, my Manhattan keyboard, for which I gave a glowing review on Amazon, gave up the ghost. I’m not entirely sure why but through its lifetime, there were two things wrong with it: the...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 10, 2015

Little Big Man was antiestablishment, as is big man Little: straight talk is what Labour needs

The Hon Andrew Little MP has had a good first week as Leader of the Opposition. Some are saying what a breath of fresh air this straight-shooter is.    He’s been an MP for three years. And in the context of Labour, which has factions...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 28, 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

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

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

Absolutely Positively Wellington’s new logo: where’s the plus side?

The below was written on the 4th inst., the morning of the release of Absolutely Positively Wellington’s “plus sign” logo, and ran on Scoop, where I am told it is one of the most liked for the Wellington section. As it is to do with...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 7, 2013

Let’s improve on the Wellington logo

The city’s new logo—it is not a rebrand if the underlying tenets are the same—has not met with much support.    The next question must be: all right, if we’re all so smart, can we do better?    Ian Apperley and I t...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 7, 2013

Responding to blog comments—and where to from here?

WordPress, with its automatic deactivation of Jetpack after each update, messed up, so I have no metrics for the last two months of this blog. Nor did it send me emails notifying me of your comments. It would have been useful to know how the last cou...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Oct 28, 2013

Mind the gap

People have rightly asked me my positions on transport, the environment, the Basin Reserve flyover, and libraries.    These weren’t put in my manifesto in April 2013 because I expected that candidates (whomever they might be—since only...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Sep 25, 2013

The graffiti issue

One voter says, ‘Hi, when I show people around Wellington I feel really ashamed of how our beautiful city has been covered in graffiti.’ And she is right. So what can we do?    I responded in an email: You are right, and believe...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Sep 25, 2013


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