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Cognito 22 February 2016

Multi sunt vocati, pauci vero electi *

America’s primary season kicked off this month with several caucuses in the lead-up to “Super Tuesday” on March 1, when nominations from around a quarter of all states are up for grabs.


10 February 2016

Partner Craig Badings on why we should all wise up to the power of thought leadership. 

Five years ago I conducted one-on-one research with the top six Australian law firms on their views of thought leadership and how they were using it.

Most were grappling with it and the reasons ranged across: 


People have moved on from manufactured performances and slick brands, writes SenateSHJ Chief Executive Neil Green. In 2016, we will seek real stories from real people. He shares the Australasian communications consultancy’s annual top ten predictions for the issues and trends that will shape the year ahead. 

17 December 2015

Auckland partner Julien Leys argues that clear communications, which cut through the complexity of climate change issues, will help unlock the benefits of the Paris agreement. 

The recent Conference of Parties (COP 21 – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) that met in Paris to reach an agreement to stabilise climate change has been the most meaningful progress to date by the governments of the world.


15 December 2015

Neil Green, SenateSHJ’s Chief Executive, reflects on the company’s predictions for 2015 – and discovers that our search for heroes and hope was both dashed and kindled throughout the year.

3 December 2015

Time and again we see the PR problems created by an information vacuum, as with the recent detainee issue in Australia and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Both cases illustrate what happens when those in charge fail to shape the narrative, and tell the story clearly and concisely having regard to how the issue could be perceived by onlookers.

2 December 2015

The great thing about human nature, says SenateSHJ partner Robert Mannion, is that you can never quite pin it down.

30 November 2015

AUT student, part-time skateboarder and qualified barista Tessa Donovan has been named the SenateSHJ Prize Intern for 2015.

The SenateSHJ Prize, now in its twelfth year, awards the best projects by communications and public relations students at Unitec, Victoria University, AUT and Massey University. 

20 November 2015

Through her membership of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, SenateSHJ Client Director Marg Joiner has been selected to take part in the Track II dialogue today between New Zealand and Seoul-based think tank The Asan Institute for Policy Studies.


12 November 2015

When Tony Blair and Gordon Brown ushered in the era of New Labour nearly 20 years ago, the UK bought into the promise of a new type of politics. Less adversarial, closer to the people – it sounded good and even the media cheered them on, bored and fed up with a discredited Tory Party.