Final Ben Craven

Ben Craven

Project Coordinator

Ben is the New Zealand Initiative’s Project Coordinator. Before joining the New Zealand Initiative, Ben worked in campaigns management for an NGO. He has previously worked in the public sector, and as a researcher in Parliament. Ben holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication from Massey University.

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: ben.craven@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

ParliamentBeehive

Government for beginners

They say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But you sure can teach new dogs some old tricks.With its 31 members, the new Government is the biggest administration New Zealand has ever had. It is also one of the most junior. Only five Ministers have previous government experience.But does this have to be a problem? Hardly, for two reasons. First, there are a few old warhorses in the Cabinet. Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
27 October, 2017
fish netting

Of fables and fish

When Aesop told the fable of the Four Oxen and the Lion, and uttered the famous phrase “United we stand, divided we fall,” I doubt he was thinking about the plight of recreational fishers. But, as with any good fable, this lesson nevertheless holds true. As part of the Initiative’s research into recreational fishing, we are holding twelve public meetings across the country. We want to hear what locals in these communities think of our draft policy recommendations, and learn... Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
18 August, 2017
soda

Free to booze

I leaned at the bench, feeling exhausted. Looking around, I could tell they were all feeling much the same. None of it mattered though. We were stoked.Now, this was not the aftermath of a rigorous gym session or sporting endeavour. Rather, our Crate Day had come to an end.The first Saturday of December, Crate Day, has become a celebration of sun, summer, and crate beer. Bogans throughout the country ushered in the final month of the year by sharing a... Read more

Ben Craven
Insights Newsletter
9 December, 2016

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