This week saw a nation divided. While there were no protests in the streets, snarky comments were rife. It was not uncommon to hear people mumble disparaging remarks under their breath. And all the usual suspects were well and truly on the bandwagon. Social media was in a stir as we have all come to expect around this time of year. And talkback hosts and news anchors reported about events with gusto. Read more
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.
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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
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
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