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Ben Craven

External Relations Manager

Ben is the External Relations Manager for the New Zealand Initiative. He works closely with media and stakeholders to increase awareness of the Initiative’s research and thought leadership.

He has more than a decade of experience working in public relations, communications and campaign management. Before joining the team, Ben worked as a public relations consultant where he advised multinationals, cooperatives, charities and NGOs on how to attain their objectives.

Ben worked for the New Zealand Initiative between 2016 – 2018 as Project Coordinator. He is the co-author of #LocalismNZ: Bringing power to the people.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Communication from Massey University. 

Phone: 022 079 2788


Recent Work


Not so youthful rebellion

Back in 1986 the Beastie Boys released what would become one of their most well-known songs. While (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) captured the imagination of young people, parents, politicians and society at large began hand-wringing about all the partying, drunken antics and teenage rebellion. Read more

Insights Newsletter
27 July, 2018

Sky high regulation

“You New Zealanders don’t know how lucky you are,” said virtually every Australian I met at the recent Friedman Conference in Sydney. New Zealand, they pointed out, had a better tax system with GST across the board rather than at different rates on different products. Read more

Insights Newsletter
1 June, 2018
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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. Read more

Insights Newsletter
18 August, 2017

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