Ben Stanley

Ben Stanley is an award-winning freelance journalist from Taupo.

Sports
Dec 8, 2018

When a chief dies: the Aaron Hopa story

When Gordonton's Aaron Hopa died in a tragic diving accident off Whangamatā on December 8, 1998, he left a legacy shaped by rugby, whānau, and aroha. Ben Stanley tells the story of the greatest All Black you never knew.

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Media
Jan 2, 2017

Summer reissue: How NZ's Peter Arnett, the world's greatest war correspondent, found peace at last

Fifty years ago, Peter Arnett became the first, and only, New Zealander to win the Pulitzer Prize, for his coverage of the Vietnam War. Ben Stanley met Arnett at his Los Angeles home – and learned about the silent season of our greatest newsman.

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Sports
Jul 5, 2016

There's another 7-foot Kiwi basketball player getting NBA buzz

American college super-coach John Calipari talks to Ben Stanley about the future of Kentucky’s Kiwi basketball recruit Tai Wynyard.

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Sports
Jun 9, 2016

How The Greatest shone a light on civil rights, and how it gave others courage

From Memphis, sports writer Ben Stanley reflects on the enduring social impact of Muhammad Ali, who died last week aged 74.

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Sports
May 27, 2016

Social media Titan: Can Konrad Hurrell turn it around on the Gold Coast?

Given his track record on social media it was only right that we would learn of Konrad Hurrell's new NRL club via Facebook post, writes Ben Stanley. But will the Gold Coast prove boom or bust for the mercurial former Warrior?

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Sports
May 20, 2016

In the locker room with Steven Adams, the NBA’s most normal star

Steven Adams was considered a risky choice when the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him with the 12th pick of the 2013 NBA draft. Now he's a pivotal player in their …

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Media
Mar 22, 2016

How New Zealand’s Peter Arnett, the world’s greatest war correspondent, found peace at last

Fifty years ago, Peter Arnett became the first, and only, New Zealander to win the Pulitzer Prize. Ben Stanley met Arnett at his Los Angeles home – and learned about the silent season of our greatest newsman.

Read on.

Sports
Mar 12, 2016

Russell Packer returns to the NRL – could he scare its next generation straight?

The NRL ought to use players like Packer and Greg Bird as 'What Not To Do' mentors to help young players avoid making the same mistakes they did, writes Ben …

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Sports
Feb 19, 2016

A former All Whites hero ponders the state of the modern game

Simon Elliott orchestrated one of the All Whites' great moments at the 2010 World Cup. He weighs in on today's game and whether NZ Football has squandered its momentum.

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Sports
Dec 9, 2015

Sports: Kiwi Paul Lasike Bears Down on NFL Dream

Once a New Zealand youth rugby star, Paul Lasike always harboured ambitions to play in the NFL. He is now closer than ever, running plays with the Chicago Bears practice squad. Ben Stanley looks at …

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Sports
Dec 4, 2015

Sports: Them’s The Breaks. Ricardo Christie’s No-Luck Season

There are no guarantees on the Pro Surfing Tour as New Zealand's Ricardo Christie found out in his debut WSL season. Heading into the final event of the year, Christie …

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Sports
Nov 24, 2015

Sports: Kane Williamson and the Art of Zen Cricket

Ben Stanley talks to former international cricketers and the Blackcaps sports psychologist in an attempt to find out what makes Kane Williamson so damn good.

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Media
Nov 20, 2015

“I Understood the Terrain of Crisis” – An Interview with Kiwi War Reporting Legend Peter Arnett

Ben Stanley meets with Pulitzer Prize winning Southlander Peter Arnett – arguably the finest war correspondent ever – to talk about journalism and where it's headed.

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Television
Oct 13, 2015

Television: From Rust to Ruins – One Man’s True Detective Pilgrimage

"I stared deep into Rust’s locked room. The lights were off, and the door was bolted shut. Empty. I wasn’t peering into a sobering metaphor for humanity, though. Or, maybe I was."

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