Alex Braae

Alex Braae trades sleep for news to compile The Bulletin, which he'd quite like you to sign up for. Email him at alexbraae@thespinoff.co.nz

The Bulletin
Jan 23, 2019

The Bulletin: National draws up battle lines for 2019

National gets year underway with reshuffle and red meat, judge rules union is allowed to be rude during negotiations, and investigation into CHCH crypto hack.

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The Bulletin
Jan 22, 2019

The Bulletin: Despite Auckland cooling, housing still wildly unaffordable

New study lays bare housing unaffordability, a return to the news of a Roast Buster, and inequality continues to widen. 

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Media
Jan 21, 2019

Roast Buster ringleader 'trying to make amends' just started crowdfunding a music career

Joseph Parker appears to be using the spotlight of TV news as a way to promote his music.

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The Bulletin
Jan 21, 2019

The Bulletin: Tough times for seasonal workers

Problems with seasonal work laid bare, expanded CPTPP trade deal becomes more likely, and new swimming safety guideline launched in Auckland. 

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Politics
Jan 9, 2019

Where politicians victimise their own citizens: a dispatch from the US shutdown

The US federal government shutdown is a case of political and economic vandalism, committed by politicians against the people who elected them, writes Alex Braae from the USA.

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Media
Jan 5, 2019

NZ Stuffed and the fake news faultline

A scrap with Facebook over a copycat Stuff page reveals how fine the line is between combating fake news and straight up censorship.

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Sports
Dec 29, 2018

It’s time to remove all umpiring technology from sport

You hate the breaks in play that come with video technology in sport. But what if we got rid of it altogether?

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Media
Dec 25, 2018

Bad news: The journalists who have to work on Christmas day

What's the vibe like in newsrooms on Christmas day? And why can't journalists just take the day off? 

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The Bulletin
Dec 24, 2018

The Bulletin: Where 2019 will take the news

Make Christmas lunch conversation with this guide to where a collection of key news issues are likely to go next year.

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The Bulletin
Dec 21, 2018

The best NZ journalism of 2018, as chosen by you

We have taken the suggestion to put this all in one place.

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The Bulletin
Dec 21, 2018

The Bulletin: Haumaha to keep job despite criticism

Wally Haumaha to keep job despite criticism in IPCA report, state of the immigration system in focus, and quarterly stats show economic slowdown.

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Television
Dec 20, 2018

Vikings recap: Ivar tries to Make Kattegat Great Again

The increasingly hated Ivar revels in fake news, but will his people care?

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The Bulletin
Dec 20, 2018

The Bulletin: Biggest ever boost to minimum wage

Biggest ever boost to minimum wage announced, Gerry Brownlee was well aware spy firm had been hired in CHCH, and Andrew Little talks about Google meeting.

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The Bulletin
Dec 19, 2018

The Bulletin: Chilling inquiry findings into govt-contracted spy firm

Serious fallout from inquiry into government agency use of spy firm, changes announced to migrant worker system, and new developments in Karel Sroubek saga.

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The Bulletin
Dec 18, 2018

The Bulletin: Migrant worker exploitation cases pile up

Exploitation cases of migrant workers pile up, more drama around the delayed census, and Ngāpuhi hapu vote against settlement model.

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The Bulletin
Dec 17, 2018

The Bulletin: Modest goals, modest success at climate talks

Poland climate talks conclude with agreement on rules, ACT accuses conservative campaigners of misleading claims, and a new doco series on life in Queenstown.

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Television
Dec 14, 2018

Vikings recap: In the name of God

If people don't recognise your power, no worries, you can always just appeal to a higher authority.

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The Bulletin
Dec 14, 2018

The Bulletin: Govt’s all things to all people drug reforms

Government pushes in two different directions with drug reforms, nitrogen runoff tool has serious flaws, and finance minister outlines 'wellbeing' budget.

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Society
Dec 13, 2018

Spinoff readers are giving meat-eating the cold shoulder

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, how much meat is the country eating? And is that changing?

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The Bulletin
Dec 13, 2018

The Bulletin: Is Britain about to get a new PM?

British PM a few hours away from vote on her future, government quietly debating compensation for coastal property owners, and Google makes Millane case blunder.

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The Bulletin
Dec 12, 2018

The Bulletin: Hurdles ahead for school second language teaching

Second language in schools bill gets cross party support, overseas investment still thriving, and be on the lookout for scammers posing as the IRD.

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Society
Dec 12, 2018

Legalise (almost all of) it: What Spinoff readers reckon about drugs

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, what do we reckon about drug reform? And what lessons can politicians take from the answers?

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Media
Dec 11, 2018

Shock news: The Spinoff’s readers are extremely online

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, how are we consuming media, and what do we reckon about it?

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The Bulletin
Dec 11, 2018

The Bulletin: Shock, grief as Grace Millane murder-accused goes to court

Man appears in court charged with murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, little progress made on child poverty, and National responds to UN pact critics.

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The Bulletin
Dec 10, 2018

The Bulletin: No Tomorrow for Tomorrow’s Schools?

Major reforms proposed for governance of schools, mediation coming in bid to stave off Air NZ strikes, and announcement likely on ministerial transparency.

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Society
Dec 10, 2018

Data! Opinions! The results of The Spinoff’s major national survey with UMR

Each day this week we'll release a different set of data from our major national survey with UMR.

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