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

Politics
May 15, 2021

How New Zealand's employment laws changed forever, 30 years ago today

On May 15 1991 the Employment Contracts Act became law, and the world of work was never the same again.

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The Bulletin
May 14, 2021

The Bulletin: Fears of mid-year vaccine shortage

Fears of mid-year vaccine shortage, new report shows child poverty indicators not improving, and SFO charges laid over donation to Labour.

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The Bulletin
May 13, 2021
Former PM Helen Clark was a co-author of a major new report into how Covid-19 became a pandemic (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, Getty Images)

The Bulletin: Pandemic could have been prevented, international panel finds

International panel finds pandemic could have been prevented, big pre-budget boost for ECE teachers, and nurses may vote to strike.

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The Bulletin
May 12, 2021

The Bulletin: Unions win concessions on public servant pay

Unions win concessions on public servant pay, new and horrific allegations made at Royal Commission, and auditor-general urges wage subsidy breach prosecutions.

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The Bulletin
May 11, 2021

The Bulletin: Bystanders praised after Dunedin stabbing attack

Bystanders praised after Dunedin stabbing attack, 500 managed isolation spots a fortnight to be opened, and East Coast endures harsh drought.

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The Bulletin
May 10, 2021

The Bulletin: Scottish independence moves a step closer

Scottish independence moves a step closer, government revives plan for Fair Pay Agreements, and children in Oranga Tamariki care being strip-searched.

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The Bulletin
May 7, 2021

The Bulletin: Health system stretched to capacity

Health system stretched to capacity, travel paused to New South Wales, and feedback on the public sector pay freeze.

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The Bulletin
May 6, 2021

Furious feedback: Bulletin readers respond to public sector wage freeze

We asked public service workers what they thought about the shock pay freeze announcement. This is what they told us.

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The Bulletin
May 6, 2021

The Bulletin: Shock and anger at public sector pay freeze

Shock and anger at public sector pay freeze, Ardern reprimands but doesn’t sack speaker Mallard, and unemployment rate stays persistently low.

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The Bulletin
May 5, 2021

The Bulletin: Sāmoa heading back to the polls

Sāmoa heading back to the polls, extraordinary evening in parliament discussing Mallard accusations, and a new government implementation unit to be set up.

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The Bulletin
May 4, 2021

The Bulletin: Do Cook Islanders want the bubble?

Travel bubble not universally popular in the Cook Islands, vaccine rollout failing with rural doctors, and assessing Ardern’s latest comments on China.

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Science
May 3, 2021

How the weird slimy thing that makes kombucha could help clean up NZ’s rivers

New research has revealed the power kombucha's active ingredient can have on drastically reducing E coli levels in dairy effluent.

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The Bulletin
May 3, 2021

The Bulletin: How serious are trans-Tasman bubble wobbles?

Assessing the latest trans-Tasman bubble incidents, NZ High Commission in India caught up in domestic politics, and Judith Collins continues to bang the drum on race.

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The Bulletin
Apr 30, 2021

The Bulletin: New Zealanders facing hard road out of India

NZers facing hard road to get out of India, mould returning to Wellington flats for winter, and analysis of Judith Collins opening up the Brash playbook.

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The Bulletin
Apr 29, 2021

The Bulletin: Massive NZ Rugby buy-in going to Golden Point

Massive NZ Rugby buy-in to be voted on today, research finds modern slavery embedded in import supply chains, and Māori Party referred to SFO.

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The Bulletin
Apr 28, 2021

The Bulletin: Continued failure on emergency motel housing

Continued failure on emergency motel housing, analysing the upcoming review of local government, and prisoner rehabilitation rates fall.

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Politics
Apr 28, 2021

A night of free speech with David Seymour

Act leader David Seymour is currently touring the country to build opposition to proposed hate speech law changes.

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The Bulletin
Apr 27, 2021

The Bulletin: Abuse in state care commission told to cut back

Abuse in state care commission told to cut back, ECE centres closing at unusually high rates, and decision on Western Australia travel today.

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The Bulletin
Apr 23, 2021

The Bulletin: India’s Covid situation and the travel ban decision

India's Covid situation and the travel ban decision, lockout hit for striking Wellington bus drivers, and Australian PM to visit NZ.

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Sports
Apr 23, 2021

Rating the best trans-Tasman sporting rivalries 

The bitterest battles, from the Silver Ferns vs the Diamonds to the Warriors vs the refs.

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The Bulletin
Apr 22, 2021

The Bulletin: Who inflation is hitting hardest

Latest round of consumer price index stats come out, sweeping health system reforms announced, and Wellington Council still weirdly tense.

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Politics
Apr 21, 2021

Massive health sector overhaul explained

District health boards will be abolished, and a new Māori Health Authority established, in a set of sweeping health system reforms just announced.

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The Bulletin
Apr 21, 2021

The Bulletin: Transmission Gully puts unrealistic PPPs on notice

Transmission Gully puts unrealistic PPPs on notice, new Covid case in the community, and major health reform announcements coming this morning.

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The Bulletin
Apr 20, 2021

The Bulletin: Mahuta moves away from Five Eyes in major speech

Mahuta moves away from Five Eyes in major speech, new research shows raised risk of Alpine fault quake, and trans-Tasman bubble opens on emotional day.

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The Bulletin
Apr 19, 2021

The Bulletin: Risks and benefits loom as trans-Tasman bubble opens

Risks and benefits loom as trans-Tasman bubble opens, government signs big deal with Amazon, and cabinet paper produced on hate speech law change proposals.

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Politics
Apr 17, 2021

Wellington’s nearly man on why he lost and the state of the council today

Yes, one-term mayor Justin Lester thinks he'd be doing a better job.

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