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
Apr 9, 2020

The Bulletin: Quarantine announcement imminent, according to reports

Quarantine announcement expected today for arrivals, John Tamihere accused of test-seeking dishonesty, and Cyclone Harold smashes Pacific.

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The Bulletin
Apr 8, 2020

The Bulletin: We all need to use less water

Dire warnings about water levels, tentative good news on Covid-19 case numbers, and local government struggles for funding.

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The Bulletin
Apr 7, 2020

The Bulletin: Health minister David Clark demoted

Health minister David Clark suffers major demotion, government launches mental health tools, and more outline given on decision to leave lockdown.

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Society
Apr 7, 2020

What is contact tracing and why is it so crucial to escaping Covid-19 lockdown?

To stay out of alert level four, we need 'a giant fire extinguisher'.

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The Bulletin
Apr 6, 2020

The Bulletin: Debate on when to leave the lockdown

Debate over leaving lockdown fires up, how the tax system could change after Covid-19, and concerns as cyclone bears down on Vanuatu.

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The Bulletin
Apr 3, 2020

The Bulletin: Apocalyptic week for New Zealand’s media

Media reels after horror week, Wellington Council facing massive budget crunch, and highest single day of new Covid-19 cases.

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The Bulletin
Apr 2, 2020

The Bulletin: Support needed for those with least

Rising tide of hardship putting strain on services, big wage cuts coming at Fletchers, and fears many hospitality businesses won’t be viable after lockdown.

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The Bulletin
Apr 1, 2020

The Bulletin: Government’s Covid-19 approach faces serious scrutiny

Government approach to testing faces serious scrutiny, second Queenstown nurse tests positive, and PM rejects curfew call.

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Business
Mar 31, 2020

Full scale of damage to Air NZ becoming clear

National carrier Air New Zealand has been shattered by Covid-19, and it will likely be years before it recovers. Alex Braae reports on a sobering letter from the CEO. What's the …

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The Bulletin
Mar 31, 2020

The Bulletin: Nurse tests positive amid wider workforce fears

Queenstown nurse tests positive for Covid-19, more detail emerges on case clusters, and NZers in Australia score moderate victory.

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Media
Mar 30, 2020

Radio Sport off air, closed indefinitely

The Covid-19 crisis in media has claimed New Zealand's last surviving radio station solely dedicated to sport. 

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The Bulletin
Mar 30, 2020

The Bulletin: When are we getting out of lockdown?

Conditions for leaving lockdown explored, nation’s first death from Covid-19 reported, and Australian govt continues to discriminate against NZers.

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Society
Mar 29, 2020

Ohura Medieval Market Day, and the fight to keep a small town standing

How did a small town in the middle of the North Island become an unlikely centre of Medieval Combat sports in New Zealand?

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Covid-19
Mar 27, 2020

How to help, volunteer or donate to the fight against Covid-19

A guide to the practical steps you can take to support your community, starting today.

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The Bulletin
Mar 27, 2020

The Bulletin: Community transmission concerns as cases rise

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Covid case numbers rise again, modelling shows the toll taking no action could have had, and warnings of logistical crunch …

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The Bulletin
Mar 26, 2020

The Bulletin: A question of fairness

Pulling the threads of fairness in a crisis, state of national emergency declared, and case numbers top 200.

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The Bulletin
Mar 25, 2020

The Bulletin: Message to NZers overseas changes – seek shelter, not passage home

MFAT advice to NZers overseas changes, parliamentary scrutiny to continue amid adjournment, and an essential piece to read on the shutdown rules.

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The Bulletin
Mar 24, 2020

The Bulletin: NZ faces future after extraordinary, historic day

We’re going to level four by Wednesday night, Robertson massively expands economic package, and political parties put country above politics.

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The Bulletin
Mar 23, 2020

The Bulletin: Daily life to change with new Covid-19 alert system

How the new alert system will work, dozens of new cases announced over weekend, and a great idea from several Wellington hotels. 

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Politics
Mar 21, 2020

Bureaucracy looms for beneficiaries trying to survive in a Covid-19 world

For beneficiaries and thousands of soon-to-be unemployed, some tough situations are looming.

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The Bulletin
Mar 20, 2020

The Bulletin: New Zealand’s border is now closed

Border closed to all non-NZers with limited exceptions, facing the economic implications of that decision, and new rules on gatherings released.

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Business
Mar 20, 2020

Complex challenge for waste management amid Covid-19 downturn

We're likely to see a big decrease in the amount of waste produced in New Zealand in the coming months.

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The Bulletin
Mar 19, 2020

The Bulletin: Coronavirus suspected in Samoa

Suspected case of Covid-19 in Samoa, MFAT urges NZers overseas to come home, and aviation support package to be announced today.

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The Bulletin
Mar 18, 2020

The Bulletin: School closed after student tests positive for Covid-19, others staying open

Dunedin school to close and clean after positive Covid-19 test, massive economic rescue package announced, and tourists who didn’t self-isolate facing deportation.

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Politics
Mar 17, 2020

Huge $12bn package to fight Covid-19 downturn: what you need to know

The essential details of new spending in the fight against Covid-19 and its economic impact.

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The Bulletin
Mar 17, 2020

The Bulletin: Strong warnings amid Covid-19 gathering guidelines

New guidelines on gatherings and social distancing announced, OCR slashed ahead of fiscal stimulus, and Air NZ facing crushing losses.

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