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
Jun 5, 2020

The Bulletin: Winners and losers from sport's spending spree

Millions of dollars divvied up by Sport NZ, MSD’s problem with wrongly denied payments grows, and internal coalition battles emerge in time for election.

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Politics
Jun 5, 2020

Should we get more than five days' sick leave a year?

The union movement launched a push earlier this week to double the legal minimum of sick leave from five days a year to 10. Is a change likely?

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The Bulletin
Jun 4, 2020

The Bulletin: Normality beckons at level one

Decision coming soon on move to level one, housing market in a weird place, and manslaughter charges laid against officers after custody death

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The Bulletin
Jun 3, 2020

The Bulletin: Apprenticeships to be free, skills shortages targeted

Significant new support announced for trainees and apprenticeships, more level one detail coming, and long-delayed changes made to ETS.

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Politics
Jun 2, 2020

Trump just threatened to deploy the US military against Americans. Is he serious?

In a dramatic escalation of rhetoric, the US president has threatened to send thousands of 'heavily armed soldiers' into the streets.

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The Bulletin
Jun 2, 2020

The Bulletin: US police violence and New Zealand protests

Thousands of NZers join solidarity protests, increasing questions about alert level move, and Muller pushes hiring bonus policy.

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Politics
May 29, 2020

Here’s how much public money each party will get for the election

Labour and National are each getting more than a million bucks for their ad campaigns.

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The Bulletin
May 29, 2020

The Bulletin: Farmers fairly comfortable, ecologists angered by freshwater rules

Mixed views on freshwater rules, pay equity settlement for teacher aides, and concerns raised about new internet filtering proposal.

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Politics
May 28, 2020

Te Mana O te Wai: What’s in the government’s new freshwater cleanup package?

The government has just announced a whole lot of new rules and policies for freshwater. Here's what you need to know.

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The Bulletin
May 28, 2020

The Bulletin: The sad farce of Kiwibuild is back

Kiwibuild buyers left facing years of delays, calls for relaxation of alert levels and travel, and new details emerge in NZ First Foundation saga

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The Bulletin
May 27, 2020

The Bulletin: Political divisions rage as election looms

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Political divisions rage as election looms, economic forecasts considered too optimistic, and travel routes start to move again. They had all …

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Business
May 26, 2020

Sold for a buck: Why Stuff and other huge businesses change hands for $1

When Stuff’s parent company Nine sold up in a management buyout, the sale price for the whole business was $1.

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The Bulletin
May 26, 2020

The Bulletin: Criticism over new ‘two-tier’ welfare payments

Criticism over new 'two-tier' welfare payments, National announces reshuffle, and a day of differing fortunes in the media world.

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Politics
May 26, 2020

How Muller-mentum could change the political landscape

National has a new leader, and it could upend parts of the political map that previously looked much more stable.

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The Bulletin
May 25, 2020

The Bulletin: After winning brutal coup, Muller’s National looks ahead

Muller settles into National leadership after brutal coup, government issues concern over Hong Kong, and parties reveal election candidates.

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Politics
May 22, 2020

Here’s what you need to know about new National leader Todd Muller

Simon Bridges is no longer National Party leader. So who is this Muller chap it's got in to replace him?

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The Bulletin
May 22, 2020

The Bulletin: High noon showdown for National

Showdown today for the leadership of National, climate change commissioner lashes budget failings, and Fonterra picks up earnings amid uncertainty.

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The Bulletin
May 21, 2020

The Bulletin: Who has the numbers in National?

Coup definitely on in the National party, government has had enough of the Epidemic Response Committee, and two worryingly large sets of job losses indicated.

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Business
May 20, 2020

What you need to know about the government’s new contact tracing app

You can now download the government's official contact tracing app, which they've released to aid in the fight against Covid-19.

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The Bulletin
May 20, 2020

The Bulletin: Bridges on the brink

Rumblings grow of a coup against Bridges, police dogs being set on people in mental distress, and government’s contact tracing app ready early.

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The Bulletin
May 19, 2020

The Bulletin: A poll that means nothing and everything

Dramatic swing to Labour in latest poll, funding package to incentivise ECE teachers to get qualified, and diplomatic ground shifts at World Health Organisation.

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The Bulletin
May 18, 2020

The Bulletin: Religious groups struggle with level two limits

Religious groups struggle with level two limits, many more kids going back to school today, and further cellphone tower attacks over the weekend.

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The Bulletin
May 15, 2020

The Bulletin: Wrapping Robertson’s rainy day budget

How the budget has been received, Auckland light rail on hold, and more media merger shenanigans.

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The Bulletin
May 14, 2020

The Bulletin: A day of concern about police overreach

A day of concern about police overreach, budget to be announced today, and rules on tangi changed after pressure.

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The Bulletin
May 13, 2020

The Bulletin: What kind of budget will we get?

Previewing the budget we’ll get tomorrow, tangihanga rules further clarified, and Peters doesn’t believe Taiwan war of words will harm China relationship.

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Politics
May 13, 2020

The minor parties on how they would have responded to the Covid-19 crisis

We've heard what Jacinda and Simon have to say, so what about these folks?

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