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
Oct 22, 2020

A tale of two minor parties: Lessons for 2023 for TOP and the New Conservatives

Both spent their campaigns pushing issues they believed weren't getting enough attention – and both polled at about 1.5%.

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The Bulletin
Oct 22, 2020

The Bulletin: Everyone's got an opinion for the Greens

Questions over how Greens should approach Labour relationship, Auckland pub patrons told to self-isolate, and highly leveraged investors send house prices higher.

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The Bulletin
Oct 21, 2020

The Bulletin: Climate change already happening, says new report

New report shows climate change already affecting New Zealand, new crop of managed isolation Covid cases, and National leader and ousted electorate MPs all staying on.

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The Bulletin
Oct 20, 2020

The Bulletin: System springs into action on Port Covid case

System springs into action on Port Covid case, Labour opens up initial talks with Greens, and New Zealand travellers creating headaches for Aussie states.

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Politics
Oct 19, 2020

12 giant questions still to be answered now the election is over

We know Jacinda Ardern will be the PM, but what else needs to get sorted out in the coming weeks?

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The Bulletin
Oct 19, 2020

The Bulletin: Celebrations and recriminations coming at caucus meetings

Wildly different caucus meetings loom for National and Labour, new case of community transmission announced, and anger mounts over wage subsidy piss-taking.

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The Bulletin
Oct 18, 2020

Bulletin Election Special: Ardern supreme after crushing Labour win

You'll probably have heard by now, but the country is waking up this morning to a crushing Labour victory.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2020

Who’s in, who’s out? Seats to watch in tonight’s election

Within the wider MMP contest for the party votes, results in individual seats could be telling.

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The Bulletin
Oct 16, 2020

The Bulletin: All over bar the counting?

Pre-election poll shows massive lead for Labour, Advance NZ kicked off Facebook, and new developments in NZ First Foundation saga.

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The Bulletin
Oct 15, 2020

The Bulletin: Campaign grinds to the finish line

Campaign grinds to the finish line, claims about overseas donations to NZ Public Party account, and scandal uncovered over single use plastic dumping.

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Politics
Oct 14, 2020

Internal Green poll suggests cannabis vote will go to the wire

An internal Green Party poll suggests that advance voters are more likely to oppose cannabis legalisation.

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The Bulletin
Oct 14, 2020

The Bulletin: NZ government adds voice in global encryption fight

NZ government adds voice in global encryption fight, a whole bunch of election stuff happens, and more than half the country believes house prices must fall.

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Politics
Oct 14, 2020

Predictions: Where every party will rank in the 2020 election

We all know who’s going to come in 1st and 2nd place in the election. But what about 11th or 12th?

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The Bulletin
Oct 13, 2020

The Bulletin: Major purchase agreement in race for Covid-19 vaccine

Major purchase agreement in race for Covid-19 vaccine, compelling documentary on Billy TK Jr, and small town teens speak out about difficulty of getting drivers license.

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The Bulletin
Oct 12, 2020

The Bulletin: Advance voting surges ahead of final week

Advance voting surges ahead of final week, poll shows John Tamihere in with a chance at Tāmaki Makaurau, and insights into modern drug smuggling revealed.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2020
The Bulletin
Oct 9, 2020

The Bulletin: Minor parties push for scarce positions

Minor parties push for positions, Gisborne beneficiary advocates raise alarm on emergency housing, and name suppression continues for NZ First Foundation accused.

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Politics
Oct 9, 2020

What happens to a West Coast without tourists?

The loss of international tourism has hit the West Coast hard, amid population decline and a wider battle to keep jobs in the area. Alex Braae spent several days driving down the coast to cover the election.

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The Bulletin
Oct 8, 2020

The Bulletin: Labour puts little new in climate policy

Labour puts little new in climate policy, community cases once again down to zero, and Collins has a bad day out in Ponsonby.

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Politics
Oct 7, 2020

Anti-euthanasia flyers in EasyVote packs: new complaints emerge

More people are coming forward to say they found referendum campaign pamphlets in their EasyVote packs, but mystery continues to surround how they got there

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The Bulletin
Oct 7, 2020

The Bulletin: Day of drama for National

Day of drama and disunity for National, hero of Ōhau fire revealed, and what could be done about the digital divide.

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The Bulletin
Oct 6, 2020

The Bulletin: Residents of Lake Ohau vow to rebuild after fire

Residents vow to rebuild after fire destroys dozens of Ohau homes, Christchurch stadium funding signed off, and complaint laid after EasyVote packs include campaign flyer.

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Politics
Oct 5, 2020

Complaint laid after assisted dying ‘vote no’ flyers found in official EasyVote packs

Promotional material from a group opposing the End of Life Choice Bill included alongside some official voting information packs, according to Northland family.

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The Bulletin
Oct 5, 2020

The Bulletin: Confusion surrounds Trump’s Covid-19 status

Confusion surrounds Trump's Covid-19 status, horror fire and bad flooding for lower South Island, and announcement coming on Auckland’s alert level status.

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The Bulletin
Oct 2, 2020

The Bulletin: For and against a four year term

For and against a four year term, Labour planning market studies on groceries and building supplies, and NIMBYs fighting youth hub in Christchurch.

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Politics
Oct 1, 2020

Lambs slaughtered at Lincoln in New Zealand’s safest seat 

What happens when you put a bunch of farming students in a deeply National electorate in a room with their local candidates?

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