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
Sep 20, 2019

The Bulletin: What does slowing GDP growth mean?

GDP growth slows in the latest quarter, questions raised over utter NZDF incompetence, and NZTA sends money intended for light rail elsewhere.

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The Bulletin
Sep 19, 2019

The Bulletin: Much more still to come on Ihumātao

Difficult decision looms for govt over Ihumātao, NZDF story scrutinised at inquiry, and innovative new bus service to be trialled in Timaru.

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Local Elections
Sep 18, 2019

We moderated a rebel debate for the Wellington mayoral candidates RNZ excluded

It's a hard road getting attention for outsider candidates in local elections. Alex Braae, writer of The Bulletin and stout defender of the political little guy, thought he’d lend a hand by moderating a rebel Wellington mayoral debate.

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The Bulletin
Sep 18, 2019

The Bulletin: Govt makes business-friendly migrant worker changes

Govt makes business-friendly migrant worker changes, PM off overseas to talk trade, and the cost of Christchurch water in China revealed.

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The Bulletin
Sep 17, 2019

The Bulletin: Defence Force under heavy Burnham scrutiny

NZDF under inquiry scrutiny, competing statements on Labour investigation released through lawyers, and a thorough look at Air NZ's carbon offsets. 

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Local Elections
Sep 16, 2019

Race briefing: Hutt City, where a 28-year-old might become mayor

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Alex Braae breaks down the surprisingly bitter Hutt City mayoral race.

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The Bulletin
Sep 16, 2019

The Bulletin: A week of covering climate change

Covering Climate Now week begins, hate crimes in focus six months after Christchurch attack, and scale of house flipping laid bare. 

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Local Elections
Sep 15, 2019

Going way back with Auckland’s monorail-promising mayoral candidate

An Auckland mayoral candidate has broken the internet* by announcing a plan for a monorail around the central city. Who is Craig Lord, and is he serious? Alex Braae spoke to him shortly after his campaign launch to find out.

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Politics
Sep 15, 2019

The increasingly uncompromising Todd Muller

National’s new agriculture spokesperson finds himself in one of the party’s most important portfolios, at a time of dramatically increasing tensions in the sector.

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The Bulletin
Sep 13, 2019

The Bulletin: A day of proving the point of NZ history education

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Examples of why teaching history matters immediately emerge, accused Labour staffer resigns, and giant of Tongan democracy dies.  In the space …

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Local Elections
Sep 13, 2019

Everyone says they’ll fix Wellington’s buses. Easy-peasy. Right?

Across Wellington, candidates are running for office on the promise of fixing the botched bus network.

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The Bulletin
Sep 12, 2019

The Bulletin: Questions remain after Haworth’s resignation

Haworth resigns but questions remain, motels for emergency accommodation in spotlight, and avocado growers confident about season ahead.

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The Bulletin
Sep 11, 2019

The Bulletin: Bridges builds towards China with state-TV interview

Bridges sparks controversy with China state-TV interview, timeline of events around Labour staffer allegation, and Weta staff concerned about campaign launch.

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The Bulletin
Sep 10, 2019

The Bulletin: Ocean creeps ever closer to coastal houses

Pair of stories highlight coastal erosion, PM responds to allegations against Labour party, and report details complex Afghanistan operations for spy agencies.

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The Bulletin
Sep 9, 2019

The Bulletin: Harrowing allegations against Labour and staffer revealed

Harrowing allegations against Labour and staffer revealed, solo mums on benefit facing terrible choices, and millions put towards Northland rail upgrade.

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Local Elections
Sep 7, 2019

A night at the nicest election meeting in New Zealand

Most election meetings are by turns angry and boring. On Thursday, Alex Braae went along to a debate in the foothills of Wellington's Mt Victoria and discovered that local democracy can be... nice?

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The Bulletin
Sep 6, 2019

The Bulletin: Farmer fury at freshwater plans

Farmers furious at freshwater proposals, small King Country town to have dual name, and cupboards bare at Auckland City Mission.

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Local Elections
Sep 6, 2019

Wellington councillor launches climate change denial attack on colleagues

Tensions have flared around the Wellington Council table, with one Councillor accusing her colleagues of engaging in a form of climate change denial.

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The Bulletin
Sep 5, 2019

The Bulletin: Reaction to the Kiwibuild reset

Range of reaction to Kiwibuild reset, Peter Ellis dies before Supreme Court appeal can be heard, and calls for apology for te reo suppression. 

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The Bulletin
Sep 4, 2019

The Bulletin: Hints of change in major health system review

300 pages worth of health system review delivered, exportable green hydrogen examined, and small hospitality businesses pushed to the brink by Uber Eats. 

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The Bulletin
Sep 3, 2019

The Bulletin: How cancer sufferers have taken govt announcement

Cancer sufferers react to govt's new plan, data shows big increase in land sales for forestry, and a striking warning about NZ's future of defence.

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Music
Sep 2, 2019

Review: Don’t Quit Your Day Job, the new documentary from rapper Tom Scott

Rapper Tom Scott has dropped a brand new documentary about trying to make a living as an artist. So is it any good?

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The Bulletin
Sep 2, 2019

The Bulletin: Frustration grows around fast-spreading measles outbreak

Measles cases grow as outbreak spreads, far fewer young people committing crimes compared to a decade ago, and DHB psychologist strike to deepen.

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Local Elections
Aug 31, 2019

Race briefing: Waitaki District mayoralty, aka the Overlord of Oamaru

Who will be the overlord of Oamaru, in the race to become the Waitaki District mayor?

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Local Elections
Aug 31, 2019

Whose job is it anyway? Inside our inadequate, uncoordinated efforts to up voter turnout

Turnout in our local elections has long been in decline, particularly among the young. Alex Braae looks at what's being done to improve those stats, and find a lack of centralised funding and strategy.

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The Bulletin
Aug 30, 2019

The Bulletin: Does school food initiative go far enough?

School food programme welcomed with questions about scale, vital tourist infrastructure under pressure, and Transmission Gully won't be tolled.

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