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
Dec 19, 2018

The Bulletin: Chilling inquiry findings into govt-contracted spy firm

Serious fallout from inquiry into government agency use of spy firm, changes announced to migrant worker system, and new developments in Karel Sroubek saga.

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The Bulletin
Dec 18, 2018

The Bulletin: Migrant worker exploitation cases pile up

Exploitation cases of migrant workers pile up, more drama around the delayed census, and Ngāpuhi hapu vote against settlement model.

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The Bulletin
Dec 17, 2018

The Bulletin: Modest goals, modest success at climate talks

Poland climate talks conclude with agreement on rules, ACT accuses conservative campaigners of misleading claims, and a new doco series on life in Queenstown.

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Television
Dec 14, 2018

Vikings recap: In the name of God

If people don't recognise your power, no worries, you can always just appeal to a higher authority.

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The Bulletin
Dec 14, 2018

The Bulletin: Govt’s all things to all people drug reforms

Government pushes in two different directions with drug reforms, nitrogen runoff tool has serious flaws, and finance minister outlines 'wellbeing' budget.

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Society
Dec 13, 2018

Spinoff readers are giving meat-eating the cold shoulder

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, how much meat is the country eating? And is that changing?

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The Bulletin
Dec 13, 2018

The Bulletin: Is Britain about to get a new PM?

British PM a few hours away from vote on her future, government quietly debating compensation for coastal property owners, and Google makes Millane case blunder.

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The Bulletin
Dec 12, 2018

The Bulletin: Hurdles ahead for school second language teaching

Second language in schools bill gets cross party support, overseas investment still thriving, and be on the lookout for scammers posing as the IRD.

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Society
Dec 12, 2018

Legalise (almost all of) it: What Spinoff readers reckon about drugs

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, what do we reckon about drug reform? And what lessons can politicians take from the answers?

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Media
Dec 11, 2018

Shock news: The Spinoff’s readers are extremely online

The Spinoff partnered with UMR to survey the attitudes of our readers, and the nation as a whole. Today, how are we consuming media, and what do we reckon about it?

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The Bulletin
Dec 11, 2018

The Bulletin: Shock, grief as Grace Millane murder-accused goes to court

Man appears in court charged with murder of British backpacker Grace Millane, little progress made on child poverty, and National responds to UN pact critics.

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The Bulletin
Dec 10, 2018

The Bulletin: No Tomorrow for Tomorrow’s Schools?

Major reforms proposed for governance of schools, mediation coming in bid to stave off Air NZ strikes, and announcement likely on ministerial transparency.

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Society
Dec 10, 2018

Data! Opinions! The results of The Spinoff’s major national survey with UMR

Each day this week we'll release a different set of data from our major national survey with UMR.

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The Bulletin
Dec 7, 2018

The Bulletin: Pride Board narrowly survives no-confidence vote

Auckland Pride board survives no confidence vote, Defence Force puts climate change in its sights, and two former parliament speakers weigh in on bias claims against Trevor Mallard.

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Television
Dec 6, 2018

Vikings recap: Blackmail fail for troublesome priest

The latest episode of Vikings shows that even in the more civilised parts of this world, subtle politicking can still be overcome by a knife straight through the eye.

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The Bulletin
Dec 6, 2018

The Bulletin: Schoolboy rugby embroiled in player poaching fight

Schoolboy rugby embroiled in player poaching fight, sea level rises expected to hit vulnerable hardest, and embattled MP Maggie Barry faces inquiry.

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The Bulletin
Dec 5, 2018

The Bulletin: Will NZ back UN migration pact?

Foreign policy fault line opens over UN migration pact, mental health report released and waiting on govt response, and yet more leaks about the National Party. 

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Media
Dec 5, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 5

Today: Alex Braae on why you should pay for journalism.

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Politics
Dec 4, 2018

What you need to know about the mental health inquiry report

Thousands of views were taken in, meetings were held up and down the country, experts were questioned, and it all fed into a massive report on the state of our mental health system.

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The Bulletin
Dec 4, 2018

The Bulletin: Nightmare dangers for nurses

Dangers faced by nurses explodes into focus, teachers look to the Middle East for better money, and new research backs benefits of cycleways.

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The Bulletin
Dec 3, 2018

The Bulletin: Pandora’s box of Parliamentary bullying

Fallout begins immediately from review into parliamentary bullying, a phenomenal piece of mental health journalism featured, and National's polling bounces back.

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The Bulletin
Nov 30, 2018

The Bulletin: Small scope of medicinal cannabis changes criticised

Small scope of medicinal cannabis changes criticised, big chunk of cash for the West Coast, and Karel Sroubek speaks out.

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Lightbox
Nov 29, 2018

Vikings recap: Rollo’s return and the big celibate sword

What do the TV gods have in store for the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, as season 5 of Vikings returns?

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The Bulletin
Nov 29, 2018

The Bulletin: Stuff shows the way on climate coverage

Shift in media mindset shown by Stuff's climate change coverage, GCSB blocks Chinese telco tech company, and Greens push for prisoner voting rights.

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The Bulletin
Nov 28, 2018

The Bulletin: Will workplace law changes satisfy everyone?

Major workplace reform bill moves forward, dire warning for Hutt Valley from climate change, and plans are afoot to pedestrianise large parts of Auckland City.

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Media
Nov 27, 2018

Who wore it stupider? Comparing Hosking and Hawkesby on cycling

Newstalk ZB listeners were treated to not one but two absurd opinion pieces from the hosts this morning, on a modest new government proposal to get kids cycling.  

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