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
Jan 24, 2020

The Bulletin: Response to Wuhan coronavirus ramps up

Response to coronavirus ramps up, PM and Māori leaders agree to meet, and Labour launches their political year at retreat.

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Media
Jan 24, 2020

Beyond RNZ Concert: Myele Manzanza on musicians' struggle to make a living in NZ

With moves underway around RNZ Concert and a new state-funded music station, how will experimental musicians be affected?

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The Bulletin
Jan 23, 2020

The Bulletin: Disturbing stories raise neo-Nazi extremism fears

Two disturbing stories around extremism, a significant milestone reached at Ihumātao, and gang tensions flare in the Hawke’s Bay.

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Politics
Jan 23, 2020

Simon Bridges is about to make a big decision that could shape the election

It's a huge call for the National leader: should he rule out working with NZ First after the 2020 election?

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The Bulletin
Jan 22, 2020

The Bulletin: What the UN climate refugee ruling means

What the UN climate refugee ruling means, Whānau Ora funding battle escalates, and what’s going on with Ihumātao?

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Science
Jan 21, 2020

Cheat sheet: Should we be freaking out about the mysterious virus in China?

A strange pneumonia-causing virus has broken out in China, and the number of cases is rising rapidly. How worried should we be? 

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The Bulletin
Jan 21, 2020

The Bulletin: False alarm sparks tsunami alert concerns

False alarm sparks tsunami alert concerns, new development in story haunting NZ First, and unaffordable housing problem getting worse.

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The Bulletin
Jan 20, 2020

Ten important summer news stories you may have missed

Good morning, and welcome back to The Bulletin for 2020.

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Money
Jan 16, 2020

‘Don’t lose the bloody stuff’: The simple philosophy that helped build Kiwi Wealth

From early beginnings as a boutique wealth management firm to being a major player in KiwiSaver, the journey of Kiwi Wealth has seen some things change and others stay the same.

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Politics
Jan 15, 2020

Jacinda Ardern took a summer holiday and Australians lost their shit

PM Jacinda Ardern has been in Australia, at a time when the country is being rocked by devastating bushfires.

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TVNZ
Jan 15, 2020

Finally, a cricket game we can all relate to

If the rugby players look like garbage out there on the field – well, that’s us too.

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Society
Jan 14, 2020

What’s the deal with Snus – the smokeless nicotine in a pouch?

Those looking for an alternative to smoking are increasing going for the small pouches of leaves known as Snus.

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Politics
Jan 11, 2020

Outdoors Party reckons it can ride an anti-1080 wave to parliament in 2020

A fringe political party is hoping for better returns in 2020 after adding a high profile independent lawyer to the leadership team.

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Food
Jan 10, 2020

Why are limes so freakishly expensive in New Zealand?

They're bank breakers, and they're 'knobbly little things, horrible things'. A major wedge issue, explained.

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Politics
Jan 8, 2020

Iran fires ‘revenge’ missiles at US bases in Iraq: What we know so far

In a developing situation, Iran has fired ballistic missiles at two US military bases in Iraq. 

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Sports
Jan 7, 2020

Seven questions left hanging by the Black Caps’ abysmal performance in Australia

After a horrific test series defeat to Australia, Alex Braae assesses the questions that will be asked in the wake of it.

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Politics
Jan 6, 2020

Cheat sheet: Are we heading for a US-Iran war? And what does it mean for NZ?

Tensions between the US and Iran, and across the wider Middle East, are reaching a boiling point after the assassination of a senior Iranian military leader by an American airstrike.

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Politics
Dec 30, 2019

Climate change and the rural way of life

The government's environmental policy is creating major tensions in farming communities. Alex Braae went to a meeting in Taumarunui to see it play out. 

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Media
Dec 25, 2019

What it’s like to be a journalist who has to work on Christmas Day

It's the most wonderful time of the year, unless you're a journalist, in which case Christmas is just another day. So what's the vibe like in newsrooms on Christmas day? And why can't journalists just take the day off? 

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The Bulletin
Dec 25, 2019

The Bulletin’s 2019 Year in News Quiz

If you've absorbed every single story in every single edition of The Bulletin this year, don't worry – this quiz will be absolutely simple for you.

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The Bulletin
Dec 23, 2019

The Bulletin: What will shape the news in 2020

Good morning, and welcome to the last Bulletin of 2019.

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The Bulletin
Dec 20, 2019

The Bulletin: Government proposes hefty ETS changes

Government proposes hefty ETS changes, wide ranging review of road rules, and Dunedin’s stadium promises tussle with Christchurch.

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The Bulletin
Dec 19, 2019

The Bulletin: Complainants respond to QC report

Complainants respond to report on former Labour staffer allegations, prominent businessman arrested in Australia, and worrying new report into tourism’s environmental impacts.

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Politics
Dec 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: The frightening new environmental report on tourism’s future

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report is very clear – our tourism industry is contributing to serious environmental degradation in its current form.

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The Bulletin
Dec 18, 2019

The Bulletin: Controversial clearance for OMV offshore drilling

OMV cleared by EPA for offshore well, charity raising alarm over state house sensors, and panel of climate commissioners appointed.

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The Bulletin
Dec 17, 2019

The Bulletin: National closes year with policy blitz

National closes year with policy blitz, fund announced for small businesses affected by tourism disasters, and a record worker exploitation fine handed down.

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