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
May 25, 2018

The Bulletin: Historic Trump–Kim Korea summit cancelled

Historic Trump–Kim summit cancelled overnight, nurses disappointed with pay recommendations, and transport minister Twyford gets snapped.

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The Bulletin
May 24, 2018

The Bulletin: A referendum day of reckoning

Possible super–referendum mooted for next year, damning fishing report leaked, and Fonterra raises milk price forecasts to near record highs.

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Techweek18
May 23, 2018

The Jacingularity: is the hologram prime minister the future of live events?

The visibility of hologram technology was given a major boost in NZ when the PM used it to make a Techweek speech. So how might the technology be used in the future?

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The Bulletin
May 23, 2018

The Bulletin: Prized European trade talks to go ahead

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: EU gives go ahead for trade talks with NZ, marijuana referendum could be held next year, and Auckland's mayor is under …

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The Bulletin
May 22, 2018

The Bulletin: Government turns focus on bovis

PM steps in to cattle disease response, spotlight put on possible worker abuse in strip clubs, and a big win for local game company Grinding Gears.

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Sports
May 21, 2018

SBW: I love rugby – but there are far more important things in life

Is hype around the All Blacks out of all proportion in this country? Alex Braae went to the first squad naming of the year to see just how big a deal it all is, and talk to a player with a unique perspective on it all.

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The Bulletin
May 21, 2018

The Bulletin: No mega–prison, but what will Waikeria be?

The government has partly made up its mind on the mega–prison, Māori wards fall short in regional votes, and midwives say the budget boost was too little, too late.

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The Bulletin
May 18, 2018

The Bulletin: Budget 2018 Megamix

Today we've got all the washing up from yesterday's budget, plus news about councils, cows and creeps.

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The Bulletin
May 17, 2018

The Bulletin: It’s finally Budget Day

Yes, it's actually here. Also, the issue of unpaid overtime in retail has exploded, and Tauranga’s council is at odds with local MP Simon Bridges over the fuel tax.

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The Bulletin
May 16, 2018

The Bulletin: Whacked with an Orr

Another political intervention from new Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr, government considers shared equity for first home buyers, and the best coverage of the hikoi at Parliament.

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The Bulletin
May 15, 2018

The Bulletin: Inflation hits poorest hardest

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. Rate of inflation higher for those with less, Winston Peters is going to China, and the government backtracks on much–needed Official Information Act …

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Politics
May 15, 2018

It’s me, Simon: the Bridges show rolls into Helensville

The leader of the opposition has lately been touring the small towns and outer city suburbs. Why? Alex Braae went to Huapai in northwest Auckland to find out. 

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The Bulletin
May 14, 2018

The Bulletin: Trump attacks Pharmac

US President attacks national drug buying agencies, Iain Lees–Galloway embraces his critics, and Greenpeace under fire for sweary voicemail. 

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Budget 2018
May 13, 2018

The ‘fudge-it budget’ and more of the best (and worst) Budget nicknames

With Budget day fast approaching, how will it be sold to the public? And how will the opposition go about pinning a derisive name on it? Let's look back at some of the most valiant attempts.

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Auckland
May 11, 2018

Why do Auckland’s Link buses spend so long not moving?

If you've ever caught one of Auckland's Link buses, you've probably spent a good chunk of the ride sitting at a bus stop, not moving.

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The Bulletin
May 11, 2018

The Bulletin: Migrant workers stuck on illegal contracts

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Contracts signed by Filipino migrant workers have illegal anti–union clause, voters stream away from Māori roll, and the government considers …

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Society
May 10, 2018

Greened out: Weed buyers crash crowdfund site

Crowdfunding platform PledgeMe has been overwhelmed by demand from investors into a medicinal cannabis company. How? Why? Find out in today's cheat sheet.

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The Bulletin
May 10, 2018

The Bulletin: Super Fund’s super plan for Auckland rail

Auckland's transport plans desperately need funding, and the Super Fund has seen an opportunity.

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The Bulletin
May 9, 2018

The Bulletin: Migrant workers, unemployment and kiwifruit

Kiwifruit workers debate and divide deepens, an admission that Kiwibuild might not involve actually building so many houses, and Trump pulls out of Iran deal.

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Sports
May 8, 2018

Equal pay for women (soccer players): The Football Ferns score pay parity

The Football Ferns are about to get equal pay to the male All Whites when they represent New Zealand. It's a huge step for the sport, but will it lead to genuine equality across football?

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The Bulletin
May 8, 2018

The Bulletin: Government parties at odds over compulsory te reo teaching

Greens and Labour at odds over compulsory te reo in schools, petrol prices hit high, and farmers facing big mycoplasma bovis bill.

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The Bulletin
May 7, 2018

The Bulletin: Curbs on cows could be coming

Curbs on cow numbers likely to come, the education minister is pointing to a billion dollar shortfall, and we've got an exclusive story about so-called ethical fashion label World.   

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Media
May 6, 2018

A global broadcasting giant has slipped into NZ. Should Sky be worried?

The biggest global player in broadcast production has bought up a New Zealand company specialising in exactly that. What does that mean for those already here?

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The Bulletin
May 4, 2018

The Bulletin: Pleas for Greens to ditch “anti–democratic” bill

Greens urged to bail out of waka–jumping bill, midwives go marching, and governance weirdness at Canterbury DHB comes to light.

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The Bulletin
May 3, 2018

The Bulletin: Meth pamphlet at school sparks furious debate

Meth pamphlet at high school sparks furious debate, historical police inaction on sexual assault revealed, and NZ misses out on steel tariff exemption.

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The Bulletin
May 2, 2018

The Bulletin: Prisoners say guards assaulting, abusing them

Prisoners complain guards are assaulting and abusing them, there's a severe shortage of tradies, and the SkyCity Convention Centre suffers another delay.

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