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

Business
Feb 19, 2020

The Wairarapa just wiped out a critter that's been making farmers' lives a misery

The dreaded pea weevil is no more in the Wairarapa, after a successful eradication effort.

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The Bulletin
Feb 18, 2020

The Bulletin: ETS and the accounting of emissions

Creative accounting around the ETS explored, Ardern goes to ground on Peters, and ACT criticised for keeping donation from extremist.

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Politics
Feb 17, 2020

Good news for Simon Bridges: his big tax idea is already happening

Simon Bridges reckons those on the average wage shouldn't be paying a third of what they earn in income tax.

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Politics
Feb 17, 2020

Damage control: Jacinda Ardern faces torrent of Winston-related questions

In the prime minister’s Monday morning broadcast interviews, there was one overwhelming theme: the behaviour of NZ First and Winston Peters.

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The Bulletin
Feb 17, 2020

The Bulletin: Tax cuts for 2020?

Bridges gives signal of tax cuts, police under pressure over family violence problem, and condemnation rains down over Peters scandal.

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The Bulletin
Feb 14, 2020

The Bulletin: Peters admits and denies involvement in journo smear

Deputy PM both admits and denies involvement in smear on journos, new poll shows National have the numbers, and dozens of Te Kuiti sawmill jobs gone.

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Politics
Feb 13, 2020

Deep dross in the deep south: Is Rio Tinto holding New Zealand to ransom?

Minerals giant Rio Tinto have once again provoked the fury of the government over their operations down in Southland.

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The Bulletin
Feb 13, 2020

The Bulletin: Parliament returns as petty as ever

Parliament is back for another fraught year, bad weather news likely to continue, and Winston Peters goes live.

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Politics
Feb 12, 2020

Three takes on how the political donation system should change

Political donations are back in the news in a big way, and many feel that the system needs a complete overhaul. So how might that work?

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The Bulletin
Feb 12, 2020

The Bulletin: Coronavirus and the OCR

Coronavirus fears loom over OCR announcement, Salvation Army release annual SOTN report, and the PM does actually trust her deputy PM.

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The Bulletin
Feb 11, 2020

The Bulletin: Trust in question around NZ First Foundation investigation

NZ First Foundation referred to police, major campaign launched to close measles immunity gap, and emissions forecast rises again.

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Science
Feb 11, 2020

Cheat sheet: Just how bad is the big drought getting?

Increasingly large swathes of the country are getting bone dry, and it's starting to cause serious problems.

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The Bulletin
Feb 10, 2020

The Bulletin: New poll sets scene for election year

New poll sets scene for election year, scale of public support for Weta Group revealed, and Phil Goff’s emails for sale.

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Sports
Feb 10, 2020

No one can pre-plan a conspiracy theory like an elite sporting body

The controversy around the unexpected (but 'pre-planned') mid-season break for the Black Caps coach left countless fans feeling they were being suckered. And fair enough.

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Politics
Feb 9, 2020

Faafoi goes list only: What it could mean for the government and his electorate

A bigger role looms for Labour's rising star, and a chance opens up for ambitious potential MPs.

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The Bulletin
Feb 7, 2020

The Bulletin: Long cleanup looms after Mataura River floods

Long cleanup looms after Mataura floods, anger inside and outside of RNZ at major proposed changes, and quarantine in effect for Wuhan returnees.

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The Bulletin
Feb 5, 2020

The Bulletin: Politicians steal limelight at Waitangi

Politicians take limelight at Waitangi, Auckland Lantern Festival cancelled, and each end of the country facing contrasting extreme weather.

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Politics
Feb 5, 2020

The fight for voters on National’s right

In an MMP election that could come down to a few percentage points of wasted vote, two parties on National's right flank are going toe to toe.

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Chorus
Feb 4, 2020

Ten years older and a whole lot faster: A short history of UFB1

The first phase of New Zealand's ultrafast broadband rollout came to a close at the end of 2019. Alex Braae takes a look back at the decade-long project that was UFB1.

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Politics
Feb 4, 2020

Explainer: What do the new NZ First Foundation revelations show?

New developments have emerged this morning around donations to the New Zealand First Foundation.

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The Bulletin
Feb 4, 2020

The Bulletin: ‘Red’ weather day down South sparks new warning

First ever deployment of new Metservice warning, NZ First Foundation donor identities revealed, and economic fallout from virus spreads.

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Sports
Feb 3, 2020

A night with the Tuatara: the remarkable rise of the team making baseball exciting

Alex Braae heads to North Harbour Stadium to watch the Auckland baseball team play a crunch game before a wild, Baby Shark chanting crowd.

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The Bulletin
Feb 3, 2020

The Bulletin: Mourning Mike Moore

Former PM Mike Moore mourned, travel ban put in place in attempt to prevent Coronavirus, and Greens break government ranks over transport spending.

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The Bulletin
Jan 31, 2020

The Bulletin: Concerns grow in public media merger information void

Concerns grow in the public media merger information void, costs of school return being counted, and a charter flight arranged for Wuhan evacuations.

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The Bulletin
Jan 30, 2020

The Bulletin: Business groups welcome big infrastructure spend

Business groups welcome big infrastructure spend, four charged by SFO in relation to election donations, and Pacific countries act against coronavirus.

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Politics
Jan 29, 2020

Epic infrastructure spend announced: what you need to know

A massive, whopping, ridiculous amount of money has been announced by the government today for infrastructure upgrades. So, what's in the package?

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