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 21, 2019

The Bulletin: Complexities of converting farms back to forests

Farming groups concerned about growth of forestry, dramatic new documents revealed in Hit and Run inquiry, and govt agency loses town records.

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The Bulletin
May 20, 2019

The Bulletin: Australia votes for more of the same

Scott Morrison wins re-election in Australia, major boost in funding for sexual violence services, and stories around Alfred Ngaro party continue to swirl.

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Sports
May 18, 2019

Form guide: Who will win the Cricket World Cup?

And more importantly, does New Zealand have a chance?

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The Bulletin
May 17, 2019

The Bulletin: Some day Wellington’s transport woes might get fixed

Major transport plans announced for Wellington, fears some forests will be unprotected from mega mast, and complexities of drug driver testing outlined. 

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Politics
May 17, 2019

Will it be ScoMo or Shorten? What to watch for in the Aussie election

Our old mates the Australians are going to the polls on Saturday.

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The Bulletin
May 16, 2019

The Bulletin: Quiet mining battle erupts into the headlines

Quiet fight over Central Otago mine roars into the headlines, Christchurch call summit gets agreement signed, and allegations made of widespread Uni cheating.

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The Bulletin
May 15, 2019

The Bulletin: Full fees free policy rollout in doubt

Doubt cast on full rollout of fees free tertiary education policy, Vodafone NZ sale analysed, and Tamihere proposes partial port privatisation.

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The Bulletin
May 14, 2019

The Bulletin: Will the world care about Christchurch call summit?

Indifference from major players looms over Christchurch call summit, big changes coming for NCEA, and Peters savages Fonterra's decision to sell Tip-Top.

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The Bulletin
May 13, 2019

The Bulletin: Teachers call mega-strike for day before Budget

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Every teacher in the country to strike together, concerns over funding-starved Māori sector, and two big stories on the rubbish beat …

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The Bulletin
May 10, 2019

The Bulletin: Will Phil Twyford’s career survive Kiwibuild?

National calls for housing minister to be sacked, iwi vows no more children will be taken by Oranga Tamariki, and Christchurch businesses fear hard winter.

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The Bulletin
May 9, 2019

The Bulletin: Is anyone happy with Zero Carbon bill?

Zero carbon bill finally unveiled to mixed response, OCR cut to record lows, and Auckland councillor alleges poorer suburbs are subsidising wealthier areas. 

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The Bulletin
May 8, 2019

The Bulletin: Waikato DHB sacked wholesale, commissioner appointed

Health minister cleans out underperforming DHB, major Zero Carbon announcement coming today, and scope of cannabis referendum revealed.

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The Bulletin
May 7, 2019

The Bulletin: Bleak outlook in extinction report

Major biodiversity report paints bleak picture, Victim Support strongly rebuts claims about donated money, and expect a reeferendum announcement today. 

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Politics
May 7, 2019

TOP plunged into further disarray over payments to its leader

It's tough at the top for Opportunities Party leader Geoff Simmons. 

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Society
May 6, 2019

Media and meth: The NZ Herald goes deep on the destructive drug

The NZ Herald are launching a new, wide-scope documentary into the effect methamphetamine has on small town New Zealand.

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The Bulletin
May 6, 2019

The Bulletin: Govt underwhelms with welfare report response

Negative reaction to government's welfare report response, deep concern for Victim Support-held money, and a closer look at Panuku and Auckland CCOs.

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Politics
May 3, 2019

Big changes to the welfare system just announced: all you need to know

One of the government's most important working groups has just reported back, on what changes should be made to the welfare system.

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The Bulletin
May 3, 2019

The Bulletin: Has foreign house buyer ban worked?

Figures of foreign buyers shows a big decrease, principals unimpressed by government teacher recruitment fund, and CRL funding issues debated at Council.

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Media
May 2, 2019

Overseas critics don’t get why our terror trial reporting restrictions matter

Do critics in the US and Russia even understand what they're talking about?

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The Bulletin
May 2, 2019

The Bulletin: Electric vehicle incentives now well overdue

Electric vehicle incentives now well overdue, mental health inquiry accused of suppressing Māori voices, and tensions erupt at Auckland Uni anti-racism hui.

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Society
May 1, 2019

What the hell is going on in Venezuela?

Has a dictatorial regime been overthrown by freedom fighters? Have cowardly plotters backed by evil empires tried to defeat the will of the people?

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The Bulletin
May 1, 2019

The Bulletin: Why Southern Lakes airports matter for the whole country

Focus put on airports around Southern Lakes, deal appears to have been reached on climate change law, and leadership crisis in National appears to have abated.

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The Bulletin
Apr 30, 2019

The Bulletin: Destiny rejection furthers outsider status

Destiny Church rejected for prison rehab programme, Kāpiti Council sends sea level message to homeowners, and funding boost to solve Census snafu.

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Politics
Apr 29, 2019

Simon Bridges’s slushy tactics make it really hard to take him seriously

When a political career is about to go up in flames, there's almost always a moment when the politician just becomes utterly ridiculous.

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The Bulletin
Apr 29, 2019

The Bulletin: Another winter of energy poverty approaches

Energy poverty in the spotlight with winter approaching, Nelson activist sews up statement on consumerism, and NZ Herald releases paywall plans.

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Television
Apr 26, 2019

The unbearable, exquisite dread of The Americans’ final season

The sixth and final seasons of The Americans drops on Lightbox today. Alex Braae writes about the unique, tense brilliance of the series.

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