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

Food
Jan 16, 2021

Why is it so hard to find lemons right now?

Supermarket shoppers looking for citrus are seeing a sour trend at the moment – some stores are entirely tapped out of lemons.

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The Bulletin
Jan 15, 2021

The Bulletin: Summer news stories you might have missed

Good morning and welcome to this one-off edition of The Bulletin.

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Music
Jan 14, 2021

Ahoy! A sea shanty veteran on why the genre is blowing up on social media

If you’ve been on social media this week, you may well have come across a surge in interest in sea shanties.

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Politics
Jan 13, 2021

NZ right-wingers caught up in global purge of Twitter accounts

Some of the NZ-based accounts cheered on the riots at the US Capitol last week. Then Twitter cracked down.

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Politics
Jan 3, 2021

In it to win it: Chlöe Swarbrick’s run for Auckland Central

In the 2020 election, first term MP Chlöe Swarbrick will be one of just two Greens explicitly running to win an electorate.

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JUCY
Dec 27, 2020

Edge of the dial: The best local radio stations for an Aotearoa road trip

Why not listen to something different on your summer roadie?

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The Bulletin
Dec 25, 2020

The Bulletin’s 2020 Year in News Quiz

What better way to celebrate Christmas than by going head to head with your loved ones to test your recall of the year in news?

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Politics
Dec 19, 2020
The Bulletin
Dec 18, 2020

The Bulletin: The news that will matter in 2021

A wrap of some of the issues that will matter in 2021, and a reflection on coming out of this tough year with hope. 

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The Bulletin
Dec 17, 2020

The Bulletin: Year closes with government books in reasonable shape

Year closes with government books in reasonable shape, Mallard sets record straight, and government bookings filling up accommodation sector.

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The Bulletin
Dec 16, 2020

The Bulletin: Putting out the BIMs

Swag of briefings to incoming ministers released, government outlines summer Covid resurgence plan, and Port Hills fire comes amid scorching week.

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The Bulletin
Dec 15, 2020

The Bulletin: Australia welcomes talk of a travel bubble

Australia welcomes travel bubble talk, no new public info about Ihumātao, and speaker Mallard proactively arranges meeting with select committee. 

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The Bulletin
Dec 14, 2020

The Bulletin: Mallard under pressure over legal costs

Trevor Mallard under pressure over legal costs, questions over why border testing review is still under wraps, and Massey academics speak out against cuts.

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The Bulletin
Dec 11, 2020

The Bulletin: Wairoa dental service withdraws, and a quiet regional crisis

Why it matters Wairoa lost their dentist service, commercial rent relief won’t be revisited by government, and four year term referendum looking likely.

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The Bulletin
Dec 10, 2020

The Bulletin: Intrigue and brinksmanship in Infratil takeover bid

Infratil fends off first takeover bid but another run likely, Otago graduation ceremonies cancelled after threat, and port processing backlogs strain supply chains

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The Bulletin
Dec 9, 2020

The Bulletin: Spy agency overhaul calls, and response to March 15 inquiry report

Response to Royal Commission report into March 15 terrorist attack, slow progress on climate change criticised internationally, and ‘digital handshake’ to be added to Covid app.

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The Bulletin
Dec 8, 2020

The Bulletin: Labour enjoys winner’s bonus in first post-election poll

First poll after election shows Labour surging, Treasury officials sounded alarm about uncapped film rebates, and full scale of Napier flood damage becoming clear

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The Bulletin
Dec 7, 2020

The Bulletin: Tauranga council drama comes to a head

Mahuta signals intent to replace Tauranga council with commissioner, Super Fund keen on local infrastructure, and Safety Warehouse panned for idiotic cash drop stunt.

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Media
Dec 5, 2020

Is watching cricket at the pub a thing of the past?

Popping down to the pub to watch Kane Williamson score a double century is harder if the pub doesn't have the game on.

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The Bulletin
Dec 4, 2020

The Bulletin: Select committee seats and what each party wants

Early focus put on health select committee, international day for persons with disabilities marked, and appliance delays holding up new builds.

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The Bulletin
Dec 3, 2020

The Bulletin: What comes next after climate emergency declaration

What comes next after climate emergency declaration, petition against parole for cop-killers delivered, and well-known fashion company under fire.

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The Bulletin
Dec 2, 2020

The Bulletin: Auckland Council considers rates hit to cover Covid

Council considers rates hit to cover Covid, revenue minister fires warning shot over trusts, and some common sense on drug law reform.

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Money
Nov 27, 2020

Can ‘hubs’ make up for the erasure of small-town banks?

Many see regional banking hubs as too small a measure to address a serious issue for provincial New Zealand.

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The Bulletin
Nov 27, 2020

The Bulletin: Massive workforce boost for horticulture sector

Massive workforce boost for horticulture sector, wild opening day at parliament, and dwindling specialist doctor workforce raises burnout fears.

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The Bulletin
Nov 26, 2020

The Bulletin: Soldier with far-right ties on spying charges

Soldier with far-right ties on spying charges, bright line test could be extended, and Oranga Tamariki boss Grainne Moss will not be resigning. 

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Sports
Nov 26, 2020

Everything you need to know about the very different 2020/21 summer of cricket

New broadcasters, a new Boxing Day test venue, and new selection problems for the Black Caps.

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