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

Politics
Oct 22, 2019

Cheat Sheet: A bittersweet night for Justin Trudeau in Canadian election

After an unusually nasty campaign for their country, Canada has gone to the polls. Here's what happened.

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The Bulletin
Oct 2, 2019

The Bulletin: School holiday fears of measles spreading

School holiday fears of measles spread, pressure on Northland public health system, and logger who criticised Shane Jones goes public.

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The Bulletin
Oct 1, 2019

The Bulletin: Questionable new fishing quotas in effect

New fishing quotas in effect today, it's not to late to vote so go and sort it out, and Shane Jones vows revenge after gentle reprimand.

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The Bulletin
Sep 30, 2019

The Bulletin: Is NZ First already in election mode?

Shane Jones says the quiet bit out loud to forestry industry, massive marches take place against climate inaction, and pharmacists fear Chemist Warehouse wipeout.

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Society
Sep 28, 2019

Deadly voyages across the Mediterranean, and the New Zealander trying to save lives

Despite the world's attention turning elsewhere, thousands of asylum seekers continue to die on perilous voyages across the Mediterranean. Alex Braae spoke to a New Zealander trying to save their lives.

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The Bulletin
Sep 27, 2019

The Bulletin: Greens push to lower voting age on climate strike day

Greens push to lower voting age on climate strike day, latest IPCC report unpacked, and analysis of Fonterra's tough annual results day.

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The Bulletin
Sep 26, 2019

The Bulletin: Battle lines drawn over mānuka honey

International battle lines drawn up over mānuka honey, shocking case of neglect in prison revealed, and Jetstar to pull out of five regional routes.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2019

Cheat sheet: Finally, the Democrats will try and impeach Donald Trump

After years of calls to do so, Democrats in the US Congress are finally having a go at impeaching Donald Trump. But why now?

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The Bulletin
Sep 25, 2019

The Bulletin: How electorates could change after census

How electorate boundaries could change, plans to bring agriculture into the ETS stall, and another scandal hits state care abuse Royal Commission.

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Politics
Sep 25, 2019

Four months on from the Christchurch Call, small signs of meaningful change

The Christchurch Call initially seemed more like vague platitudes than a plan. Might the government’s diplomatic efforts actually result in something concrete emerging?

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The Bulletin
Sep 24, 2019

The Bulletin: Christchurch councillor under investigation comes forward

Christchurch councillor and candidate under investigation comes forward, census data finally released, and Ardern speaks at the UN.

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Politics
Sep 23, 2019

The most buzzy data points from the just-released Census

The day of reckoning is finally upon us with the release of the data from the 2018 census.

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The Bulletin
Sep 23, 2019

The Bulletin: Recycling rejected by Indonesia coming straight back

Indonesia to send contaminated recycling back to NZ, LAWA report shows water quality dropping at more sites than not, and Spark Sport suffers harsh weekend.

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Local Elections
Sep 23, 2019

Pay-for-play accusation as Māori TV offers mayoral candidates $500 interview

An Auckland mayoral candidate has reacted furiously to an advertising approach from Māori Television, which he says was a pay-for-play offer of coverage. Alex Braae reports. 

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The Bulletin
Sep 20, 2019

The Bulletin: What does slowing GDP growth mean?

GDP growth slows in the latest quarter, questions raised over utter NZDF incompetence, and NZTA sends money intended for light rail elsewhere.

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The Bulletin
Sep 19, 2019

The Bulletin: Much more still to come on Ihumātao

Difficult decision looms for govt over Ihumātao, NZDF story scrutinised at inquiry, and innovative new bus service to be trialled in Timaru.

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Local Elections
Sep 18, 2019

We moderated a rebel debate for the Wellington mayoral candidates RNZ excluded

It's a hard road getting attention for outsider candidates in local elections. Alex Braae, writer of The Bulletin and stout defender of the political little guy, thought he’d lend a hand by moderating a rebel Wellington mayoral debate.

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The Bulletin
Sep 18, 2019

The Bulletin: Govt makes business-friendly migrant worker changes

Govt makes business-friendly migrant worker changes, PM off overseas to talk trade, and the cost of Christchurch water in China revealed.

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The Bulletin
Sep 17, 2019

The Bulletin: Defence Force under heavy Burnham scrutiny

NZDF under inquiry scrutiny, competing statements on Labour investigation released through lawyers, and a thorough look at Air NZ's carbon offsets. 

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Local Elections
Sep 16, 2019

Race briefing: Hutt City, where a 28-year-old might become mayor

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Alex Braae breaks down the surprisingly bitter Hutt City mayoral race.

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The Bulletin
Sep 16, 2019

The Bulletin: A week of covering climate change

Covering Climate Now week begins, hate crimes in focus six months after Christchurch attack, and scale of house flipping laid bare. 

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Local Elections
Sep 15, 2019

Going way back with Auckland’s monorail-promising mayoral candidate

An Auckland mayoral candidate has broken the internet* by announcing a plan for a monorail around the central city. Who is Craig Lord, and is he serious? Alex Braae spoke to him shortly after his campaign launch to find out.

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Politics
Sep 15, 2019

The increasingly uncompromising Todd Muller

National’s new agriculture spokesperson finds himself in one of the party’s most important portfolios, at a time of dramatically increasing tensions in the sector.

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The Bulletin
Sep 13, 2019

The Bulletin: A day of proving the point of NZ history education

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Examples of why teaching history matters immediately emerge, accused Labour staffer resigns, and giant of Tongan democracy dies.  In the space …

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Local Elections
Sep 13, 2019

Everyone says they’ll fix Wellington’s buses. Easy-peasy. Right?

Across Wellington, candidates are running for office on the promise of fixing the botched bus network.

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The Bulletin
Sep 12, 2019

The Bulletin: Questions remain after Haworth’s resignation

Haworth resigns but questions remain, motels for emergency accommodation in spotlight, and avocado growers confident about season ahead.

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The Bulletin
Sep 11, 2019

The Bulletin: Bridges builds towards China with state-TV interview

Bridges sparks controversy with China state-TV interview, timeline of events around Labour staffer allegation, and Weta staff concerned about campaign launch.

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