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
Nov 14, 2018

The Bulletin: Astonishing intervention from Czech criminal's mother

Karel Sroubek's mother speaks out, Fonterra abandons quantity target in favour of quality, and striking court workers warned they're risking injustices happening.

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The Bulletin
Oct 18, 2018

The Bulletin: Ugliness exposed on Bridges-Ross tape

Secretly recorded tape raises huge questions for National, Austrian company gets oil exploration extension, and govt won't close 'back door' for Nauru refugees.

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Politics
Oct 17, 2018

The Jami-Lee Ross vs Simon Bridges shit-fight in seven questions

The developments at parliament yesterday are almost without precedent. What's next?

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The Bulletin
Oct 17, 2018

The Bulletin: What fresh horrors await National today?

National party knife-fight gets extremely bloody, Naura detainee refugees may be allowed to come to NZ, and a shake-up coming for Māori media.

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Politics
Oct 16, 2018

Jami-Lee Ross accuses Bridges of corruption: the National implosion, explained

So remember how there was a bit of a battle going on between National leader Simon Bridges and Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross? It has just stepped up about 16 million notches. 

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The Bulletin
Oct 16, 2018

The Bulletin: Brutal day looms for National

Brutal day looms for National amid Jami-Lee Ross saga, serious allegations made by Nicky Hager against NZDF, and damning indictment of MSD culture.

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Politics
Oct 15, 2018

What the hell just happened? The Jami-Lee Ross vs Simon Bridges leakwar explained

In a dramatic turn of events, the National Party expenses leak has suddenly turned about a thousand times more toxic. What the hell is going on?

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The Bulletin
Oct 15, 2018

The Bulletin: Desperate drive to address teacher shortage

Massive increase in overseas teacher recruitment drive, NZ activists reject Israeli court ruling, and the horrible state of Lake Horowhenua is in focus. 

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The Bulletin
Oct 12, 2018

The Bulletin: Police and the logistics of legal weed

Police discuss logistics of legal weed, amount beneficiaries owe to MSD revealed, and a thorough rundown on why houses are unaffordable. 

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The Bulletin
Oct 11, 2018

The Bulletin: Crackdown on crooked lenders

Crackdown coming on dodgy lending practices, Fonterra revises forecast down again, and a new twist in the Simon Bridges expense leak tale.

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The Bulletin
Oct 10, 2018

The Bulletin: Big surplus, but can it be spent?

Government secures bigger than expected surplus, NZ not on track to meet climate change targets, and most immigration crime going un-investigated.

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The Bulletin
Oct 9, 2018

The Bulletin: A climate report unlike all the rest

Climate change report says it's now or never for action, legislation aimed at anti-competitive markets prioritised, and Chorus contractors under scrutiny.

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Politics
Oct 8, 2018

Counterpoint: Simon Bridges isn’t going anywhere

To have a leadership challenge, you need a challenger.

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The Bulletin
Oct 8, 2018

The Bulletin: Anger rises with petrol prices

Anger rises along with petrol prices, abortion rights group claims law discriminates against women, and fury at govt's encouragement of water bottling company.

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The Bulletin
Oct 5, 2018

The Bulletin: Cloudy picture of river quality emerges

River quality report paints complex picture, Greens hit out at synthetics plan, while National come to the table on child poverty.

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The Bulletin
Oct 4, 2018

The Bulletin: Prohibition returns with synthetics crackdown

Health minister plans crackdown on synthetic drugs, new research and development tax credits announced, and Taxpayers Union rumbled for using fake names. 

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Politics
Oct 4, 2018

Socialism is back, baby, and it doesn’t want your vote

A new radical left group has formed with the goal of making socialism a reality in New Zealand. But what would that even look like? And will they have any …

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The Bulletin
Oct 3, 2018

The Bulletin: Too many tourists? The Queenstown Airport decision

Queenstown airport expansion halted, secondary school teachers reject pay offer, and National MP taking a break for health reasons.

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The Bulletin
Oct 2, 2018

The Bulletin: Teachers escalate strike threats

Teachers to vote on week of rolling strikes, Customs gets power to fine people who don't give up device passwords, and NZ values call gets bemused response.

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The Bulletin
Oct 1, 2018

The Bulletin: Big budget film subsidies are here to stay

Big budget film subsidies here to stay, NZ First want pledge of allegiance for migrants, and police to investigate themselves.

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The Bulletin
Sep 28, 2018

The Bulletin: Cyclone season starts early in the Pacific

Cyclone season starts early in South Pacific, more political connections for Derek Handley revealed, and major hoki fishery declared "barren wasteland."

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Auckland
Sep 27, 2018

Passion and fury as John Tamihere revs up Auckland mayoral ambitions

A challenge for the Auckland mayoralty is looming next year, with John Tamihere today turning up at Auckland Council to rattle some cages.

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The Bulletin
Sep 27, 2018

The Bulletin: Waka jumping bill close to becoming law

Waka jumping bill could become law tonight, internal report into Meka Whaitiri's conduct leaked, and sports doping testing system under scrutiny.

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The Bulletin
Sep 26, 2018

The Bulletin: Living cost rises cut into government’s efforts

Cost of living rise cuts into government efforts, Greens say Labour is watering down oil exploration ban, and Environment Court gives America's Cup green light.

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Media
Sep 25, 2018

StuffMe is dead. Does StuffMediaworks make any sense?

Stuff-Me is dead, with the merger between media companies Stuff and NZME once again denied by the courts. A different combination now looms large as a possibility, but would it work? 

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The Bulletin
Sep 25, 2018

The Bulletin: Grappling with climate action costs

Stories show complex costs of climate action, Simon Bridges attacks Housing NZ evictees, and Auckland wharfies are raising safety concerns.

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Media
Sep 24, 2018

Holy shit: Is Radio Sport woke now?

Media bias, collective guilt for Nazi atrocities and being on the wrong side of history: It was a pretty heavy Sunday night on Radio Sport.

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