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 23, 2019

The Bulletin: Christian and Conservative party field gets crowded

Brian Tamaki announces launch of Destiny party, whopping share of PGF money going to govt departments, and Auckland Harbour Bridge bike plans released.

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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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The Bulletin
Apr 26, 2019

The Bulletin: Bridges pushes for bigger focus on tax debate

Simon Bridges puts up bill with major tax system changes, social media crackdown call unpacked, and lower crowd numbers at main Auckland ANZAC services.

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The Bulletin
Apr 24, 2019

The Bulletin: Tensions loom over ANZAC Day

Tensions loom over tomorrow's ANZAC Day services, government coming up short on police recruitment, and attachment orders against beneficiaries blow out.

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The Bulletin
Apr 23, 2019

The Bulletin: More emerges on rumoured disability sector squeeze

More revealed on funding cuts disability advocates say are happening by stealth, dire warnings in environment report, and could National go for Māori seat?

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Politics
Apr 21, 2019

Coffee with John Palino, the forgotten 2019 Auckland mayoral candidate

He's having another crack at the top job, in another crowded field.

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Media
Apr 19, 2019

Newstalk ZB’s unsentimental giant signs off with a tear in his eye

Long-serving Newstalk ZB Drive host Larry Williams has hung up the headphones at Newstalk ZB, where has been at since the Palaeolithic era. Alex Braae tunes in for the farewell broadcasts.

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Science
Apr 18, 2019

New Zealand cities are spreading, eating into our environment as they go

A new environment report from Stats NZ has highlighted nine areas of concern, linking them into a wider picture of how much stress the environment is under.

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The Bulletin
Apr 18, 2019

The Bulletin: Heavy fallout from capital gains tax axe

Heavy fallout from axing of capital gains tax, cost blowout for City Rail Link, and wrongly evicted Housing NZ tenants to get debt wiped.

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The Bulletin
Apr 17, 2019

The Bulletin: Harder look coming for Provincial Growth Fund

Harder look coming at the provincial growth fund, rents in Auckland City way up this year, and the long hunt for Louisa Akavi unpacked.

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The Bulletin
Apr 16, 2019

The Bulletin: Moderate swing in first post-Christchurch poll

Moderate swing towards govt in first poll after CHCH attack, captured Kiwi nurse named by Red Cross, and a hard look at life after prison.

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The Bulletin
Apr 15, 2019

The Bulletin: Emissions move wrong way for another year

Carbon emissions continue to move wrong way, size and scope of police database revealed, and Ngāti Kurī propose massive new protected reserve.

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Politics
Apr 14, 2019

Tamihere sets out his stall on the future of Auckland sport venues

John Tamihere has launched his first policy slate ahead of the Auckland mayoralty election, making a pitch for the conservative vote. Alex Braae was at Chamberlain Park golf course for the launch.

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Society
Apr 12, 2019

What is going on with all that Julian Assange stuff?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has finally been forced out of his cupboard in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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The Bulletin
Apr 12, 2019

The Bulletin: The politics of Pharmac

Strange political stoush over Pharmac, spy bosses concerned about political interference from overseas, and DOC investing heavily in 1080 alternatives.

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The Bulletin
Apr 11, 2019

The Bulletin: Gun clubs, gun laws change after Christchurch attack

Gun clubs, gun laws change after Christchurch attack, protests promised against new oil drilling, and widespread construction employment law breaches revealed.

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The Bulletin
Apr 10, 2019

The Bulletin: Will supply and demand save fruit season?

Seasonal peak hits fruit picking industry, massive data hole revealed in census response rate, and PM shuts down suggestions she's backing Crusaders change.

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The Bulletin
Apr 9, 2019

The Bulletin: Primary teachers, government at a stalemate

Another teacher strike looms after offer rejected, Crusaders sources say PM's office is pressuring for name change, and warnings sounded over prescription drug.

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The Bulletin
Apr 8, 2019

The Bulletin: Flashpoint looms for long-running census debacle

Flashpoint looms for disastrous census, a deep dive on emissions from tourism, and minister promises hard look at unsafe landfills.

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The Bulletin
Apr 5, 2019

The Bulletin: 50 murder charges, no terrorism charges

Christchurch mosque attack accused to appear in court, threats made against Muslim prayer for ANZAC service, and tense hearings on gun law reforms.

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Science
Apr 4, 2019

WTF is molybdenum disulfide? An expert on why this nano-material matters

Sam Brooke is a Ph.D student at Massey, who is working with the Macdiarmid Institute. He talked to Alex Braae about his research, why it matters, and how it became possible to do it in New Zealand.

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The Bulletin
Apr 4, 2019

The Bulletin: Shareholders approve, so what will TradeMe sale mean?

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: Shareholders approve of sale of TradeMe to private equity firm, family ties between Shane Jones and logging boss, and Newsroom journalists …

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Politics
Apr 3, 2019

Actually, NZ has more leverage over China than we realise

Former Washington Post bureau chief John Pomfret, who is currently visiting New Zealand, thinks we have misunderstood the importance of the trip. 

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The Bulletin
Apr 3, 2019

The Bulletin: Literal trash fire puts focus on landfills

Landfills in focus after pair of disasters, new firearms laws to be streamlined through Parliament, and generational conflict over climate change in Thames.

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The Bulletin
Apr 2, 2019

The Bulletin: Tauranga moves closer to Golden Triangle train dream

BOP Regional Council to investigate upgrading train lines, PM Ardern in China, and dozens of schools stuck using coal for heating.

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