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
Jan 9, 2019

Where politicians victimise their own citizens: a dispatch from the US shutdown

The US federal government shutdown is a case of political and economic vandalism, committed by politicians against the people who elected them, writes Alex Braae from the USA.

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Media
Dec 5, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 5

Today: Alex Braae on why you should pay for journalism.

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Politics
Dec 4, 2018

What you need to know about the mental health inquiry report

Thousands of views were taken in, meetings were held up and down the country, experts were questioned, and it all fed into a massive report on the state of our mental health system.

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The Bulletin
Dec 4, 2018

The Bulletin: Nightmare dangers for nurses

Dangers faced by nurses explodes into focus, teachers look to the Middle East for better money, and new research backs benefits of cycleways.

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The Bulletin
Dec 3, 2018

The Bulletin: Pandora’s box of Parliamentary bullying

Fallout begins immediately from review into parliamentary bullying, a phenomenal piece of mental health journalism featured, and National's polling bounces back.

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The Bulletin
Nov 30, 2018

The Bulletin: Small scope of medicinal cannabis changes criticised

Small scope of medicinal cannabis changes criticised, big chunk of cash for the West Coast, and Karel Sroubek speaks out.

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Lightbox
Nov 29, 2018

Vikings recap: Rollo’s return and the big celibate sword

What do the TV gods have in store for the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, as season 5 of Vikings returns?

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The Bulletin
Nov 29, 2018

The Bulletin: Stuff shows the way on climate coverage

Shift in media mindset shown by Stuff's climate change coverage, GCSB blocks Chinese telco tech company, and Greens push for prisoner voting rights.

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The Bulletin
Nov 28, 2018

The Bulletin: Will workplace law changes satisfy everyone?

Major workplace reform bill moves forward, dire warning for Hutt Valley from climate change, and plans are afoot to pedestrianise large parts of Auckland City.

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Media
Nov 27, 2018

Who wore it stupider? Comparing Hosking and Hawkesby on cycling

Newstalk ZB listeners were treated to not one but two absurd opinion pieces from the hosts this morning, on a modest new government proposal to get kids cycling.  

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The Bulletin
Nov 27, 2018

The Bulletin: China conundrum for government amid outcry

Open letter on China aimed at government, no new taxes if Simon Bridges is elected to government, and three issues could be on the ballot in 2020.

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Society
Nov 26, 2018

An urgent plea on the debate over Santa’s gender

The furore over whether or not Santa can be a woman has roared through the New Zealand mediasphere over the weekend, and even into this morning.

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The Bulletin
Nov 26, 2018

The Bulletin: School’s out, everyone is going on strike

Secondary school teachers vote overwhelmingly for strikes, PM steps in to stop NZDF court costs bid, and Sky TV has a new sport focused CEO.

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The Bulletin
Nov 23, 2018

The Bulletin: Radical restructure of Māori TV news

Radical restructure of Māori TV's news announced, key City Rail Link firm goes bust, and Kiwibank responds to branch closure criticism.

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The Bulletin
Nov 22, 2018

The Bulletin: Call for sunlight at Hit and Run inquiry

Call for Hit and Run inquiry to be open and transparent, scale of risk from rising sea levels revealed, and paracetamol supplies could run short.

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The Bulletin
Nov 21, 2018

The Bulletin: What the flood is going on down South?

Cleanup looms after Southern flooding, National party maintains volume of written questions barrage, and Fletcher shares take a hammering.

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Society
Nov 20, 2018

What would real climate action actually look like?

A coalition of 150 scientists have written an open letter calling for faster and more comprehensive action on climate change. But what could that actually look like in practice?

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The Bulletin
Nov 20, 2018

The Bulletin: Minister moves to overhaul Early Childhood Education

Minister announces major new ECE plan, climate scientist sign open letter calling for more real climate action, and water rationing considered in Hawke's Bay.

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Business
Nov 19, 2018

Why’s it so hard for builders to make money in a construction boom?

Kiwi builders have never been in hotter demand, but red tape is making it nearly impossible to get ahead. Alex Braae spoke to builders and bankers about the state of the construction industry.

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The Bulletin
Nov 19, 2018

The Bulletin: NZ to stay stuck in the middle at APEC

NZ tries to avoid picking a side in heavyweight trade war, Hamilton bus strikes escalate on both sides, and outspoken academic's car sabotaged. 

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Media
Nov 16, 2018

‘You’re a racist!’ Radio talkback host explodes at rugby bigot

In a dramatic moment on the radio airwaves, a sports talkback host put the theory of giving nothing to racism into practice. 

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The Bulletin
Nov 16, 2018

The Bulletin: Commercial water bottlers plead their case

Water bottlers plead their case, concerns around cultural competency of overseas teachers, and govt. confirms it won't restructure Māori Council.

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Unitec5
Nov 15, 2018

The future of work is still in the office

With the nature of work changing, companies are reforming how offices are set up and how their staff work, in an effort to get better outcomes for everyone. Alex Braae checked out two of New Zealand's biggest companies to find out more.

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Politics
Nov 15, 2018

But seriously, wtf is going on with Brexit?

Could there finally be a solution to the destructive drama of Brexit?

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The Bulletin
Nov 15, 2018

The Bulletin: Fine lines for Ardern to walk on Summit Circuit

PM Ardern at a series of international summits this week, Pike River plan revealed, and NZ to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup.

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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
Nov 13, 2018

The Bulletin: Nothing to see here, says Haumaha inquiry report

Wally Haumaha appointment inquiry report comes back clean, primary and secondary teachers to mull united front, and how will Rocket Lab make money?

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