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 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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The Bulletin
Sep 21, 2018

The Bulletin: A rollercoaster day for the government

Government gets timely economic figures boost, Whaitiri's ministerial career is over, and tax working group hedges bets on capital gains.

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The Bulletin
Sep 20, 2018

The Bulletin: Does banking need to change?

Banking in spotlight as Australian saga rumbles on, refugee quota rise confirmed, and more tricky questions over Thompson and Clark.

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The Bulletin
Sep 19, 2018

The Bulletin: Stark stats show youth mental health crisis

Stark stats show youth mental health service crisis, US China trade war could hurt NZ, and Netsafe dismisses complaint over negative media coverage.

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The Bulletin
Sep 18, 2018

The Bulletin: The long war goes on

Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan extended again, homelessness census takes place, and an interesting way of measuring the building boom.

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The Bulletin
Sep 17, 2018

The Bulletin: Plans, priorities and power

12 priority points outlined by the government, new airport proposed for Central Otago, and a brilliant feature on the myth of meritocracy through education.

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The Bulletin
Sep 14, 2018

The Bulletin: Fonterra under scrutiny after big loss

Milk and money spills at Fonterra, Coasters told they'll have to leave after threats from rising seas, and deputy PM Peters addresses coalition rift rumours.

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Politics
Sep 13, 2018

Five times NZ First muscled up on Labour and got away with it

It's being called the most pure MMP government in history. Does that just mean NZ First gets to pull swifties on Labour whenever they feel like it? 

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The Bulletin
Sep 13, 2018

The Bulletin: 1080 direct action comes to Parliament

1080 activism hits Parliamentary forecourt, concerns about NZ First's influence over the government aired, and a long day looms at Fonterra.

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The Bulletin
Sep 12, 2018

The Bulletin: Will primary teachers strike again?

Teachers not impressed by new pay offer, attempt to use the Harmful Digital Communications Act to fight bad press, and swamp house family evicted.

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The Bulletin
Sep 11, 2018

The Bulletin: What will te reo teaching look like in 2025?

Māori language week starts te reo teaching conversation, Tax Working Group looking likely to reject capital gains tax, and landlords propose alternative to rental WOFs.

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The Bulletin
Sep 10, 2018

The Bulletin: PM Ardern under the pump

PM starts new week after three on the back foot, Herald launches economic inequality series, and huge house building programme announced for Mt Roskill.

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Media
Sep 8, 2018

Praise be! Churches will pray for the media this Sunday

This weekend, at hundreds of churches around New Zealand, congregations will offer up a prayer for the media. Why?

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The Bulletin
Sep 7, 2018

The Bulletin: Parliament hears dire data on ocean plastic

Parliament hears dire data on ocean plastics, Provincial Growth Fund to spend millions for 3 jobs, and minister Clare Curran on personal leave.

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Television
Sep 7, 2018

All Blacks vs The Warriors: The official Spinoff guide to what to watch

In a case of terrible timing, one set of The Boys are playing at the same time as the other set of The Boys this weekend.

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The Bulletin
Sep 6, 2018

The Bulletin: Refugee quota rise in doubt

PM put on the back foot over refugee quota, police reject pay offer, and some juicy local government drama unfolds in Cromwell.

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The Bulletin
Sep 5, 2018

The Bulletin: Harness racing rocked by raids

Harness racing rocked by police raids, reporter detained in Nauru, and former Māori Party co-leader deep in debt. 

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LATE at the Museum
Sep 5, 2018

‘So much unfinished business’: Helen Clark on feminism, factions and equality

Helen Clark is back, with a new book collecting her speeches from four decades in public life. She discusses her extraordinary career, and where she's headed next.

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The Bulletin
Sep 4, 2018

The Bulletin: Five Eyes glare at encryption

Spy agencies want ways around encrypted devices, rift opens in government over refugee quota, and Bridges rules out supporting compulsory te reo.

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The Bulletin
Sep 3, 2018

The Bulletin: AirBnb rates hike ire sums up Auckland housing

AirBnb rates hike ire sums up Auckland housing, health minister accused of cronyism, and calls to change Hamilton's name.

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The Bulletin
Aug 31, 2018

The Bulletin: Govt finishes week another minister down

Government loses another minister within a week, plans to override the Auckland Unitary Plan, and methane in focus for new climate change report.

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The Bulletin
Aug 30, 2018

The Bulletin: Burger King hit with whopper hiring ban

Regulator flame grills fast food company over minimum wage breaches, swampy rental property exposed, and dodgy door to door sales tactics revealed.

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The Bulletin
Aug 29, 2018

The Bulletin: Soft steps for big business push

Government makes moves on business confidence, National wants US military whistleblower kept out of NZ, and schools strugging with stand-down rates.

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The Bulletin
Aug 28, 2018

The Bulletin: Government signals intent on renting

Government signals intent on renting and tenancy laws, gang tensions in Whanganui, and the humanities are under pressure at two universities.  

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Politics
Aug 27, 2018

Taxpayer cash for the All Blacks would be self-defeating stupidity

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has suggested the government should help the All Blacks retain key players. That's ridiculous, says Alex Braae.

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The Bulletin
Aug 27, 2018

The Bulletin: Animal rights hit the agenda

Animal rights concerns hit the agenda, tenancy law changes set to be announced, and PM Ardern gives her first minister the boot.

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The Bulletin
Aug 24, 2018

The Bulletin: How will Lucky Country chaos affect NZ?

Something major is going down in Australia today, two stories of troubling inaction on sexual assault, and m. bovis fears at massive feedlot.

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