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

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
Mar 6, 2019

The Bulletin: MPs take sides on student climate strikes

MPs weigh in on upcoming student climate strikes, backpackers speak out about NZ work conditions, and sex crime reports still not resulting in charges.

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The Bulletin
Mar 5, 2019

The Bulletin: Govt can't and won't help captured Kiwi jihadist

Govt offers no help for captured Kiwi jihadist, aid programmes under review after allegations, and calls to make dental care available to all.

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The Bulletin
Mar 4, 2019

The Bulletin: Goff promises tough love if re-elected

Phil Goff confirms he'll run for another term as Auckland mayor, Greens unveil members bill with sweeping electoral changes, and real estate agents are giving up.

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Society
Mar 3, 2019

How freaked out should we be about the measles news?

More and more cases of the scary spotty disease measles are popping up in the news.

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Society
Mar 2, 2019

School kids are going on strike to fight climate change. How will schools react?

The actions of two Auckland schools show competing visions on how to deal with the activism.

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The Bulletin
Mar 1, 2019

The Bulletin: Police tooling up – a sign of the future?

Police order to be armed in Canterbury raises debate, Local Government NZ calls for more devolution, and appalling rates of strangulation cases revealed.

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Food
Feb 28, 2019

Ending the magical thinking on compostable packaging

Is switching to compostable packaging a solution for New Zealand's plastic problem? Don't get too excited too soon, warn experts.

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The Bulletin
Feb 28, 2019

The Bulletin: Crisis erupts between India and Pakistan

Military crisis erupts between India and Pakistan, top marine biologist disowns Te Papa connection, and DHBs still desperate for nurses.

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The Bulletin
Feb 27, 2019

The Bulletin: The sorry saga of Mainzeal

High court rules on sorry saga of construction company Mainzeal, John Tamihere rejected by Labour, and Dunedin losing historic Presbyterian churches.

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The Bulletin
Feb 26, 2019

The Bulletin: Door opened to GE Free debate

Door opened to debate on GE Free policy, dollar figure put on the health cost of poor housing, and self-ID bill deferred by minister Tracey Martin.

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The Bulletin
Feb 25, 2019

The Bulletin: Public health pitch with new rental standards

Public health pitch in new rental standards, serious concerns raised about Man Up programme, and National puts out new ideas on the environment. 

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The Bulletin
Feb 22, 2019

The Bulletin: Environment taxes firmly back on agenda

Tax Working Group puts environment taxes on the agenda, social worker registration bill questioned, and DHBs bleeding red ink.

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The Bulletin
Feb 21, 2019

The Bulletin: British politics implodes with defections left and right

More defections shake British politics, massive hole in NZ's biosecurity defences revealed, and Privacy Commissioner makes intervention in self-ID debate.

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The Bulletin
Feb 20, 2019

The Bulletin: Social housing list balloons amid heavy demand

Social housing list balloons amid heavy demand, bizarre development in NZ-China relations takes in former PM, and another species of foreign fruit fly found.

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The Bulletin
Feb 19, 2019

The Bulletin: Is that it for tech giant tax?

Tax on tech giants proposed but doesn't go far, peace may be breaking out in China stoush, and the incredible story of two brothers vs the Avondale Business Association. 

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Science
Feb 19, 2019

Single use plastic is piling up. Is pyrolysis the answer?

With global angst mounting about the buildup of plastic ending up in landfills and the environment, chemists and materials scientists are considering pyrolysis as an option.

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The Bulletin
Feb 18, 2019

The Bulletin: No clear solutions for Eden Park crisis

No good solutions for financial crisis at Eden Park, sharp response to NZ-China tourism stories, and Devonport fruit store owner faces heavy fruit fly costs.

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Sports
Feb 16, 2019

See the Wellington Phoenix now, because this magic won’t last

For once, the Wellington Phoenix are actually cool.

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The Bulletin
Feb 15, 2019

The Bulletin: Wild rental inflation for Wellington

Wild rental inflation hits Wellington, an end to tenure review system has been announced, and confirmation comes of Chinese squeeze on tourism.

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The Bulletin
Feb 14, 2019

The Bulletin: What to do about China challenge?

Good morning, and welcome to The Bulletin. In today's edition: China conundrum deepens for New Zealand's diplomats, massive shakeup for polytechs signalled, and seagulls under serious threat. The relationship between the New …

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The Bulletin
Feb 13, 2019

The Bulletin: Nelson fires show climate future

Nelson fires give glimpse of climate change future, mystery over Air NZ flight seems to be solved, and working class suburbs experience house price boom.

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Science
Feb 12, 2019

How the fertiliser of the future could help save New Zealand’s environment

Harvard professor Dan Nocera's research in the creation of a new type of fertiliser, shared at the MacDiarmid Institute’s AMN9 conference, could have dramatic implications for New Zealand.

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The Bulletin
Feb 12, 2019

The Bulletin: First poll spells disaster for Nats

First published poll of the year spells disaster for National, China-NZ tourism promotion yanked, and rural firefighters struggling to find water.

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The Bulletin
Feb 11, 2019

The Bulletin: Pride not the disaster many predicted

Pride events take place over weekend in Auckland, analysis of why the Air NZ flight was turned back from China, and working groups abound on mental health.

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Science
Feb 11, 2019

Mothers, daughters and overcoming bias in the science world

Does the way science gets passed down through generations make it harder for girls to get into? And what can help change that? Alex Braae reports from the first day of the 9th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

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The Bulletin
Feb 8, 2019

The Bulletin: How National plans to take back power in 2020

National plans approach to regaining government in 2020, fishing industry letter about onboard cameras to Stuart Nash revealed, and unemployment up.

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