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 27, 2020

The Bulletin: Massive workforce boost for horticulture sector

Massive workforce boost for horticulture sector, wild opening day at parliament, and dwindling specialist doctor workforce raises burnout fears.

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The Bulletin
Nov 26, 2020

The Bulletin: Soldier with far-right ties on spying charges

Soldier with far-right ties on spying charges, bright line test could be extended, and Oranga Tamariki boss Grainne Moss will not be resigning. 

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Sports
Nov 26, 2020

Everything you need to know about the very different 2020/21 summer of cricket

New broadcasters, a new Boxing Day test venue, and new selection problems for the Black Caps.

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Politics
Nov 25, 2020

New Conservative deputy quits one week in, deepening leadership tumult

The fallout continues from the post-election leadership change in the New Conservatives.

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The Bulletin
Nov 25, 2020

The Bulletin: Pepper spray, solitary confinement incidents show prison culture

Shocking incidents show prison culture, exchange of letters over monetary policy more exciting than it sounds, and Auckland locations close over Covid warning.

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The Bulletin
Nov 24, 2020

The Bulletin: Shifts in foreign policy since the elections

Shifts in foreign policy since the elections, government increasingly looking to fast-track through RMA, and Andy Foster gets into bizarre tent tangle.

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The Bulletin
Nov 23, 2020

The Bulletin: Contrasting visions on National’s defeat and future

Contrasting visions on National's defeat and future, St Johns ambulance in deep funding hole, and Tauranga mayor quits with call to sack council.

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The Bulletin
Nov 20, 2020

The Bulletin: New wave of bank closures hitting the regions

New wave of bank closures hitting the regions, Australia rocked by war crimes report, and ten years since Pike River marked.

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Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Coup Conservatives? Leader ousted to make way for ‘outspoken’ Elliot Ikilei

After a disappointing election result, Leighton Baker is out as the leader of the New Conservatives, with his former deputy taking over.

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Business
Nov 19, 2020

Did you get a weird text about a UPS package? It’s probably a scam

Just in time for fraud awareness week, a new phishing scam is sweeping through the mobile phones of the country

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The Bulletin
Nov 19, 2020

The Bulletin: 5 million Covid vaccines on the way in major new agreement

5 million Covid vaccines on the way in major new agreement, new tourism minister confirms change in industry focus, and an outstanding outline of the current drug law mess.

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Business
Nov 19, 2020

In defence of backpackers

Stuart Nash wants to refocus the tourism industry on high-net-worth individuals. Will anyone stick up for the backpackers? 

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The Bulletin
Nov 18, 2020

Mince and cheese to pepper shroom: The evolution of the petrol station pie

In a time of changing tastes, diets, supply chains and ways of working, Goodtime Pies has been forced to constantly adapt.

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The Bulletin
Nov 18, 2020

The Bulletin: Stories of the modern housing crisis

Stories of the modern housing crisis, commerce commission to study supermarket industry, and Tauranga’s local government civil war deepens.

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Business
Nov 17, 2020

What is RCEP and why are we in it? The major trade deal you’ve barely heard of

It's a big deal in the trade world, but RCEP has been a pretty low-key project.

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The Bulletin
Nov 16, 2020

The Bulletin: Decision day for mandatory masking

Decision day for mandatory masking, NZ signs on to major Asian trade deal, and Trump’s Kiwi sits down for extensive interview.

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The Bulletin
Nov 13, 2020

The Bulletin: Auckland to learn today about alert level change

Rapid response taken to new community Covid case, calls for urgency on sick leave increase, and the situation internationally.

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The Bulletin
Nov 12, 2020

The Bulletin: Housing kingpins safe for now after Reserve Bank changes

Property market set for scorching summer after Reserve Bank announcements, National makes big reshuffle, and Auckland Council facing much bigger deficit.

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Society
Nov 11, 2020

Cool climate move or hot air? Waiheke unveils new electric buses

For a whole lot of Auckland notables, the hottest ticket in town this week has been a trip to see the unveiling of Waiheke Island's new electric buses.

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The Bulletin
Nov 11, 2020

The Bulletin: Rain still falling in hard-hit Napier

Rain still falling in hard-hit Napier, Covid-19 vaccine news comes with a catch, and government’s books in a better shape than expected.

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The Bulletin
Nov 10, 2020

The Bulletin: Benefit increase before Christmas ruled out by PM

PM rules out increasing core benefit levels before Christmas, Napier hit with both water restrictions and flooding emergency, and NZ exports to UK under threat over rodeo concerns.

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Business
Nov 10, 2020

Christmas crunch coming for retailers as ports experience massive backlogs

Critical capacity issues at ports around New Zealand are making retailers worried that they won’t be able to import stock ahead of the Christmas rush.

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The Bulletin
Nov 9, 2020

The Bulletin: Tough week looms for National

Tough week looms for National, PM congratulates president-elect Joe Biden, and community case acts as another reminder to use the Covid app.

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Politics
Nov 6, 2020

10 buzzy bits of trivia about the final election results

What changed in the final analysis after the special votes came in?

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The Bulletin
Nov 6, 2020

The Bulletin: Post-election politics begins, legal wrangles could swing US election

Protests and legal challenges as US election counting continues, Ardern sets out government’s economic plans, and special votes released today could swing seats.

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The Bulletin
Nov 5, 2020

The Bulletin: Trump claims fraud with Biden holding slight edge

Trump claims fraud with Biden holding slight edge, unemployment rate rise not as bad as feared, and Kim Dotcom extradition case to drag on further.

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