Jihee Junn

Jihee Junn is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on jihee@thespinoff.co.nz

Society
Jun 17, 2018

I went to the Gatsby party at the Toy Mansion and all I got was an empty bottle of Moët

New Zealand's young entrepreneurial elite recently gathered at the famed Dotcom/Toy Mansion for a night of glamour, gowns and abundant champagne. Jihee Junn reluctantly went along.

Read on.

Business
Jun 15, 2018

The agency tracking social media sentiment in real time

This week on The Primer, we talk to David Bowes, CEO of insights agency Zavy, which helps businesses understand in simple, visual terms what all this social media fuss is about. 

Read on.

Business
Jun 14, 2018

Meat-free, dairy-free, and made in New Zealand

Chicken without the bird, milk without the cow: meet the five Kiwi startups catapulting vegan alternatives into the mouths of mainstream consumers.

Read on.


Business
Jun 12, 2018

The Kiwi behind the ‘cheaper, faster, more eco-friendly’ alternative to Bitcoin

Craig MacGregor is one of the founding developers of NavCoin, an alternative cryptocurrency that's gaining steam around the world.

Read on.

Business
Jun 2, 2018

Airbnb marches on, as Auckland prepares for a ‘bed tax’ for hosts

Auckland's 'bed tax' is set to be extended to homes listed on sites like Airbnb. What does this mean for hosts? And are other regions set to follow?

Read on.

Business
May 29, 2018

At the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards, diversity was the winner on the day

The winners of this year’s Hi-Tech Awards showcased how New Zealand wasn't just good in tech, but good for tech as well, with gender diversity and cultural inclusion taking centre stage more than ever before. 

Read on.

Society
May 28, 2018

Victim condemns police inaction over 2015 complaint about ‘Insta-scammer’

More than 20 people have been in touch with The Spinoff accusing Dommy Topia of fraudulent behaviour. And now it's been revealed that Topia has been known to police for years.

Read on.

Business
May 24, 2018

Buy a mascara, save someone’s sight: Meet NZ makeup brand Indigo & Iris

Indigo & Iris CEO Hannah Duder talks about the company's new Levitate mascara, how it's helping to end avoidable blindness in the Pacific, and the challenges of being a social enterprise in New Zealand.

Read on.

Music
May 21, 2018

Courtney Barnett wants you to tell her how you really feel

Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is back with her second solo release, trading wry and acerbic for something a little more earnest.

Read on.

Business
May 17, 2018

The postnatal nurse pushing back on watered-down, nutrient-void baby food

Every week on The Primer we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Little Angels founder Heather Baker.

Read on.

Business
May 14, 2018

For the love of ugly fruit, a Hawke’s Bay juice company has a solution

Hawke's Bay juice makers The Apple Press say they don't care about looks, just "good taste and low-waste".

Read on.

Business
May 11, 2018

How Parkable is helping drivers make the most of Auckland’s wasted space

This week on The Primer we talk to Parkable co-founder Brody Nelson whose business is using technology to shake up traditional parking.

Read on.

Business
May 10, 2018

How the Mahu City Express is making outer suburb commuting a car-free reality

Faced with a lack of public transport options to his home in Warkworth, Julian Ostling launched his own private bus company which now runs from Warkworth to the CBD six times a day, five days a week.

Read on.

Society
May 5, 2018

Dozens come forward to accuse Insta-scammer of swindling them out of thousands

Since The Spinoff broke the story behind 'The 21 NZ', many more people have come forward accusing Dommy Topia of scamming them out of thousands of dollars, with incidents dating back as far as 2012.

Read on.

Business
May 4, 2018

The waste-busting business that wants to help you reduce household rubbish

In this week's Primer, we talk to Kristy Lorson, the founder of popular Facebook group Zero Waste in NZ!, about her latest business venture, EarthSavvy.

Read on.

Society
May 3, 2018

The Instagram scammer who ripped off NZ’s top social media influencers (UPDATED)

A NZ video maker has been accused of being a scammer by numerous Instagram users, who say he used stories of terminal illness and family death to emotionally manipulate people into handing over cash.

Read on.

Business
May 1, 2018

What is the ‘Amazon tax’ and why does it matter?

In today's Cheat Sheet, we take a look at the so-called 'Amazon tax' and what it means for local retailers and consumers.

Read on.

Business
May 1, 2018

Who’s the most innovative hi-tech service of them all?

With the winners of the Hi-Tech Awards set to be announced later this month, Jihee Junn takes a look at the talented four nominated for Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service.

Read on.

Business
Apr 30, 2018

Alibaba is coming for Amazon’s online-shopping crown

Jihee Junn travelled to its headquarters in China to see Alibaba's complex ecosystem in action and find out New Zealand companies are using it to leverage their entry into the Chinese market.

Read on.

Business
Apr 26, 2018

The AI-powered chatbot that can help you learn te reo Māori

Jihee Junn talks to Jason Lovell of Reobot, an IBM Watson-powered chatbot that allows you to practise conversational Māori via Facebook Messenger.

Read on.

Music
Apr 23, 2018

Nine years later, The Killers are back in town with a touch of glam

Auckland turned out for a packed out show at Spark Arena for The Killers - the band's first in New Zealand since 2009. Jihee Junn sat down with drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr before the show.

Read on.

Business
Apr 20, 2018

How Goodnest wants to be the Uber for home cleaning

We talk to James MacAvoy, co-founder of Goodnest, which is a lot like Uber, but for getting your house cleaned.

Read on.

Business
Apr 20, 2018

How one worker fought back after BizDojo Auckland’s collapse left her out of pocket

BizDojo was founded as a co-working community for startups. But following the collapse of its Auckland branch, former staff have accused it of bullying and unpaid redundancy. This is how one worker fought back and won.

Read on.

Business
Apr 18, 2018

Ten young entrepreneurs New Zealanders should know about

Wisdom and experience come with age, but these young people are proving to be wise beyond their years. We've picked out ten Kiwi business moguls aged 30-years or under that are promising good things for the future of New Zealand business.

Read on.

Business
Apr 16, 2018

Five small businesses explain how and why they pay their staff a living wage

A handful of employers in the retail, hospitality, food manufacturing and events industry have gone above and beyond by paying all their staff at least $20.55 per hour. Here, they explain the reasons why – and how they manage to do it.

Read on.

Business
Apr 12, 2018

The company taking your unwanted paper and upcycling it into notebooks

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Kareena Harris from The Misprint Co, makers of bespoke upcycled paper notebooks.

Read on.

The Spinoff is made possible by the generous support of the following organisations.
Please help us by supporting them.