Jihee Junn

Jihee Junn is a staff writer at The Spinoff and former writer at Idealog, StopPress and The Wireless. Email her on jihee@thespinoff.co.nz

Business
Feb 22, 2018

The Primer: why Little Bird Organics wants to sell you shares

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Megan May, founder of whole foods company Little Bird Organics which today launches its first-ever equity crowdfunding campaign with fellow Kiwi company EcoStore.

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Auckland
Feb 16, 2018

Cheat Sheet: How safe is it to swim at Auckland’s beaches?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we explain why swimming at some of Auckland's best beaches might just be a terrible idea.

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Business
Feb 15, 2018

The Primer: NZ's first cold brew-only coffee company

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Harpoon Cold Brew's Arjun Haszard who's in the business of brewing one of the trendiest coffees out there this summer.

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Business
Feb 12, 2018

Waste not, want not: the mission to make festivals, events, and even entire cities, disposable plastic-free

A life in plastic doesn't have to be all bad. Just ask Kiwi company Globelet, whose recycled plastic cups have brought the reusable revolution to some of New Zealand's biggest summer events.

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Business
Feb 7, 2018

The Primer: the app that puts you in touch with local tradies

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Alex Vaz and Nik Ellis, founders of an app that links up builders, plumbers and other tradespeople with jobs that need doing around the house.

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Music
Feb 6, 2018

Weezer on the Black Album, their favourite music videos and touring with Dave Grohl

Before opening for the inimitable Foo Fighters on Saturday night, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner of Weezer sat down with Jihee Junn to talk about what's changed (and what hasn't) during the band's 20+ years making music.

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Business
Feb 5, 2018

NZ’s driverless future is finally here (and coming first to Christchurch Airport)

Driverless cars are all the rage right now, but you don't have to be a Google or Tesla to have your head in the game. Jihee Junn talks to Auckland-based company HMI Technologies about Ohmio, its self-driving subsidiary set to deploy its first shuttles at Christchurch Airport later this year.

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Television
Jan 31, 2018

Is the Props Boy bucket hat poised for a comeback? A Spinoff investigation

The Spinoff asks: is luxury French fashion house Maison Margiela taking inspiration from a 90s Kiwi television icon?

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Business
Jan 25, 2018

The Primer: the company behind packaging made of plants, not plastic

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Tony Small, founder of plant-based packaging company Innocent Packaging.

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Business
Jan 24, 2018

Catering for gender diversity isn’t that hard – just look at how businesses are handling it

Stats NZ's decision to exclude sex, gender and sexuality from the census has come in for strong criticism. But many businesses in New Zealand – most recently Southern Cross Health Society – are already well ahead of the curve.

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Politics
Jan 19, 2018

‘The next day I was back on the job’: the last time a woman PM gave birth in office

A woman prime minister giving birth while in office? It's already happened once in Pakistan. 

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Business
Jan 17, 2018

The Primer: the electrically-powered bikes taking over Kiwi farms

Every week we ask a local business to spill the beans about themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Timothy Allan of Ubco, makers of an electric-powered, eco-friendly alternative to off and on road bikes.

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Business
Jan 15, 2018

Is Paul Ryan really wearing Allbirds sneakers? A Spinoff investigation

The Kiwi footwear has become a favourite of Silicon Valley elites. But are the shoes now furnishing the feet of the top Republican and speaker of the house Paul Ryan? Jihee Junn investigates.

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Business
Jan 11, 2018

Meet the 11-year-old ‘slimetrepreneur’ who’s making money from slime

Kids around the world are flexing their entrepreneurial muscles by making, selling and marketing the latest craze in tactile fun: slime. Jihee Junn talks to one Auckland-based 11-year-old who's decided to cash in.

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Business
Jan 3, 2018

Summer reissue: Inside the Microsoft machine

Jihee Junn visits Microsoft's sprawling headquarters in Seattle to find out how the tech giant is clawing its way back to relevance.

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Business
Dec 23, 2017

The rise of conscious (and convenient) consumerism

'Vote with your wallet' they say, and Conscious Consumers wants to make sure you cast your vote in the right place by linking the values of customers to the businesses that match them.

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Mo Money Less Problems
Dec 22, 2017

Banking without the banks: the state of peer-to-peer lending three years on

In 2014, New Zealand was one of the first countries to legalise peer-to-peer lending. Jihee Junn takes a look at what effect it's had on the country's borrowers, lenders and financial institutions three years on.

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Business
Dec 19, 2017

Has Steve Madden ripped off this Kiwi brand’s runners?

One of these things is a lot like the other – which is why Allbirds is suing Steve Madden for allegedly copying its signature Wool Runners.

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Business
Dec 17, 2017

The Primer: the not-for-profit getting kids into coding

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Zoe Timbrell and Vaughan Rowsell of OMGTech!, the not-for-profit getting kids into coding and technology through a series of high-tech workshops.

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Business
Dec 7, 2017

The Primer: the dating app that actually sends you on dates

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Elliot Riley, Jess Smith and James McCann, founders of Rendezvous, a dating app that lets you avoid the awkward online pre-chat and cuts straight to the chase.

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Society
Dec 6, 2017

Exposed: the supermarket foods whose health claims leave a bad taste

Now in its second year, the annual Bad Taste Food Awards run by Consumer NZ looks past the marketing hoopla to show some foods aren't quite as harmless as they seem.

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Business
Dec 4, 2017

The award-winning device that tells you when you need to pee

When you need to go, you need to go - unless you’re the type of person who has a hard time telling. Enter Uri-Go, winner of Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize for 2017.

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Business
Nov 22, 2017

A week living under the watchful eye of Nest

Google sister company and darling of the smart home industry Nest has finally arrived in New Zealand. Jihee Junn tries out its range of safety and security products, concluding that while Nest might not be for everyone, stalking people on camera sure is a hell of a lot of fun.

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Business
Nov 20, 2017

The battle over a chicken-alike label is a sign of the meat wars to come

Meat substitute company Sunfed Meats is being taken to the Commerce Commission, accused of misleading consumers over its chicken-free chicken. Jihee Junn looks at how such stoushes are becoming increasingly common as the meat and dairy industries begin to fight back.

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Business
Nov 16, 2017

Sunfed Meats is scaling up as its ‘beef’ and ‘bacon’ prepares to hit shelves

Following the raging success of its chicken-free chicken, Sunfed Meats has announced its expanding production, with cow-free beef and pig-free bacon also set to be on their way.

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Business
Nov 13, 2017

Forget killer robots – it’s humans you should be worrying about instead

When it comes to understanding artificial intelligence, is science fiction just a pesky distraction from the real dangers out there? Microsoft's authority on all things AI seems to think so, reports Jihee Junn.

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