Jihee Junn

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

Politics
Jun 30, 2020

See ya, sweeties: The greatest hits of Paula Bennett MP

After 15 years in parliament, National MP Paula Bennett has officially announced she’s quitting politics. Here, we round up some of her most memorable moments.

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Food
Jun 21, 2020

'New Korean' restaurant Gochu is giving classic flavours a modern twist

The duo behind Parnell eatery Simon & Lee talk Gochu, their latest venture in Auckland’s Commercial Bay.

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Money
Jun 16, 2020

Risky business: Why playing it safe with your finances isn't always the best bet

'Risk' isn't a popular concept in these uncertain times, but rather than running for the hills, think about your goals and assess the risks accordingly.

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Money
Jun 11, 2020

The Vic Deals community is imploding over claims of racism and hypocrisy

One of the largest community Facebook groups in New Zealand has being roiled by a controversy over free speech and Black Lives Matter.

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Business
Jun 10, 2020

Fashion house Ingrid Starnes to close all retail as Commercial Bay store opens

The local fashion industry takes another hit with Ingrid Starnes closing its stores after more than a decade.

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Money
Jun 7, 2020

The giant Work and Income benefits bungle, explained

For years, Work and Income has been telling New Zealanders they couldn't get the benefit until their redundancy payments ran out. Turns out, it was wrong.

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Society
Jun 2, 2020

In pictures: The Black Lives Matter solidarity march, Auckland

Here’s what went down as thousands of New Zealanders took to the streets in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

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Tech
May 27, 2020

What digital contact tracing looks like around the world

A week ago, New Zealand launched its official contact tracing app. So how does it compare to some of those overseas?

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Money
May 19, 2020

The psychology of why we accept pay cuts

With many workers being asked to take voluntary pay cuts, it begs the question: why are so many of us compelled to accept?

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Food
May 14, 2020

Hospitality sector reacts to Budget 2020: ‘I’m not as terrified as I was before’

What does this year's budget mean for one of the hardest-hit sectors post-lockdown?

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Money
May 13, 2020

Online shopping soared at level three. So what have we actually been buying?

Gaming consoles, exercise bikes, DVDs and paint – turns out what we’re buying says a lot about what we’ve been doing in lockdown.

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Money
Apr 22, 2020

What it’s like to field your KiwiSaver concerns during Covid-19

Answering hundreds of calls a day from anxious KiwiSaver investors, Kiwi Wealth’s head of customer services paints a picture of how some New Zealanders are handling the downturn.

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Society
Apr 7, 2020

Helping people say goodbye, apart: A funeral director on life under lockdown

Jihee Junn talks to an Auckland-based funeral director about what their job has been like under Covid-19. 

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Money
Mar 26, 2020

What it’s like to make billion-dollar investment decisions during Covid-19

Kiwi Wealth’s head of fixed interest shares her thoughts and experience on how to get through these challenging times.

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Covid-19
Mar 26, 2020

A whole bunch of questions about the Covid-19 lockdown, answered

What is open and what is closed? Can I take my pet to the vet? And what if I need a takeaway coffee?

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Society
Mar 23, 2020

What does the shutdown mean for schools, ECEs and universities?

With New Zealand moving to the highest Covid-19 alert level within 48 hours, here's how schools and early childhood facilities will be affected.

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Society
Mar 12, 2020

Covid-19: Trump suspends all travel from Europe to the US. What we know so far

Several major events across the US have also been postponed or cancelled, including the NBA season after a player tests positive. 

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Money
Mar 5, 2020

Risk-averse and big on houses: Our long-running attitudes towards investing

How history and culture have shaped our approach to investing and why, despite our 'rockstar economy', many are feeling left out. 

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Money
Mar 3, 2020

People are trying to make crazy money off Covid-19

Covid-19 price gouging? It's happening. Here are just a few things people are trying to sell for crazy prices off the back of coronavirus.

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Money
Mar 1, 2020

Cheat sheet: Default KiwiSaver funds ‘go green’

Fossil fuels and illegal weapons get the boot as the government announces changes to default funds.

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Money
Feb 25, 2020

The rise of New Zealand’s renters by choice

Homeownership has long been touted as the great Kiwi dream, but not everyone’s looking for a permanent fix.

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KiwiSaver
Feb 20, 2020

Understanding KiwiSaver, part three: The ethics

Being in the right KiwiSaver fund isn’t just a financial issue – it’s a social and moral issue as well. 

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Business
Feb 17, 2020

Stasher: The ‘Airbnb for luggage’ launches in NZ

UK company Stasher allows travellers to store their luggage while offering local businesses a way to earn extra cash. The CEO Jacob Wedderburn-Day explains how the business works.

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Business
Feb 12, 2020

Karen Walker on why she closed The Department Store after 10 years

After a decade in business on Auckland’s North Shore, the multi-storey complex that once attracted out-of-town shoppers has finally closed its doors.

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Business
Feb 4, 2020

What impact will coronavirus have on New Zealand’s economy?

As China rushes to contain the deadly coronavirus which has killed more than 360 people, what effects will it have on some of New Zealand's key industries?

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Vodafone
Jan 29, 2020

How much will 5G transform New Zealand business, really?

In a world where we're already conditioned to expect near-instantaneous speed from our mobile internet, what kind of change can we actually expect to see from 5G?

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