Jihee Junn

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

Business
Apr 20, 2018

The Primer: the Uber for home cleaning

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Business
Apr 6, 2018

The Primer: the Kiwi duo championing high-end carry-on luggage

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Jimmy Hayes, co-founder of innovative carry-on luggage company Minaal.

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Business
Apr 5, 2018

Cheat Sheet: What’s happening with the Takata airbag recall?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, it’s all about the government's compulsory recall of Takata airbags.

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Business
Apr 5, 2018

Kai on wheels: how Pūhā & Pākehā is taking Māori cuisine to the masses

Pūhā & Pākehā's Belinda McKay talks about filling a gap in the market, the challenges of cooking fusion food, and why a permanent restaurant might well be on the horizon.

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Television
Mar 31, 2018

Sky, Mediaworks and TVNZ unite to try and save television

For the greater good of television, three industry heavyweights put their differences aside for the launch of ThinkTV New Zealand.

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Business
Mar 29, 2018

The Primer: the care packages developed by students, for students

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to the founders of Kimera, a subscription box service that sends treats to your loved ones studying away from home. 

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Business
Mar 28, 2018

The honesty box enters the 21st century

The humble honesty box enters the 21st-century thanks to one Taranaki-based developer's new app: My Honesty Box. 

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Business
Mar 26, 2018

The Kiwi toy entrepreneur who knows what’s going to be huge this Christmas

Nick Mowbray, the brains behind the brand that brought us Robo Fish, X-Shot and Bunch O Balloons, talks to Jihee Junn about YouTube, sustainability and the $27 million loss caused by the collapse of US retailer Toys 'R' Us.

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Business
Mar 23, 2018

The Primer: the Kiwi beauty brand that wants you to #giveupthebottle and pick up the bar

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Brianne West, founder of sustainable, plastic-free cosmetics company Ethique. 

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Business
Mar 22, 2018

Cash, crypto and crowdlending: meet New Zealand’s rising FinTech future

From a platform that lends support to the Māori economy to a system to donate your transactions fees to charitable causes, this year's cohort for the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator promises big things for the future of the country's financial system.

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Business
Mar 14, 2018

The Primer: the car-sharing service putting electric vehicles on Wellington’s roads

We talk to Mevo CEO Erik Zydervelt, whose company provides Wellingtonians with app-based, on-demand access to electric vehicles.

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Business
Mar 10, 2018

The Primer: the gender-neutral clothes freeing kids from stereotypes

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Freedom Kids' Rachel Hansen.

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Business
Mar 9, 2018

Head to head: Menulog vs UberEats

It's food delivery app versus food delivery app as we pit the industry's two main competitors in a head to head battle. Which one is fastest, cheapest and easiest to use?

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Society
Mar 7, 2018

What we know about assault in New Zealand – in graphs

What do deprivation, bar location and time of day all have in common? They all affect the rate of assault in New Zealand.

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Society
Mar 4, 2018

Why the Health Star Ratings are a load of bullshit

After enduring years of criticism for its 4.5 Health Star Rating, Milo announced this week that it would remove the rating from its powdered products altogether.

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Business
Mar 1, 2018

Cheat Sheet: What’s the big deal with Krispy Kreme?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Jihee Junn finds out what all the fuss is about with global doughnut brand Krispy Kreme, which launched in New Zealand this week.

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Business
Mar 1, 2018

The Primer: the NZ underwear company employing refugee seamstresses

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Elisha Watson, who quit her full-time job as a lawyer to start Nisa — an organic cotton underwear company that employs women from refugee backgrounds.

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Business
Feb 26, 2018

The app that swallowed Auckland: UberEats, one year on

The concept of food delivery has become synonymous with UberEats for thousands of New Zealanders. Customers love it for its simplicity and convenience, but what about the restaurants?

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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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