Jihee Junn

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

Society
Apr 23, 2021

The Happy Place is pure, unadulterated Instagram fodder

Come for the colour, the confetti, the ‘gram – but don’t expect a whole lot more than that.

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Auckland Zoo
Apr 22, 2021

The end of Auckland Zoo’s elephant era

Auckland Zoo on the gutting decision behind the move – and why it's in the best interests of the elephants' long-term future.

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Money
Apr 15, 2021

A beginner's guide to the minimum wage

Why do we need a minimum wage, and is $20 too much or too little?

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Business
Apr 10, 2021

Whatever happened to Onzo bikes?

For almost three years, Onzo’s black and yellow fleet provided an accessible and affordable two-wheel option. Then it disappeared.

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Money
Apr 1, 2021

Benefit rates, the minimum wage, and more. Here’s what today’s changes mean for you

We round up the key legislative changes affecting people's wallets starting Thursday, April 1.

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Money
Mar 31, 2021

Popping the Unfiltered bubble: Jake Millar on how it all went so wrong

From travelling the world interviewing business titans to defending himself from aggrieved investors, the story of Jake Millar and Unfiltered is a true jaw-dropper.

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Money
Mar 23, 2021

KiwiSaver balances plummeted a year ago. Here’s why they recovered so quickly

The steep decline and rapid recovery of KiwiSaver balances took many by surprise. So what made the difference?  

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Money
Mar 2, 2021

Bad vibes for spirituality festival as ticket holders refused refunds due to Covid

'It’s pretty ironic they’re called NZ Spirit Festival when it feels very out of the New Zealand spirit to do this.'

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Food
Feb 24, 2021

Menulog is offering full-service delivery for restaurants. Is it enough to challenge Uber Eats?

Here’s what you need to know about the revamped food delivery service.

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Business
Feb 23, 2021

Why a US-based social app swapped pandemic-hit Portland for Auckland

Go wants users to put down their phones and interact with people in real life, which meant having to make an unexpected change of plans.

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Food
Feb 14, 2021

The cultural nostalgia of ‘Asian’ Spam

The American lunch meat has a special place on dining tables halfway across the world, from the Philippines to Japan to South Korea.

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Business
Feb 11, 2021

From Oompher to Crimson: A brief history of Jake Millar’s Unfiltered

The business has been sold and its founder is off to sub-Saharan Africa, what now?

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Society
Jan 31, 2021

The teen dancer taking over Auckland’s streets – and going viral on TikTok

He’s been popping up all over central and south Auckland, and his moves have found him local TikTok fame. So who is this mysterious dancer?

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Money
Jan 22, 2021

Understanding investing, part two: How to plan

Our guide to stopping procrastinating and actually (finally) getting on top of investing. Because there’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you don’t know a single thing about it.

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Money
Jan 1, 2021

Understanding investing, part one: The basics

How to stop procrastinating and actually (finally) get on top of investing. Because there’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you don’t know a single thing about it. 

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Money
Dec 28, 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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Money
Dec 24, 2020

Eight extraordinary money moments in this heart attack of a year

Recapping the highs and lows of 12 turbulent months. 

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Money
Dec 12, 2020

The supply shortages that could be hitting our shelves this Xmas

It’s the most lucrative time of the year for retailers but a myriad of problems is threatening to change that.

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Money
Dec 3, 2020

Christmas without the clutter: A better alternative to unwanted gift-giving

We've all bought or received gifts we know are never going to be used, which is why The Good Registry has created a way to channel those wasted funds into making a difference.

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Money
Nov 30, 2020

Levelling the playing field: The platform rewarding consumers for their data

In the same way we gig our cars or gig our spare bedrooms, we could soon be able to gig our data.

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Money
Nov 27, 2020

How to avoid getting ripped off in the Black Friday bargain carnival

Black Friday deals aren't always what they seem. 

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Money
Nov 11, 2020

Why the stock market shot up after the vaccine announcement

With a Covid-19 vaccine potentially on the horizon, here's how the markets reacted to the news.

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Business
Nov 11, 2020

What to know about Singles’ Day, the world’s biggest shopping day of the year

You’ve heard of Black Friday, you’ve heard of Cyber Monday, but have you ever heard of mega shopping bonanza Singles' Day? If not, here’s what you need to know about Double 11.

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Money
Nov 9, 2020

Analysis: The online ad campaigns fought over the weed and euthanasia referendums

Which side spent more and why? Jihee Junn crunches the numbers and finds some misleading claims along the way. 

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Politics
Nov 8, 2020

Live updates, November 7-8: Biden declares victory in US election, pledges ‘not to divide but to unify’

All the latest from the 2020 US election and New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

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Flick
Oct 30, 2020

Conscious consumers, beware: green energy isn’t as straightforward as you think

Think you know an energy provider who delivers 100% renewable power to its customers? Think again. 

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