Jihee Junn

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

Business
Oct 14, 2019

Joyable: the 'Givealittle of gifting' co-founded by Kimberley Crossman

New collaborative gifting platform Joyable is looking to shake up how we group-purchase gifts. Co-founders Rochelle Sheldon and Kimberley Crossman explain how their latest venture works. 

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Media
Oct 11, 2019

Call me by your name: the personalised Skinny ads freaking people out

Some TVNZ OnDemand viewers have reported feeling alarmed at a series of personalised ads calling them out by their names. So how does it work? Jihee Junn finds out.

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Business
Oct 6, 2019

The new 3D-printed solution for breast cancer survivors

How New Zealand startup myReflection is making bespoke, affordable, mass-produced breast prostheses using 3D printing.

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Politics
Oct 3, 2019

Cheat sheet: the plan to drive down power prices

What effect will the government’s changes to the electricity market have on consumers? Here’s what you need to know. What’s happening? The government has just announced a series of changes designed to …

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Society
Sep 26, 2019

Auckland Council’s plan to reduce its emissions, from farms to fleet

From declaring a climate emergency to setting a 1.5 degree regional target, Auckland Council has repeatedly emphasised its commitment to doing its bit to tackle climate change. The question is, how exactly does it plan to do that?

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Business
Sep 25, 2019

Why sustainable business makes for better business

Sustainability is no longer just a ‘nice to have’ for businesses – it’s as pivotal as profit to their long term survival.

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Business
Sep 15, 2019

The Kiwi business bringing nature back to modern medicine

Antibiotics are becoming increasingly less effective, so what treatments might we look to when the drugs stop working?

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Business
Sep 13, 2019

From kia ora to kimono: the trademarks accused of ‘cultural appropriation’

Companies trademarking culturally significant words and phrases? It's not as uncommon as you think.

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Business
Sep 2, 2019

The truth behind Fe-Cál Kids

That poop-inspired kid's clothing brand you keep seeing everywhere? Turns out it’s a viral marketing stunt.

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Business
Aug 30, 2019

Parkable, the ‘Airbnb for parking’, raises $4.6 million led by Spark

Spark ramps up its Internet of Things (IoT) network with a leading investment in Kiwi tech company Parkable. 

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Society
Aug 24, 2019

Meet Cecilia Kang, Fashion Week’s first trans designer

The Korean-NZ designer talks about growing up 'feminine', being influenced by the LGBTQ+ community, and why an 'administrative error' left her so shaken up

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Society
Aug 21, 2019

Review: The flawed fantasy of Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sometimes, less is more. Even when it comes to Quentin Tarantino. 

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Music
Aug 16, 2019

Carrie Brownstein: ‘People get very precious about what Sleater-Kinney is capable of’

Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein on the band’s ninth studio album, working with St Vincent, and the departure of bandmate and drummer, Janet Weiss.

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Business
Aug 12, 2019

Slack founder’s message to users: Stop using Slack all day

Is Slack really the force for productivity it claims to be, or just another form of social media in disguise?

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Politics
Aug 5, 2019

Cheat sheet: New cancer treatment for regions announced

Jacinda Ardern has announced the first part of a cancer plan for the regions, hot on the heels of National's cancer agency pledge. Here's what you need to know.

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Business
Aug 1, 2019

What’s the deal with TheMarket, the new local challenger to ASOS and Amazon

All the key details on TheMarket, The Warehouse Group's $12 million foray into e-commerce.

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Business
Jul 30, 2019

Putting cheap novelty Wish products to the test

How do Wish products fare in real life? Jihee Junn buys and tries a bunch of random goods.

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Business
Jul 18, 2019

Coffee Supreme goes from cafes to co-working

Instead of buying a cuppa in exchange for a place to work, Coffee Supreme is switching things around. 

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Business
Jul 13, 2019

Land of coal-fired milk powder and honey: Is NZ really as ‘green’ as we think?

A clean energy expert on what New Zealand is doing well, and what is frankly shocking.

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Television
Jul 2, 2019

Trinity the Tuck on Caitlyn Jenner and starring in Taylor Swift’s new video

Ahead of taking the stage for Dragfest in Auckland, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars winner Trinity the Tuck spills the tea on All Stars, Caitlyn Jenner, and the truth behind Taylor Swift's new music video.

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Business
Jun 29, 2019

The cult of failure reaches a new peak at Unfiltered Live

Fail fast has gone from an intriguing idea to mainstream business orthodoxy in just a few short years. Jihee Junn went along to a pricey business event dedicated entirely to 'falling forward'.

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Business
Jun 27, 2019

The frustrating complexity of the new R&D tax scheme

The incoming R&D tax credits scheme makes government research and development incentives available to a much wider range of Kiwi businesses. But there are caveats to be aware of.

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Politics
Jun 22, 2019

The curious case of the #National2020 newspaper ad that National disavows

A prominent ad promoting the National Party and the CEO of Air New Zealand, Christopher Luxon, could be in breach of the law. 

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Business
Jun 19, 2019

Mascots, milk and multivitamins: Selling NZ at Alibaba’s e-commerce expo

Aliexpo 2019 proved New Zealand's 'clean, green' image remains as strong as ever.

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Television
Jun 5, 2019

Kids shouldn’t be watching Love Island (and not because of the bikinis and sex)

The latest season of British reality show Love Island is set to hit TV screens at the unconventional tea-time hour of 5pm. Jihee Junn explains why the decision is troubling. 

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Business
May 28, 2019

How New Zealand company Cryptopia lost over $20 million from a hack

It's been a rollercoaster ride for the once flourishing company that now owes investors tens of millions of dollars. Don't follow? Here's a brief recap of Cryptopia's historic downfall over the last five months.

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