Jihee Junn

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

Business
Dec 10, 2018

Cashing in on the fur baby economy

What's driving the new pet economy? Jihee Junn talks to the small business owners cashing in on the pet care craze.

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Society
Dec 2, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 2

Today: Jihee Junn rains on your parade.

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Food
Dec 1, 2018

Lunching at Goodside, the Ponsonby Central of the North Shore

Earlier this week, Jihee Junn was invited to a special lunch at Smales Farm dining precinct Goodside to get a taste of what the place had to offer ahead of its public opening today.

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Business
Nov 27, 2018

Rice cookers and robot vacuums: a visit to NZ’s first Mi store

Demand for its e-scooters has been rabid since opening its first New Zealand store two weeks ago. But turns out, Chinese electronics retailer Mi sells a whole lot more than just tiny modes of transport.

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Business
Nov 24, 2018

Filmed here, finished here: Auckland’s huge new post-production powerhouse

New Zealand's film industry is all about location, location, location, but what about everything else? What about all the stuff that comes after filming?

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Society
Nov 23, 2018

What will the new rules around vaping mean for you?

The government has announced that it plans to regulate vaping and smokeless tobacco products in New Zealand. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Business
Nov 13, 2018

CleanPaleo co-founder steps down citing alcohol addiction

With the future of company's equity crowd raise remaining uncertain, Riot Foods' CEO announces his resignation citing months of severe alcohol addiction.

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Food
Oct 14, 2018

How the restaurant industry is finally opening up about mental health

For chefs and restaurateurs all over the world, hospitality’s pressure-cooker environment is no joke. As we increasingly grapple with the consequences of depression and anxiety among those working in our food industry, what's New Zealand going do about it?

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Oct 12, 2018

The course that’s building a more diverse police service, and why it’s so important

For 15 years Unitec has been working with the New Zealand Police to help diversify its intake of students. Jihee Junn looks at how Unitec's 'pre-police' course is changing the demographics and culture of the police service.

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Auckland
Oct 11, 2018

A bird’s eye view of Auckland’s Kiwibuild sites

Set to deliver 100,000 homes in the next 10 years, Kiwibuild is already changing Auckland's wider landscape.

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Business
Oct 5, 2018

Where did it all go wrong for Riot Foods?

Art Green and Ryan Kamins reveal exactly what went wrong over the last six months, which involves a supplier going into receivership and an entire factory rusting over.

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Business
Oct 3, 2018

You’ll make mistakes, lots of them: Lessons from a social enterprise startup

A year on since launching Nisa – an ethical underwear company that employs former refugees – founder Elisha Watson reflects on all the things she’s learnt.

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Business
Sep 6, 2018

Why New World’s social media went into meltdown over a plastic container

New World announced they’re giving away plastic containers, and man oh man, the internet went wild. But was the hysteria justified?

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Business
Sep 3, 2018

H&M goes big: a fast fashion behemoth opens to the masses

H&M’s first multi storey experience in New Zealand opened to much fanfare last week as hundreds lined up to be one of the first to get a glimpse.

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Media
Aug 29, 2018

What are people complaining about now? The BSA edition

Swearing, nudity, blasphemy and Clarke Gayford – these are just some of the things New Zealanders have been complaining about to the Broadcasting Standards Authority over the past year.

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Gaming
Aug 27, 2018

Remembering Neopets, an early 2000s internet phenomenon

Next year will mark 20 years since Neopets materialised on the World Wide Web, and with most of its former user base now in their 20s and 30s, it seems the time is ripe for a nostalgic resurgence.

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Auckland
Aug 22, 2018

Eye in the sky: a visual guide to Auckland’s housing boom

The launch of a new aerial imaging company in New Zealand gives a bird’s eye glimpse of Auckland's rapidly changing greenfield landscape.

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Business
Aug 20, 2018

Crocs are dead, long live the Crocs store

Foam clog pioneer Crocs has announced that it is shutting down its factories. So what does that mean for New Zealand's first and only Crocs store in Auckland?

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Media
Aug 14, 2018

No grounds to proceed: this year’s best TV ad complaints rubbished by the ASA

With crimes ranging from blasphemy and bad timelines to 'the homosexual agenda', we present a small selection of the most entertaining complaints dismissed by the ASA this year.

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Beverage
Aug 11, 2018

The shake-and-drink smoothie drops revitalising indigenous foods

Kaitahi's Leonie Matoe explains how her company's innovative products are reviving the use (and growth) of indigenous plant-based ingredients.

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Business
Aug 3, 2018

Can Allbirds (and Leo DiCaprio) handle the jandal?

Allbirds has a brand new product and investor – one from Brazil, the other from Hollywood.

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Gaming
Aug 2, 2018

Online felines: The wholesome goodness of cat-care simulator Furistas Cat Cafe

Dunedin-based company Runaway Play has created a new mobile game that lets you dive head first into the cat cafe phenomena. The verdict? Chill, but addictive (and very, very cute). 

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Business
Jul 28, 2018

The million-member campaign giving power to the people – at a discounted rate

Global consumer campaign One Big Switch has arrived on Kiwi shores, hoping to harness the power of the collective to unlock special group discounted energy offers and drive competition in New Zealand's electricity industry.

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Business
Jul 24, 2018

Elon’s Auckland outpost: a visit to the Tesla showroom on K’ Road

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: the newly opened Tesla showroom on Auckland's Karangahape Road.

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Business
Jul 19, 2018

A new citywide compost service is taking on Auckland’s coffee drinkers

Almost 30% of organic waste goes straight to landfill, sparking the launch of the first citywide compost collection of its kind in New Zealand. 

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Business
Jul 12, 2018

The giants of NZ business pledge bold action on emissions. Is this the real deal?

Sixty CEOs have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition, with the purpose of reducing the country's emissions. But what does it really mean?

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