Jihee Junn

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

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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Business
Oct 13, 2018

Self-employed? There's a platform now that will do your taxes for you

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Fuller whose tech platform, Hnry, takes the admin out of being self-employed.

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Unitec4
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 6, 2018

Beach in summer, Bali in winter: How smoothie bowls gave two friends a dream lifestyle

On this week's Primer, we talk to Alexandra Bell, co-founder of smoothie bowl business Soul Boul.

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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 29, 2018

How Flo is helping feed kids through fashion

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founder of clothing company Flo which donates a free school lunch to a child in need for every product sold. 

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Business
Sep 7, 2018

The B Corp certified agency driving the biggest campaigns to save the arts

On this week's Primer, we talk Jo Blair from Brown Bread – a marketing and communications agency from Christchurch that focuses on championing the arts, philanthropy and social good. 

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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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Business
Aug 31, 2018

Click, scroll, zoom: making 3D printed jewellery with a tech-inspired touch

On this week's Primer, we talk to Human Interface Jewellery founder Amelia Diggle who's melding fashion and technology together to create a new form of ‘wearable tech’.

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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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Business
Aug 23, 2018

How does a drink say no to ‘ugly’?

On this week's Primer, we talk to Aaron and Jo Taylor, founders of wellness drink No Ugly.

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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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Business
Aug 17, 2018

How Trickle tracks your beer down to every last drop

On this week's Primer, we talk to Adrian Wills, the man behind a technology that manages every aspect of the beer’s lifecycle and flow from keg to customer. 

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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 10, 2018

The Wellington couple making raincoats from plastic bottles

On this week's Primer, we talk to Nick Leckie, co-founder of rainwear company Okewa which is raising money for its newest product line – raincoats made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Business
Aug 4, 2018

The pureed food restoring appetites to the sick and elderly

On this week's Primer, we talk to co-founder of The Pure Food Co, Sam Bridgewater, whose business makes nutritionally dense and visually appealing food for people who have a hard time eating. 

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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 27, 2018

The Kiwi invention that makes Lego bounce, flex and spring

On this week's Primer, we talk to Mark Stolten, the inventor of flexible, Lego-like brick toy, Flexo.

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