Jihee Junn

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

Money
Nov 27, 2019

What is Black Friday? And are the New Zealand deals a bargain or bust?

How to be sure you're getting a good deal.

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Money
Nov 24, 2019

‘I was on the disaster curve’: Frances Cook on life as a reformed money mess

Cooking the Books host France Cook on why it's so hard for people to be open about money, finding new ways to channel her spending habits, and why more young women should look to invest.   

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Society
Nov 17, 2019

Cheat sheet: Big changes for rental laws announced

The government has announced a suite of practical changes to the Residential Tenancies Act in its bid to make renting fairer and more secure. Here's what you need to know. 

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Media
Nov 12, 2019

Five interesting takeaways from a survey on how NZers consume media

Where do we watch content, what do we want from it, and how do we view New Zealand news? Here’s what we learned from NZ On Air’s latest survey on identity, culture and the media. 

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Business
Nov 11, 2019

Cheat sheet: What is Singles’ Day?

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 6, 2019

Understanding KiwiSaver, part one: the basics

How to stop procrastinating and actually (finally) get on top of KiwiSaver.

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Business
Oct 26, 2019

The ticketing platform using booking fees to fund education

Backed by tech giants Google and Atlassian, Humanitix redirects thousands in booking fees to charitable causes while at the same time disrupting the highly competitive ticketing industry.

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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.

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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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