Jihee Junn

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

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

In 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

This week's Primer features Okewa which is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for 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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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 20, 2018

The walking billboards of Nopesisters

On this week's Primer, we talk to sibling entrepreneurs Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove of Nopesisters, the social enterprise championing 'fashion for a cause'.

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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 14, 2018

How Fresh As is adding crunch to cuisine

On this week's Primer, we talk to Fresh As founder Tommy Roff whose company freeze-dries everything from mandarins and feijoas to liquorice and Red Bull.

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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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Business
Jul 11, 2018

Does Jamie dream of electric sheep? Chatting with a Soul Machines virtual assistant

ANZ's latest recruit is a virtual assistant designed hi-tech Kiwi company Soul Machines, so Jihee Junn decided to give her a whirl, chatting about film, literature, and "closing the pod bay doors". 

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Business
Jul 7, 2018

Could Zippy the squirrel be New Zealand’s Dora the Explorer?

On this week's Primer, we talk to Abhi Kala of Titan Ideas who's reimagining cross-cultural storytelling through augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality (MR) technology.

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Business
Jul 6, 2018

Into the dragon’s den with New Zealand’s million-dollar investments

Hundreds of New Zealand’s wealthiest investors gathered for the 2018 Flux Demo Day last week for a night of wining, dining, and million-dollar business investments. Jihee Junn went along to watch this year’s plucky startups pitch it out.

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Business
Jul 4, 2018

Making Predator Free New Zealand a reality, one crowdsourced trap at a time

Squawk Squad is the social enterprise using modern technology to not only make predator traps more effective but keep its wider community of donors connected with its work. 

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Business
Jun 29, 2018

Glass jars and paper bags: Shopping for food without the plastic

In this week's Primer, we talk to James Denton, owner of plastic-free supermarket GoodFor.

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Business
Jun 28, 2018

The great Spinoff recall list: How many of these are your kids still using?

In part two of The Spinoff’s great recall list, we look at various items targeted towards parents and children, such as toys, strollers, cots, carriers, rattles, bottles, and kids pyjamas.

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Business
Jun 27, 2018

The great Spinoff recall list: How many of these common household items do you have?

In part one of The Spinoff's great recall list, we look at various items in the heating, small appliance, electronics and homeware categories.

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Business
Jun 22, 2018

How the Beacon System is making earthquakes a little less stressful for Kiwi businesses

How software designed by seismic engineers is helping businesses make informed decisions after an earthquake.

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Business
Jun 21, 2018

Method Recycling proves that rubbish bin design doesn’t need to be rubbish

This week on The Primer we look at Method Recycling which looks to encourage better waste disposal habits by making beautifully designed rubbish bins for modern workplaces.

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Business
Jun 20, 2018

There have been 22 heater recalls since 2010, and there’s a decent chance yours is on the list

With up to 80% of faulty indoor electric heaters potentially still in use, is the recall system in need of a major shake-up?

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