Jihee Junn

Jihee Junn is an Auckland-based freelance journalist and former staff writer at The Spinoff.

Food
Oct 1, 2021

Food influencer Eat Lit Food’s furious defence of Pasture leaves a bad taste

Supporting the dining scene means supporting all those who keep the industry alive – including those at the lowest rung of the ladder.

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Business
Oct 1, 2021

The B Corp businesses balancing purpose, planet and profit

Among the sea of greenwashing, how can consumers tell who's actually walking the talk?

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Television
Sep 29, 2021

The murder and mayhem is only part of what makes Squid Game so disturbing

This Netflix smash hit is set in a world of playground games, but it's definitely not suitable for kids.

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Money
Sep 20, 2021

The hunt for New Zealand’s best meal kit delivery service

Which is the best value? Which has the lowest waste? And which is telling the biggest lie about cooking times?

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Society
Aug 18, 2021

An insomniac attempts four viral sleep hacks

Inspired by her struggle with insomnia, Jihee Junn tries out the most viral sleep hacks on social media. 

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Food
Aug 4, 2021

Auckland’s pint-sized pancake palace farewells the CBD

After two decades of fuelling uni students and office workers with delicious Korean hotteok, No. 1 Pancake has vacated its hole in the wall.

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Society
Aug 3, 2021

Pork and Poll Taxes: Reclaiming New Zealand’s forgotten history on stage

Jihee Junn talks to the writer/director of a new play about the earliest Chinese New Zealanders – and the families they left behind.

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Media
Jul 14, 2021

The best ‘inappropriate’ and ‘annoying’ ad complaints rubbished by the ASA

Featuring provocative pouting, classical music, and a lot of very rude children.

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Society
Jul 8, 2021

You might be harbouring an illegal house plant

Got a Chinese money plant on your windowsill? Turns out, you're technically breaking the law.

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Hatch
Jul 1, 2021

Financial wellness: The health check that helps women close the wealth gap

Money worries are one of life's biggest stressors – and the issue can be especially acute for women.

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Money
Jun 28, 2021

How to make your money work harder (without having to risk it all)

Got some savings you want to turn into a secure financial future? A managed fund could be the answer.

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Money
Jun 24, 2021

How online bank transfers are being hijacked for harassment and abuse

An unexpected loophole is being used to target and intimidate victims of domestic violence.

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Money
May 31, 2021

Understanding investing, part three: The platforms

Wanting to stop procrastinating and actually (finally) get on top of investing? We're here to help.

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Money
May 11, 2021

A beginner’s guide to the financial aspects of buying a house

This week, we look at what it takes to finance your first home. 

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Money
Apr 27, 2021

A beginner’s guide to inflation

Why does it happen? How does it affect me? And who is it hurting the most?

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Society
Apr 23, 2021

The Happy Place is pure, unadulterated Instagram fodder

Come for the colour, the confetti, the ‘gram – but don’t expect a whole lot more than that.

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Auckland Zoo
Apr 22, 2021

The end of Auckland Zoo’s elephant era

Auckland Zoo on the gutting decision behind the move – and why it's in the best interests of the elephants' long-term future.

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Money
Apr 15, 2021

A beginner’s guide to the minimum wage

Why do we need a minimum wage, and is $20 too much or too little?

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Business
Apr 10, 2021

Whatever happened to Onzo bikes?

For almost three years, Onzo’s black and yellow fleet provided an accessible and affordable two-wheel option. Then it disappeared.

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Money
Apr 1, 2021

Benefit rates, the minimum wage, and more. Here’s what today’s changes mean for you

We round up the key legislative changes affecting people's wallets starting Thursday, April 1.

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Money
Mar 31, 2021

Popping the Unfiltered bubble: Jake Millar on how it all went so wrong

From travelling the world interviewing business titans to defending himself against aggrieved investors, the story of Jake Millar and Unfiltered is a true jaw-dropper.

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Money
Mar 23, 2021

KiwiSaver balances plummeted a year ago. Here’s why they recovered so quickly

The steep decline and rapid recovery of KiwiSaver balances took many by surprise. So what made the difference?  

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Money
Mar 2, 2021

Bad vibes for spirituality festival as ticket holders refused refunds due to Covid

'It’s pretty ironic they’re called NZ Spirit Festival when it feels very out of the New Zealand spirit to do this.'

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Food
Feb 24, 2021

Menulog is offering full-service delivery for restaurants. Is it enough to challenge Uber Eats?

Here’s what you need to know about the revamped food delivery service.

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Business
Feb 23, 2021

Why a US-based social app swapped pandemic-hit Portland for Auckland

Go wants users to put down their phones and interact with people in real life, which meant having to make an unexpected change of plans.

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Food
Feb 14, 2021

The cultural nostalgia of ‘Asian’ Spam

The American lunch meat has a special place on dining tables halfway across the world, from the Philippines to Japan to South Korea.

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