Jihee Junn

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

Business
Jan 5, 2019

Into the dragon's den with New Zealand's wealthiest investors

Hundreds of New Zealand’s wealthiest investors gathered for the 2018 Flux Demo Day for a night of wining, dining, and million-dollar business investments.

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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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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 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 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 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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Society
Jun 17, 2018

I went to the Gatsby party at the Toy Mansion and all I got was an empty bottle of Moët

New Zealand's young entrepreneurial elite recently gathered at the famed Dotcom/Toy Mansion for a night of glamour, gowns and abundant champagne. Jihee Junn reluctantly went along.

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Business
Jun 14, 2018

Meat-free, dairy-free, and made in New Zealand

Chicken without the bird, milk without the cow: meet the five Kiwi startups catapulting vegan alternatives into the mouths of mainstream consumers.

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Business
Jun 2, 2018

Airbnb marches on, as Auckland prepares for a ‘bed tax’ for hosts

Auckland's 'bed tax' is set to be extended to homes listed on sites like Airbnb. What does this mean for hosts? And are other regions set to follow?

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Business
May 29, 2018

At the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards, diversity was the winner on the day

The winners of this year’s Hi-Tech Awards showcased how New Zealand wasn't just good in tech, but good for tech as well, with gender diversity and cultural inclusion taking centre stage more than ever before. 

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Society
May 28, 2018

Victim condemns police inaction over 2015 complaint about ‘Insta-scammer’

More than 20 people have been in touch with The Spinoff accusing Dommy Topia of fraudulent behaviour. And now it's been revealed that Topia has been known to police for years.

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Business
May 24, 2018

Buy a mascara, save someone’s sight: Meet NZ makeup brand Indigo & Iris

Indigo & Iris CEO Hannah Duder talks about the company's new Levitate mascara, how it's helping to end avoidable blindness in the Pacific, and the challenges of being a social enterprise in New Zealand.

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Music
May 21, 2018

Courtney Barnett wants you to tell her how you really feel

Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is back with her second solo release, trading wry and acerbic for something a little more earnest.

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Business
May 14, 2018

For the love of ugly fruit, a Hawke’s Bay juice company has a solution

Hawke's Bay juice makers The Apple Press say they don't care about looks, just "good taste and low-waste".

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Business
May 10, 2018

How the Mahu City Express is making outer suburb commuting a car-free reality

Faced with a lack of public transport options to his home in Warkworth, Julian Ostling launched his own private bus company which now runs from Warkworth to the CBD six times a day, five days a week.

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Society
May 5, 2018

Dozens come forward to accuse Insta-scammer of swindling them out of thousands

Since The Spinoff broke the story behind 'The 21 NZ', many more people have come forward accusing Dommy Topia of scamming them out of thousands of dollars, with incidents dating back as far as 2012.

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Society
May 3, 2018

The Instagram scammer who ripped off NZ’s top social media influencers (UPDATED)

A NZ video maker has been accused of being a scammer by numerous Instagram users, who say he used stories of terminal illness and family death to emotionally manipulate people into handing over cash.

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Business
May 1, 2018

What is the ‘Amazon tax’ and why does it matter?

In today's Cheat Sheet, we take a look at the so-called 'Amazon tax' and what it means for local retailers and consumers.

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Business
May 1, 2018

Who’s the most innovative hi-tech service of them all?

With the winners of the Hi-Tech Awards set to be announced later this month, Jihee Junn takes a look at the talented four nominated for Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service.

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Business
Apr 30, 2018

Alibaba is coming for Amazon’s online-shopping crown

Jihee Junn travelled to its headquarters in China to see Alibaba's complex ecosystem in action and find out New Zealand companies are using it to leverage their entry into the Chinese market.

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