Jihee Junn

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

Society
Aug 1, 2020

Live updates, August 1: Hooton resigns from National; second traveller from NZ tests positive in Australia

The latest on New Zealand news, politics and the Covid-19 crisis, updated throughout the day.

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Money
Mar 1, 2020

Cheat sheet: Default KiwiSaver funds 'go green'

Fossil fuels and illegal weapons get the boot as the government announces changes to default funds.

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Money
Feb 25, 2020

The rise of New Zealand's renters by choice

Homeownership has long been touted as the great Kiwi dream, but not everyone’s looking for a permanent fix.

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KiwiSaver
Feb 20, 2020

Understanding KiwiSaver, part three: The ethics

Being in the right KiwiSaver fund isn’t just a financial issue – it’s a social and moral issue as well. 

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Business
Feb 17, 2020

Stasher: The ‘Airbnb for luggage’ launches in NZ

UK company Stasher allows travellers to store their luggage while offering local businesses a way to earn extra cash. The CEO Jacob Wedderburn-Day explains how the business works.

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Business
Feb 12, 2020

Karen Walker on why she closed The Department Store after 10 years

After a decade in business on Auckland’s North Shore, the multi-storey complex that once attracted out-of-town shoppers has finally closed its doors.

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Business
Feb 4, 2020

What impact will coronavirus have on New Zealand’s economy?

As China rushes to contain the deadly coronavirus which has killed more than 360 people, what effects will it have on some of New Zealand's key industries?

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Vodafone
Jan 29, 2020

How much will 5G transform New Zealand business, really?

In a world where we're already conditioned to expect near-instantaneous speed from our mobile internet, what kind of change can we actually expect to see from 5G?

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KiwiSaver
Jan 27, 2020

Understanding KiwiSaver, part two: The fund

Want to make the most of KiwiSaver? It's all about the fund.

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Money
Dec 18, 2019

From selling Christmas trees to building an online platform for fundraising

Michael Fuyala helps run his family’s wildly popular Misa Christmas Tree Farm in Auckland. But in recent months, he’s decided to venture into something a little bit different.

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Money
Dec 17, 2019

Everything you need to know about managed funds

What is a managed fund and how does it work? We’re here to answer all your questions and more.

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Money
Nov 27, 2019
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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KiwiSaver
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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