Jihee Junn

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

Business
Nov 13, 2018

CleanPaleo co-founder steps down citing alcohol addiction

With the future of company's equity crowd raise remaining uncertain, Riot Foods' CEO announces his resignation citing months of severe alcohol addiction.

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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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Music
Apr 23, 2018

Nine years later, The Killers are back in town with a touch of glam

Auckland turned out for a packed out show at Spark Arena for The Killers - the band's first in New Zealand since 2009. Jihee Junn sat down with drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr before the show.

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Business
Apr 20, 2018

How one worker fought back after BizDojo Auckland’s collapse left her out of pocket

BizDojo was founded as a co-working community for startups. But following the collapse of its Auckland branch, former staff have accused it of bullying and unpaid redundancy. This is how one worker fought back and won.

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Business
Apr 18, 2018

Ten young entrepreneurs New Zealanders should know about

Wisdom and experience come with age, but these young people are proving to be wise beyond their years. We've picked out ten Kiwi business moguls aged 30-years or under that are promising good things for the future of New Zealand business.

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Business
Apr 16, 2018

Five small businesses explain how and why they pay their staff a living wage

A handful of employers in the retail, hospitality, food manufacturing and events industry have gone above and beyond by paying all their staff at least $20.55 per hour. Here, they explain the reasons why – and how they manage to do it.

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Business
Apr 5, 2018

Cheat Sheet: What’s happening with the Takata airbag recall?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, it’s all about the government's compulsory recall of Takata airbags.

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Business
Apr 5, 2018

Kai on wheels: how Pūhā & Pākehā is taking Māori cuisine to the masses

Pūhā & Pākehā's Belinda McKay talks about filling a gap in the market, the challenges of cooking fusion food, and why a permanent restaurant might well be on the horizon.

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Television
Mar 31, 2018

Sky, Mediaworks and TVNZ unite to try and save television

For the greater good of television, three industry heavyweights put their differences aside for the launch of ThinkTV New Zealand.

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Business
Mar 28, 2018

The honesty box enters the 21st century

The humble honesty box enters the 21st-century thanks to one Taranaki-based developer's new app: My Honesty Box. 

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Business
Mar 26, 2018

The Kiwi toy entrepreneur who knows what’s going to be huge this Christmas

Nick Mowbray, the brains behind the brand that brought us Robo Fish, X-Shot and Bunch O Balloons, talks to Jihee Junn about YouTube, sustainability and the $27 million loss caused by the collapse of US retailer Toys 'R' Us.

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Business
Mar 22, 2018

Cash, crypto and crowdlending: meet New Zealand’s rising FinTech future

From a platform that lends support to the Māori economy to a system to donate your transactions fees to charitable causes, this year's cohort for the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator promises big things for the future of the country's financial system.

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Business
Mar 9, 2018

Head to head: Menulog vs UberEats

It's food delivery app versus food delivery app as we pit the industry's two main competitors in a head to head battle. Which one is fastest, cheapest and easiest to use?

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