Jihee Junn

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

Media
Jul 10, 2020

The year's most entertaining ad complaints rubbished by the ASA

Won't somebody, please, think of the children?!

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Politics
Aug 5, 2019

Cheat sheet: New cancer treatment for regions announced

Jacinda Ardern has announced the first part of a cancer plan for the regions, hot on the heels of National's cancer agency pledge. Here's what you need to know.

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Business
Aug 1, 2019

What's the deal with TheMarket, the new local challenger to ASOS and Amazon

All the key details on TheMarket, The Warehouse Group's $12 million foray into e-commerce.

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Business
Jul 30, 2019

Putting cheap novelty Wish products to the test

How do Wish products fare in real life? Jihee Junn buys and tries a bunch of random goods.

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Business
Jul 18, 2019

Coffee Supreme goes from cafes to co-working

Instead of buying a cuppa in exchange for a place to work, Coffee Supreme is switching things around. 

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Business
Jul 13, 2019

Land of coal-fired milk powder and honey: Is NZ really as ‘green’ as we think?

A clean energy expert on what New Zealand is doing well, and what is frankly shocking.

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Television
Jul 2, 2019

Trinity the Tuck on Caitlyn Jenner and starring in Taylor Swift’s new video

Ahead of taking the stage for Dragfest in Auckland, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars winner Trinity the Tuck spills the tea on All Stars, Caitlyn Jenner, and the truth behind Taylor Swift's new music video.

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Business
Jun 29, 2019

The cult of failure reaches a new peak at Unfiltered Live

Fail fast has gone from an intriguing idea to mainstream business orthodoxy in just a few short years. Jihee Junn went along to a pricey business event dedicated entirely to 'falling forward'.

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Business
Jun 27, 2019

The frustrating complexity of the new R&D tax scheme

The incoming R&D tax credits scheme makes government research and development incentives available to a much wider range of Kiwi businesses. But there are caveats to be aware of.

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Politics
Jun 22, 2019

The curious case of the #National2020 newspaper ad that National disavows

A prominent ad promoting the National Party and the CEO of Air New Zealand, Christopher Luxon, could be in breach of the law. 

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Business
Jun 19, 2019

Mascots, milk and multivitamins: Selling NZ at Alibaba’s e-commerce expo

Aliexpo 2019 proved New Zealand's 'clean, green' image remains as strong as ever.

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Television
Jun 5, 2019

Kids shouldn’t be watching Love Island (and not because of the bikinis and sex)

The latest season of British reality show Love Island is set to hit TV screens at the unconventional tea-time hour of 5pm. Jihee Junn explains why the decision is troubling. 

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Business
May 28, 2019

How New Zealand company Cryptopia lost over $20 million from a hack

It's been a rollercoaster ride for the once flourishing company that now owes investors tens of millions of dollars. Don't follow? Here's a brief recap of Cryptopia's historic downfall over the last five months.

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Business
May 24, 2019

Google has pulled Huawei’s Android licence. Now what?

The US banned Huawei and now Google is breaking up with the Chinese smartphone maker. How did all go so wrong?

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Business
May 10, 2019

Making sense of Wish and its bizarre, freaky ads

What is Wish? Is it legit? And why does it advertise so damn much?

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Food waste
May 6, 2019

New Zealand creates tonnes of food waste. Supermarkets are trying to close the loop

Reducing food waste is a win-win solution for everyone as less food goes to landfill and more food goes to those who need it. So what’s being done to make this a reality?

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Business
Apr 24, 2019

Uber, Zoomy, Ola & DriveHer: Comparing ridesharing services in Auckland

It pays to shop around, and ridesharing services are no different. Some are cheaper, others are more convenient, so which is which? We take you through four options worth trying in Auckland.

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Food
Apr 21, 2019

What the numbers on your toaster really mean

A lesson on why you shouldn’t always believe what you read on the internet

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Business
Apr 11, 2019

What’s my size? How StrutFit is taking the guesswork out of buying shoes online

Auckland-based tech company StrutFit allows shoppers to virtually ‘try-on’ shoes. So how does it work? And what does that mean for retailers?

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Food
Apr 8, 2019

Everything wrong with Burger King’s ‘Vietnamese’ burger ad

Burger King’s ad for its Vietnamese-inspired burger shows customers trying to eat with a pair of giant novelty chopsticks, to which Asian-New Zealanders ask 'why'?

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Business
Apr 1, 2019

How a new ticketing platform is taking on the scalpers

A ticket retailer and a tech startup are joining forces to try and solve some of the industry’s biggest problems.

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New World
Mar 25, 2019

Getting to know your food chain: Central Otago cherries

In the first part of a series in which The Spinoff gets to know who, what, where and how our food gets to our plate, Jihee Junn learns about cherries.

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Society
Mar 17, 2019

Aotea Square vigil: ‘Our fears have manifested into reality’

At Auckland’s Aotea Square vigil on Saturday, words of love and triumph were preached, as were reminders of New Zealand’s xenophobic past.

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Business
Mar 6, 2019

A chef, a plumber, a developer and an engineer on what it’s like to work in their field

Last week, we looked at the top 20 jobs New Zealanders should be studying for the future. This week, we asked those working in four of those jobs to explain how and why they chose their careers.

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Media
Feb 24, 2019

My YouTube Party of Five: Jihee Junn

My YouTube Party of Five is a new series in which we invite people to share their five favourite YouTube videos, the ones hold closest in their heart, the ones they’ll play at 2am while drunk at a party. This week: Spinoff staff writer Jihee Junn.

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IMUGI
Feb 23, 2019

How Imugi 이무기 went from bedroom artists to rising music stars

To celebrate the launch of New Balance's 997H – the sneaker built for independents – The Spinoff spoke to Auckland synth pop duo Imugi about their musical influences, independence, growing up, and giving voice to bicultural experiences.

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Food
Feb 18, 2019

The Health Star Ratings are set for a major shake-up, but how much is really changing?

Five years on, proposed changes to the Health Star Ratings could see one in five products have their ratings change. But does it really go far enough? 

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