Jihee Junn

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

Business
Jan 18, 2019

Monstera madness and Fiddle-Leaf frenzy: why we go crazy for indoor plants

New Zealanders have been filling their homes (and hearts) with cool, trendy houseplants in recent years. But why are we all so obsessed? And why are some plants so expensive? 

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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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Society
Mar 7, 2018

What we know about assault in New Zealand – in graphs

What do deprivation, bar location and time of day all have in common? They all affect the rate of assault in New Zealand.

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Society
Mar 4, 2018

Why the Health Star Ratings are a load of bullshit

After enduring years of criticism for its 4.5 Health Star Rating, Milo announced this week that it would remove the rating from its powdered products altogether.

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Business
Mar 1, 2018

Cheat Sheet: What’s the big deal with Krispy Kreme?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, Jihee Junn finds out what all the fuss is about with global doughnut brand Krispy Kreme, which launched in New Zealand this week.

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Business
Feb 26, 2018

The app that swallowed Auckland: UberEats, one year on

The concept of food delivery has become synonymous with UberEats for thousands of New Zealanders. Customers love it for its simplicity and convenience, but what about the restaurants?

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Auckland
Feb 16, 2018

Cheat Sheet: How safe is it to swim at Auckland’s beaches?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we explain why swimming at some of Auckland's best beaches might just be a terrible idea.

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Business
Feb 12, 2018

Waste not, want not: the mission to make festivals, events, and even entire cities, disposable plastic-free

A life in plastic doesn't have to be all bad. Just ask Kiwi company Globelet, whose recycled plastic cups have brought the reusable revolution to some of New Zealand's biggest summer events.

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Music
Feb 6, 2018

Weezer on the Black Album, their favourite music videos and touring with Dave Grohl

Before opening for the inimitable Foo Fighters on Saturday night, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner of Weezer sat down with Jihee Junn to talk about what's changed (and what hasn't) during the band's 20+ years making music.

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Business
Feb 5, 2018

NZ’s driverless future is finally here (and coming first to Christchurch Airport)

Driverless cars are all the rage right now, but you don't have to be a Google or Tesla to have your head in the game. Jihee Junn talks to Auckland-based company HMI Technologies about Ohmio, its self-driving subsidiary set to deploy its first shuttles at Christchurch Airport later this year.

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Television
Jan 31, 2018

Is the Props Boy bucket hat poised for a comeback? A Spinoff investigation

The Spinoff asks: is luxury French fashion house Maison Margiela taking inspiration from a 90s Kiwi television icon?

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Business
Jan 24, 2018

Catering for gender diversity isn’t that hard – just look at how businesses are handling it

Stats NZ's decision to exclude sex, gender and sexuality from the census has come in for strong criticism. But many businesses in New Zealand – most recently Southern Cross Health Society – are already well ahead of the curve.

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Politics
Jan 19, 2018

‘The next day I was back on the job’: the last time a woman PM gave birth in office

A woman prime minister giving birth while in office? It's already happened once in Pakistan. 

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Business
Jan 15, 2018

Is Paul Ryan really wearing Allbirds sneakers? A Spinoff investigation

The Kiwi footwear has become a favourite of Silicon Valley elites. But are the shoes now furnishing the feet of the top Republican and speaker of the house Paul Ryan? Jihee Junn investigates.

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Business
Jan 11, 2018

Meet the 11-year-old ‘slimetrepreneur’ who’s making money from slime

Kids around the world are flexing their entrepreneurial muscles by making, selling and marketing the latest craze in tactile fun: slime. Jihee Junn talks to one Auckland-based 11-year-old who's decided to cash in.

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Business
Jan 3, 2018

Summer reissue: Inside the Microsoft machine

Jihee Junn visits Microsoft's sprawling headquarters in Seattle to find out how the tech giant is clawing its way back to relevance.

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