Jihee Junn

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

Money
Jan 22, 2021

Understanding investing, part two: How to plan

Our guide to stopping procrastinating and actually (finally) getting on top of investing. Because there’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you don’t know a single thing about it.

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Money
Aug 21, 2020

How lockdown made us rethink how we save and invest

Despite the economic downturn, recent months have seen more everyday New Zealanders investing their money than ever before. But why?

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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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Science
Jul 22, 2020

From tiny larvae to giant beasts: An Auckland scientist’s sunfish breakthrough

Little is known about sunfish in their early stages, but one Auckland-based scientist has helped make a world-first genetic breakthrough.

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Politics
Jul 18, 2020

Live updates, July 18: New National hoardings unveiled; health ministry warns of scam emails

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

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Money
Jul 17, 2020

The best value mobile plans for every budget

Competition for customers is fierce among telcos, but which mobile plans offer the best value for money? We compare them to find out.

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Society
Jul 16, 2020

Three in four New Zealanders think the country will overcome Covid-19

Our Covid-19 outlook is still one of the most positive in the world. But with new cases emerging in recent weeks, our optimism levels have taken a hit. 

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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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Money
Jul 3, 2020

A third of us feel financially strained, and it’s hurting our mental health

A new report measuring New Zealanders’ financial wellbeing highlights how key sectors of our population are feeling stressed over money, and how Covid-19 has made that worse.

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Politics
Jun 30, 2020

See ya, sweeties: The greatest hits of Paula Bennett MP

After 15 years in parliament, National MP Paula Bennett has officially announced she’s quitting politics. Here, we round up some of her most memorable moments.

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Food
Jun 21, 2020

‘New Korean’ restaurant Gochu is giving classic flavours a modern twist

The duo behind Parnell eatery Simon & Lee talk Gochu, their latest venture in Auckland’s Commercial Bay.

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Money
Jun 16, 2020

Risky business: Why playing it safe with your finances isn’t always the best bet

'Risk' isn't a popular concept in these uncertain times, but rather than running for the hills, think about your goals and assess the risks accordingly.

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Money
Jun 11, 2020

The Vic Deals community is imploding over claims of racism and hypocrisy

One of the largest community Facebook groups in New Zealand has being roiled by a controversy over free speech and Black Lives Matter.

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Business
Jun 10, 2020

Fashion house Ingrid Starnes to close all retail as Commercial Bay store opens

The local fashion industry takes another hit with Ingrid Starnes closing its stores after more than a decade.

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Money
Jun 7, 2020

The giant Work and Income benefits bungle, explained

For years, Work and Income has been telling New Zealanders they couldn't get the benefit until their redundancy payments ran out. Turns out, it was wrong.

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Society
Jun 2, 2020

In pictures: The Black Lives Matter solidarity march, Auckland

Here’s what went down as thousands of New Zealanders took to the streets in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

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Tech
May 27, 2020

What digital contact tracing looks like around the world

A week ago, New Zealand launched its official contact tracing app. So how does it compare to some of those overseas?

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Money
May 19, 2020

The psychology of why we accept pay cuts

With many workers being asked to take voluntary pay cuts, it begs the question: why are so many of us compelled to accept?

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Food
May 14, 2020

Hospitality sector reacts to Budget 2020: ‘I’m not as terrified as I was before’

What does this year's budget mean for one of the hardest-hit sectors post-lockdown?

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Money
May 13, 2020

Online shopping soared at level three. So what have we actually been buying?

Gaming consoles, exercise bikes, DVDs and paint – turns out what we’re buying says a lot about what we’ve been doing in lockdown.

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Money
Apr 22, 2020

What it’s like to field your KiwiSaver concerns during Covid-19

Answering hundreds of calls a day from anxious KiwiSaver investors, Kiwi Wealth’s head of customer services paints a picture of how some New Zealanders are handling the downturn.

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Society
Apr 7, 2020

Helping people say goodbye, apart: A funeral director on life under lockdown

Jihee Junn talks to an Auckland-based funeral director about what their job has been like under Covid-19. 

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Money
Mar 26, 2020

What it’s like to make billion-dollar investment decisions during Covid-19

Kiwi Wealth’s head of fixed interest shares her thoughts and experience on how to get through these challenging times.

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Covid-19
Mar 26, 2020

A whole bunch of questions about the Covid-19 lockdown, answered

What is open and what is closed? Can I take my pet to the vet? And what if I need a takeaway coffee?

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Society
Mar 23, 2020

What does the shutdown mean for schools, ECEs and universities?

With New Zealand moving to the highest Covid-19 alert level within 48 hours, here's how schools and early childhood facilities will be affected.

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Society
Mar 12, 2020

Covid-19: Trump suspends all travel from Europe to the US. What we know so far

Several major events across the US have also been postponed or cancelled, including the NBA season after a player tests positive. 

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Money
Mar 5, 2020

Risk-averse and big on houses: Our long-running attitudes towards investing

How history and culture have shaped our approach to investing and why, despite our 'rockstar economy', many are feeling left out. 

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