I flew AKL-BNE (NZ) and BNE-AKL (QF) over the weekend and the contrast between the two was massive. Admittedly I had purchased the Works on NZ, but then that was still much cheaper than QF.
QF on the Tasman now felt like an Australian domestic flight, with the meal now comes in a cardboard box like on say SYD-MEL. The overall qaulity of the meal was pretty poor, being called Bangers and Mash (more like Bangers and slop).
The IFE content was average with just a couple of movies, and the seat pitch was below average.
I’m not sure what you were planning more for over JQ? Other the included meal box, which you can purchase on JQ for like $10.
On the other hand, NZ is still doing an proper meal on tray with bread and ice cream.
The IFE content on NZ seemed to be 3-4x that on QF, along with having free wifi.
Qantas really felt more like an LCC experience.
The arrival process in AKL is now almost back to precovid, part from the welcome gift of 3x RAT’s at MPI.
Reflects my experience over the last 6 months with QF on Australian domestic. A sudden and noticeable decline in standards, flight disruptions due to staffing shortages, very poor terminal experiences. Qantas is a bit of a mess at the moment. Yet that doesn't stop them from bilking it on the Tasman. Their fares are insane.
Meanwhile New Zealand has stuck with its pre departure /arrival testing requirements when comparable countries are dropping then entirely, including Australia, as well as sticking with the additional arrival taxes introduced prior to COVID. This after revelations that border closures stopped being recommended by Health authorities around October/November 2021. So can assume there's absolutely no interest from authorities in getting tourism (and flights) back and humming.