Live updates, April 19: ‘Significant step’ – Ardern hails launch of travel bubble

Top stories from New Zealand, updated throughout the day.

Review: Creamerie is the post-pandemic comedy we need right now

A gender-flipped Handmaid's Tale set during a pandemic... and it's a black comedy?

Changing expectations: How to ensure your future employer is good vibes only

For jobseekers, flexibility in the way we work is becoming a standard expectation.

The New Zealand scientists trying to make brain-controlled robots a thing

Brain-controlled robotics are becoming increasingly advanced and increasingly common. But what are the benefits – and risks – of such technology?

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When Chris Warner met Alf Stewart

What happens when you get two soap immortals and sit them down together for a chat?

It’s Fiame time: Meet the Sāmoan MP on the verge of a historic election win

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is the eight term MP and first-term party leader who just gave Sāmoa’s sleeping democracy the kick it needed,

It’s car vs car on the central Auckland street where parking is free

Every weekday morning, a group of Auckland city commuters fight to claim one of 10 free car parks. How long can this 'secret oasis' last?

The Bulletin: Risks and benefits loom as trans-Tasman bubble opens

Risks and benefits loom as trans-Tasman bubble opens, government signs big deal with Amazon, and cabinet paper produced on hate speech law change proposals.

All your questions about the Australian travel bubble, answered

Everything you need to know about travelling across the ditch.

The terrible story of Mrs P: Cruel injustice compounded by arbitrary, unkind response

The premature dismissal of compensation for a woman wrongly convicted and sentenced to a year of home detention is morally and practically ill-founded.

How we made Creamerie, a pandemic black comedy, in the middle of Covid-19

Perlina Lau writes on about the experience of making Creamerie and doing it during the hellscape that is 2020.

The Sunday Essay: Cricket with child

A magic summer shared by a cricket-mad father and his oblivious baby daughter.

Recipe: Feijoa and lemon clafoutis

New Zealand's favourite autumnal fruit meets a fancy-sounding but super-simple French dessert. The result? Delicious. 

Chefs on why you should take your leftovers home – and how to jazz them up

Turning what you couldn't quite finish the night before into a delicious treat the next day.

Wellington’s nearly man on why he lost and the state of the council today

Yes, one-term mayor Justin Lester thinks he'd be doing a better job.

The first pint of freedom: London takes a step towards normality 

On returning to the pub, and realising you can miss people you don't know.