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Meet the winners: Tantalus Estate Vineyard
14 Jun 2019
Waiheke Island hot-spot Tantalus Estate Vineyard won Best Destination Venue at Hospitality New Zealand’s Awards for Excellence 2018
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Government drops funding for Commercial Accommodation Monitor
6 Jun 2019
MBIE has announced it will stop funding for the Commercial Accommodation Monitor, a monthly report created by Stats NZ, featuring key data and insights for the accommodation and tourism sectors
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Meet the winners: Erik’s Fish and Chips
5 Jun 2019
Anna Arndt, from double-award-winner Erik’s Fish and Chips, explains how entering the Awards for Excellence has been a great boost and benefit to her, especially as a small business operator
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Five Questions for Hamish Evans
31 May 2019
Christchurch-based Hospitality New Zealand member Hamish Evans is the managing director of Switch Espresso. Hamish opened his first outlet in 2006 and Switch Espresso is now a key player in the Garden City’s booming cafe market.
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10 expert insights: How to make a great Awards for Excellence entry
20 May 2019
Awards for Excellence judge Michael Friend offers step by step guidance on how to complete a winning Awards entry
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Auckland cafe owners jailed for migrant exploitation
16 May 2019
An Auckland couple running a sweet shop and cafe were sentenced to a combined total of nearly seven years imprisonment for mistreating and underpaying their employees
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Hospitality New Zealand's Awards for Excellence 2019: Entry is now open!
15 May 2019
Hospitality New Zealand’s annual Awards for Excellence celebrate the hard work and achievements of food and beverage and accommodation industry businesses across New Zealand
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Awards for Excellence 2019
6 May 2019
Entries open on Wednesday 15 May for Hospitality New Zealand’s Awards for Excellence 2019
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A $9,000 day at work!
8 Feb 2019
The Employment Relations Authority has once again highlighted the danger of pre-employment tests in a recent case.
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24 Hour Sexual Harm Helpline Launched
5 Nov 2018
A government initiative, Safe to Talk (Kōrero mai ka ora), is New Zealand’s first free 24/7 phone help line for sexual harm support and information. It is a confidential free service for anyone living in New Zealand who has been affected by sexual harm (including sexual violence, abuse or harassment). The number is 0800 044 334.
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Escape to Picton's owner up for business award
2 Nov 2018
Escape to Picton owner and Hospitality NZ member Juliearna Kavanagh credits a good work ethic, a nose for new ideas, and keeping her staff happy as key to a successful business career. She's just been nominated for Business Person of the Year by Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, only weeks after her boutique Picton hotel won Best Hotel at our Hospitality NZ Awards for Excellence.
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Whangarei District Council Reneges on Verbal Agreement
29 Oct 2018
Hospitality New Zealand’s Northland Branch is disappointed with Whangarei District Council’s dismissive approach to concerns around the importance of an even playing field when it comes to the Canopy Night Markets. While the Northland Branch supports community events that benefit everyone, their concern is if you are going to operate as a business, you should be treated like one.
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Five Questions for the creators of Holey Moley
26 Oct 2018
Holey Moley is New Zealand’s most unique mini golf venue, offering stellar hospitality in a fun and totally "instagrammable" environment. We had five questions for Maleik Edwards, Holey Moley Brand Manager at FunLab.
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Update on people shortages and immigration issues
23 Oct 2018
We want our members to know that we continue to advocate on Immigration issues and the shortage of staff, two issues that affect our members and all sectors of the hospitality industry. We have been working on this issue in a number of ways, which we outline below, and we will continue to do this through written submissions, media opportunities, and meetings with officials and partners.
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Five Questions for Kristy Phillips
9 Oct 2018
Kristy is Hospitality New Zealand's newest elected member of the national board. Born and raised in Western Australia, she has recently become a “certified kiwi”. Kristy and her husband Grant co-own Zest restaurant in Timaru.
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National Board Members 2018
1 Oct 2018
On 27 September, Hospitality New Zealand held its Annual General Meeting at Rydges in Queenstown. Clare Davies stood down as National President after six years on the national board, and Jeremy Smith was elected in her place. Peter Morrison remains as Vice-President, and Tony Crosbie as Treasurer. All other board members were re-elected, along with new board member Kristy Phillips from the South Canterbury Branch.
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