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Booking.com now offering third party inventory with Booking.basic
30 Nov 2018
Booking.com have rolled out Booking.basic, a new style of online reservation website that will display, what Booking.com consider to be publicly available rates on the site.
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Is your business ready for payday filing?
26 Nov 2018
Payday filing is currently voluntary for businesses, but it will become mandatory from April 2019. Read on for resources and guidance from Inland Revenue to get you payday filing ready, before it becomes compulsory.
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Matt McLaughlin awarded for keeping Wellington safe
21 Nov 2018
Hospitality New Zealand's Wellington Branch President has been celebrated at Wellington City Council's Safety in the City awards ceremony for his work in trying to prevent sexual assault via the soon to launch Don't Guess the Yes campaign.
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19 Nov 2018
Hospitality New Zealand Wellington Branch teams up with Police and Council to help prevent sexual assault in Wellington. More than 50 Wellington hospitality businesses have signed up to the Don’t Guess The Yes campaign, sending out a clear message that sexual assault isn’t tolerated in the capital.
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Hospitality NZ member wins big at Manawatu Hospitality Awards
16 Nov 2018
Hospitality New Zealand member Brew Union Brewing Company, located in central Palmerston North swept the board at the 2018 Manawatu Hospitality Awards, held on Sunday November 11.
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“Not just a pub, but a community hub”
5 Nov 2018
The story of one Hospitality NZ member, Tolaga Bay Inn, demonstrates how far the work of the hospitality sector can go in inspiring, developing, and preserving our local communities across the country.
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The Glass Packaging Forum teams up with Hospitality New Zealand
5 Nov 2018
The Glass Packaging Forum is working collaboratively with Hospitality New Zealand to help promote sustainability in the sector, by making glass recycling easier and more accessible for hospitality businesses
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Get match-ready with fibre broadband
5 Nov 2018
As a nation of sports fanatics, if we can’t make it to the live game, you can bet we’ll be meeting up with our mates to watch it live on the big screen. With some hotly anticipated sporting events streaming live online in 2019, having a great internet connection is essential to becoming the ‘go-to’ place to catch the game.
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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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Recognising a lifetime of service to Hospitality
1 Oct 2018
The HNZ Hall of Fame is made up of individuals who have made significant contributions to the hospitality industry, who are admired and respected by their peers and exemplify excellence and dedication to the Hospitality industry. With a career spanning just over 40 years, Peter Morrison is a mainstay of the Christchurch hospitality scene. He holds various executive roles, including his current role as Vice-President of the national board of Hospitality New Zealand. He is also a World Director of SKAL International, the world’s leading tourism and hospitality organisation.
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