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Spark Sport partner with SKY to show Rugby World Cup 2019
6 Aug 2019
Hospitality New Zealand has been busy voicing our member's concerns around Rugby World Cup 2019™ to Government and Spark Sport. Spark Sport have listened, and we are pleased to let you know that we now have a solution at hand for our members who do not have fibre internet.
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Understanding the 'new' luxury travel market
5 Aug 2019
Andy Cunningham, manager of the luxury Fiordland Lodge in Te Anau, discusses changes and trends in New Zealand’s luxury accommodation sector
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10 expert insights: How to promote mental wellness in the hospitality industry
18 Jul 2019
Raw Hospitality Director James Bennie shares his tips on how hospitality employers and managers can better manage their own mental health, as well as how to promote a culture of mental wellbeing among employees
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Wellington Hospitality Expo showcases the capital's vibrant hospitality scene
12 Jul 2019
Hospitality New Zealand Wellington Branch hosted its first Hospitality Expo to celebrate the region's operators, employees and suppliers
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Nominate the Rising Star on your team!
10 Jul 2019
Entries for Hospitality New Zealand’s Rising Stars Awards 2019 are now open
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“Benefit principle” must be applied to tourism and infrastructure funding
5 Jul 2019
Following the release on Thursday 4 July by the Productivity Commission of the “Local government funding and financing” draft report, Hospitality New Zealand continues to advocate that a visitor levy applied solely to the commercial accommodation sector is not a fair, equitable or sustainable solution to local funding
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7 easy sustainability wins for hospitality businesses
3 Jul 2019
There is an increasing demand for sustainable practices from both customers and the Government. Here, Hospitality New Zealand’s Sustainability Advisory Council Chair Nick Keene provides seven accessible and affordable tips for becoming a more environmentally friendly hospitality operator
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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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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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