Competition recognises changing face of hospitality
July 27th, 2012

Competition recognises changing face of hospitality

The New Zealand Café of the Year Award being held for the first time this year, is a sign of the evolution of New Zealand’s hospitality sector. Cafés have become a sophisticated and common feature of the trade in recent years, and the title of best in the nation will recognise high quality standards amongst the 3000 plus establishments around the country.

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National spread in Chef of the Year finalists
July 24th, 2012

National spread in Chef of the Year finalists

From South Island luxury lodges to hotel chains from the north; the nine competitors in the 2012 New Zealand Culinary Fare’s prestigious Chef of the Year competition have been named.

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May 24th, 2012

Finalists announced in Rotorua

The finalists of the inaugural Rotorua Hospitality Awards were announced last night (Wed 23rd May) at Skyline Rotorua.

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Culinary Fare’s new look for 20th year
May 22nd, 2012

Culinary Fare’s new look for 20th year

The 2012 Culinary Fare, the focus of professional performance during the annual celebration of hospitality at the industry’s trade fare in Auckland, has been transformed this year to reflect the demands of modern hospitality.

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May 9th, 2012

Rotorua launches local hospo awards

The inaugural Rotorua Hospitality Awards began this week, celebrating the region’s hospo community. Organised by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, The Rotorua Hospitality Awards will follow a successful formula used in other regions around the country.

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Marisa’s Missive: 10 tips for surviving the Christmas rush
December 12th, 2011

Marisa’s Missive: 10 tips for surviving the Christmas rush

When this time of year rolls around it is a good idea to have a plan for coping with the longer hours often required to keep up with demand. Here are a few tried and tested strategies from the Restaurant Association team.

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Restaurant Association of NZ: Protecting your premises
December 6th, 2011

Restaurant Association of NZ: Protecting your premises

Hospitality businesses can often be vulnerable targets of burglary, with reports of significant stock losses often reported as a result.

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September 20th, 2011

No Rugby World Cup boom yet for restaurants

A nationwide survey of restaurants, cafés and bars by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand shows that the first week of the Rugby World Cup 2011 may have delivered thousands to Party Central and the Auckland CBD, but there was no windfall for most independent operators.

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April 28th, 2011

Major new trade event for restaurant and bar sector

A major new trade show has been announced for the restaurant and bar sector, strategically timed to provide information, inspiration and product support in the build up to the Rugby World Cup 2011.

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Restaurant Association of New Zealand: The moment of truth is looming
April 5th, 2011

Restaurant Association of New Zealand: The moment of truth is looming

Edited highlights from CEO Steve Mackenzie’s presentation at the recent Food Safety Summit: How well is the hospitality industry prepared for the Food Act?

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Restaurant Association of New Zealand: She’ll be right – yeah right?
March 22nd, 2011

Restaurant Association of New Zealand: She’ll be right – yeah right?

The restaurant trade – stupid or astute?
Interestingly only 40% of international supporters that have bought RWC game tickets have actually made forward reservations in New Zealand, but even more interestingly, and a little scarily, only a little over 20% of restaurateurs have actually made plans to tap into this expected 80 thousand odd visitors. Most restaurant businesses, 76%, do not even plan to increase their staffing levels this year.

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Restaurant Association of New Zealand: What the hell have we been doing?
March 8th, 2011

Restaurant Association of New Zealand: What the hell have we been doing?

By Steve Mackenzie, CEO Restaurant Association of New Zealand.
“A chef shortage is a symptom of declining profits which are putting our restaurant industry at risk.”

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