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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Taranaki Halamoana Hospitality Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Taranaki Halamoana Hospitality Awards held on 19th October.

Are You Covered For A Power Outage?

The recent power outage in Auckland started on the morning of Sunday 5th October, (caused by fire at the Penrose substation) and resulted in up to 72 hours of power interruption for an estimated 85,000 residential and commercial customers.

It's time to sign up for DineAid 2014

DINEAID is a charitable initiative started over five years ago by a small group of caring New Zealand restaurateurs to give a helping hand to New Zealander's in need

A MORE PALATABLE REFERENDUM

Registration has now closed for the Restaurant Association of New Zealand-sanctioned event and now it’s the café-going public’s turn to determine which eateries become finalists.

WHO HAS MADE THE CUT

Knives are being sharpened across the country - from Matakana to Queenstown - as New Zealand'™s best chefs go head to head for the title of 'Premier Master of Fine Cuisine'™ in the second annual Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.

Major Award Winners Of The 2014 NZ Culinary Fare Announced

After three days of intense competition the major award winners of the 2014 NZ Culinary Fare have been announced. These are the competitors and teams who have come out on top, from the 600 competitors who competed in over 60 classes over three days (17th-19th August) at the Vodafone Events Centre.

Who Will Make The Cut At This Year's Premier Selection Awards?

Red meat is set to star on menus of the country'™s top restaurants over the next few months as chefs compete in the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.

Shorter, simpler .nz names coming soon

Once-in-a-generation changes don’t often occur, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen in the .nz domain name space.

His kitchen rules - chef whips up culinary award

Nickolas Han has traded his white laboratory coat for chef's whites with surprisingly successful results. The PIHMS chef was named Apprentice Chef of the Year at the 2014 New Zealand Culinary Fare, beating seven other contestants in Auckland on Tuesday.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductee and Good Neighbour Award Recipient Honoured by the Restaurant Association

In front of industry peers the Restaurant Association of New Zealand this evening celebrated two of its best and brightest as Christchurch’s Michael Turner was inducted to the Association’s Hall of Fame and New Plymouth restaurateur Barbara Olsen-Henderson was named as the industry’s inaugural Good Neighbour.

Restaurant Association Apprentice Takes Out Top Award

The ServiceIQ Cookery Apprentice of the Year 2014 is Nickolas Han of New Plymouth. Nickolas was awarded the title on Tuesday night at the NZ Culinary Fare in Auckland.

Love thy Neighbour

Hospitality Sector Champions Its Good Neighbour Award Finalists...

NZ Culinary Fare Moves To Manukau

The hospitality sector’s best and brightest will be on show in Manukau (Vodafone Events Centre) over three days in August when the NZ Culinary Fare opens its doors to competitors from near and far.

Rotorua Hospitality Awards a glittering sucess

Rotorua's annual hospitality awards were held for the third time on Sunday night, with the winners announced in front of a sell-out crowd of 420...

Cafe of the year returns in 2014

With Kiwis dining out more than ever, the positive habits instilled in hospitality staff by events such as the Café Of The Year competition represent a motivational way to improve businesses.

New award to celebrate community involvement announced

In 2014 the Restaurant Association, together with founding sponsor American Express, are launching a new annual award which will recognise a Restaurant Association member who is involved in doing outstanding things in community service. 

London on the menu for Ōra King Bursary winner

Wellington chef de partie Carlita Campbell has taken a three week sabbatical to London after winning the $10,000 Ōra King Chef’s Bursary award in March.

Barista Smackdown 2014 winner announced!

Auckland resident Masako crowned Barista Smackdown champion...

Tea gastronomy and tea mixology?

Here is your chance to experience a trend that is exciting foodies around the world...

Café and Restaurant Takings Surge

New Zealand’s hospitality sector experienced encouraging growth as rebounding consumer and business confidence played a major part in the (almost) tripling of the sector’s annual growth rate. The Restaurant Association's 2014 Hospitality Report has been released...

Auckland draft local alcohol policy 2014

Are you ready for the new Food Act?

The new Food Bill has recently been passed by Parliament and will become the Food Act 2014. The new Act will be rolled out over the next 21 months and the Ministry of Primary Industries will develop regulations, resources and guidance during this time. 

Chevron winners announced at Christchurch Hospitality Awards

Over 300 members of the Christchurch hospitality industry have come together to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Christchurch Hospitality Awards.

2014 Rotorua Hospitality Awards finalists announced

The Rotorua Hospitality Awards committee are pleased to announce this year’s finalists. Sharon Wallace, Rotorua Branch President of the Restaurant Association of NZ congratulated all the finalists.

Winners announced in the 2014 Hawkes Bay Hospitality awards

For the seventh year in a row, the exceptional people and establishments that make up the hospitality industry in Hawke’s Bay have been announced

Christchurch Hospitality Awards 2014 - Fianlists Announced

Drum roll please .... the finalists of the 2014 Christchurch Hospitality Awards have been announced...

Let the game begin...

The call for the wild has been issued. Registrations for the 17th annual Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge are open and we can’t wait to see what daring dishes will be devised this year...

Auckland hospitality pinpoints its talent

The Auckland hospitality industry has spoken, the votes are in and the finalists for the 2014 Lewisham Awards have been announced. With a record breaking 7,386 votes from their industry peers, the finalists represent the leading lights of the Auckland restaurant scene.

Hospo people recognise their best

Workers and associates of the Hawkes Bay hospitality sector have spoken and the Finalists for the Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards 2014 have been announced.

New Event for the Restaurant Association of NZ - Barista Smackdown!

An exciting style of 'knock out' competition, the event will see over 90 baristas go head to head for the title of 'Smackdown Champ'

Christchurch celebrates its own at the Christchurch Hospitality Awards

The 2014 Christchurch Hospitality Awards are here to reflect the New Christchurch and showcase our world class city of hospitality.

Young Wellington chef wins $10,000 bursary

The only female and youngest chef among the finalists has been awarded the inaugural ra King Chefs Bursary worth $10,000.

New event coming this June - Barista Smackdown

We are proud to be adding a new event to our exciting calendar of activities...

Hattaway Leads Hospitality in the Southern Lakes

Hattaway brings 20 years industry experience and extensive local knowledge to his new role...

New Salon Director appointed for the Restaurant Associations New Zealand Culinary Fare

The Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the official appointment of Pip Duncan to the role of Salon Director for the New Zealand Culinary Fare

Auckland Golf Day 2014, another great day!

The Restaurant Association Auckland Branch Golf Day was held on Tuesday the 11th February at Muriwai...

Earthquake Information

Information for hospitality businesses affected by the recent earthquake in the lower north island.

Ōra King launches Chef's Bursary

Ōra King is set to give one of New Zealand’s up-and-coming chefs a taste of the world with the launch of a new Chef’s Bursary. One talented chef will travel to a culinary destination of his or her choice thanks to the $10,000 scholarship offered by the award-winning salmon brand.

Nelson Cafe is NZ's Best

The nation’s best café is in Nelson. The Jester House Café between Richmond and Motueka on Aporo Road...

Dining Survey Shows Preference for Home Grown

The latest American Express Dining Insights survey examining the nation’s dining habits shows strong support for dishes made with New Zealand sourced ingredients...

Cafe of the year award: regional winners revealed

The regional winners have been found and now Kiwi diners await the decision of the judges...

Taranaki Halamoana Award Winners 2013

Celebrating hospitality

NZ Cafe of the Year top finalists revealed

Public has its say; now it’s up to the judges...

The Taste Summit

On Sunday afternoon at Taste of Auckland, we are inviting chefs to join us for a bite to eat, a drink and a discussion before heading out to explore the rest of the festival...

Kiwi diners still favour quality over quantity

The latest American Express dining survey examining the nation’s dining habits shows strong support for restaurant and cafés to improve the nutritional value of children’s meals.

Dine Aid turns 5. Celebrate with us on 15th November!

This year marks Dine Aid’s 5th anniversary of helping New Zealanders in need...

New OneMusic Licence great for business

APRA and PPNZ Music Licensing have come together to create a world-first, single music licence that best serves New Zealand businesses.

Voting Underway For NZ Cafe of the Year

2nd September, 2013

Forget local body elections; for food fans the big call this year is on which is New Zealand’s best café.

John Hellebrekers inducted into Restaurant Association Hall of Fame

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand has announced John Hellebrekers as the 2013 inductee into the Association’s Hall of Fame, an accolade reserved for those who have made an extensive and on-going commitment to New Zealand’s hospitality industry.

Gold for young chef star

Tamara Johnson of St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro in Auckland outshone competitors in this year’s ServiceIQ Modern Apprentice Chef of the Year competition, winning the gold medal.

Earthquake Information

Information for hospitality businesses affected by the recent earthquakes

Join us at the NZ Culinary Fare!

We’d like to remind you that the Restaurant Association is hosting the NZ CULINARY FARE (along with our premium sponsors American Express, G6 Hygiene, Goodman Fielder, Moffat and Southern Hospitality), this Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (18,19,20 August). So if you can, come along to the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane for a visit.

Top of the food chain

Marisa Bidois' law background came in handy when a chef decided to serve cake to all the diners on his birthday. Turns out, it was a hash job...

The unsung heroes of the restaurant scene

Celebrity chefs may be the trend du jour, but behind each one is a hard-working restaurateur, writes Nici Wickes (Viva Magazine, 31 July, 2013)

Outlook for Hospitality Industry Improves

As New Zealand’s economy continues to strengthen, so too does the hospitality industry.The third annual Hospitality Report, the definitive guide to the performance of New Zealand’s hospitality industry was released on 2nd July...

2013 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the Rotorua Hospitality Awards were announced on Sunday night, 23 June at Skyline Rotorua. With an outstanding amount of support, over 850 votes were received across the 13 categories and demand for tickets for the awards evening far exceeded availability.

Cuisine crowns New Zealand's best restaurants

Diners in New Zealand are being treated to the finest food they have ever had according to Kerry Tyack, head judge of this year’s Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards...

Auckland hospitality superstars honoured at awards evening

The Lewisham Awards have been announced recently at a sparkling event at SKYCITY Convention Centre. The awards recognise the best in the local hospitality business as voted by those within the industry - and the hospo crowd came out in force to celebrate the best of the best.

IT'S THE YEAR OF THE GLOBAL ROAST

Selaks New Zealand Roast Day began in 2010 when Selaks decided to dedicate a day in honor of the humble New Zealand Roast. Selaks were determined to ensure that the roast retains its rightful place in our country’s rich epicurean history. This years Selaks NZ Roast Day is on 5th August, with opporutunity for restaurants and cafes to get on board the event...

2013 Rotorua Hospitality Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2013 Rotorua Hospitality Awards have been announced. Initiated and partnered by the Rotorua Branch of the Restaurant Association and foundation sponsor Gilmours Rotorua, the awards have gathered wide ranging support in the Rotorua area and throughout the country in the way of category Sponsors and product contributors.

Winners announced in 2013 Hawke's Bay Hospitality Awards

For the sixth year in a row, the exceptional people and establishments that make up the hospitality industry in Hawke’s Bay have been announced.

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY SLOW COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

Southern Hospitality Group Corporate Chef, Tony Taylor, will be holding live cooking demonstrations at a Southern Hospitality branch near you!

Stars of Auckland's hospitality scene announced - finalists of the Lewisham Awards

The shining stars of Auckland’s hospitality scene have been revealed.Four finalists in each of 16 categories are vying for votes in the lead up to the 11th annual Lewisham Awards on Sunday, June 2.

New Zealand PM announces $158 million tourism package

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says a $158 million tourism package mainly for marketing overseas will need to be matched by new infrastructure - including convention centres - if the plan is as successful as hoped.

Wellington entertainment survey launched

What is the best thing about hospitality and entertainment in Wellington? Is there anything that can be done to improve the nighttime experience on offer here in the world’s coolest little capital? Are there any relevant concerns that local leaders need to address?

Emerging economies driving growth in food & beverage sector

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has today released a report showing growth in the New Zealand food and beverage sector...

More cafes opt to close over Easter

With the Easter break approaching, a growing number of restaurants and cafes are indicating they will be closed on public holidays because of the extra costs involved.

Lewisham Award Nominations - Open

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act

Changes to the sale and supply of alcohol in New Zealand are underway after legislation reforming New Zealand’s alcohol laws was passed into law by Parliament at the end of December...

The Surcharge Debate

This week restaurant and café operators up and down the country will face a choice as they do on every statutory holiday. Should I open? For many it’s not an easy decision, says Restaurant Association of New Zealand Chief Executive, Marisa Bidois.

Surcharging - it's a matter of choice

In the midst of holiday season, the debate about public holiday surcharging by restaurants and cafes is one that continues to polarise customers and the industry alike.

Take advantage of our special BIDVEST offer ~ every $200 of fresh red meat gives you a massive $0.20 per litre fuel discount!

Winners announced in 2012 Manawatu Hospitality Awards

The best pub, the best cafe and the best restaurant were just a few of the sought-after prizes at this years Manawatu Hospitality Awards. Held at the Regent on Broadway in Palmerston North recently, the ceremony recognised the best in the industry in the Manawatu region and also included best barista, best waiter and best chef of the year.

Paper Moon awarded NZ Cafe of the Year

Auckland seaside cafe Paper Moon, Mairangi Bay has been crowned the top cafe in the country in the inaugural NZ Cafe of the Year competition.

Top restaurants offer taste of Diwali

Diners at some of Aucklands top restaurants will enjoy a taste of Diwali thanks to a new initiative to accompany this years festival. Illuminated strawberries, tamarillos, grapes, blood oranges and pomegranate, traditional halva and pistachios thats just one of the innovative dishes on the menu as restaurants rise to the challenge of creating a unique vegetarian dish to celebrate Aucklands Diwali Festival.

Tea gastronomy wins gold for young chef and charity auction at Euro

Young Auckland chef Chris Webb and his waiter partner Leanne Ayre have won the New Zealand section of the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge 2012 with an array of teas...

Merger in Motion

Since March 2012, three industry training organisations, the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO), Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) and Retail Institute have been engaged in formal merger discussions..

Back to Back Victories for NZ Culinary Fare Chef of the Year

Auckland based chef David Schofield successfully defended his Chef of the Year title...

More than half of Kiwis continue to dine out despite tough times

According to the latest nationwide American Express Dining survey*, 56 per cent of New Zealanders still dine out at least once a month despite the challenging economic conditions. More than half of New Zealanders dine out at least once a month, but the number of people dining out once a week has dropped by 10 per cent compared to April 2011.

2012 Capital Awards - Winners

The Capital Awards are the Wellington regions premier hospitality awards. They celebrate excellence and what makes Wellington a stand-out hospitality city...

Chef aims to take title

Kevin Blakeman has cooked for royalty and now he's out for glory. The Waitakere Estate head chef is one of nine competitors in the running to become the Chef of the Year at the New Zealand Culinary Fare this month...

Dad and Daughter Date Night... a new kind of celebration

Dad & Daughter Date Night is an unofficial holiday falling this year on the 5th August to celebrate the special bond shared between a father and his daughter/s. We're encouraging hospitality businesses to get behing this new celebration...

Dilmah challenges professionals to put 'real' in to High Tea

Dilmah has launched a unique culinary challenge that will test not only the skills, but the traditional thinking of New Zealands professional chefs and food and beverage connoisseurs.

Hospitality Businesses Look For Points Of Diversity Amid Challenging Conditions

Restaurants are feeling the squeeze according to the 2012 Hospitality Report just released by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand and AUT University.

The winners of the inaugural Rotorua Hospitality Awards 2012

The awards were a chance for the winners to share their successes with their peers and fellow finalists...

Exclusive member benefit - purchases of meat through Bidvest

New Zealand Culinary Fare Gets Makeover to Celebrate 20th Year

Over three days in August the hospitality sectors best and brightest will battle it out in the heat and steam of kitchens at the 20th annual New Zealand Culinary Fare...

City's hospitality industry to hold awards

The best of Rotorua's hospitality industry is set to be celebrated.

Winners of the New Zealand King Salmon Nelson Hospitality Awards announced!

The 2012 New Zealand King Salmon Nelson Hospitality Awards were held at the Grand Mercure Nelson, Monaco recently.

Rotorua Hospitality Awards Voting Kicks Off

The inaugural Rotorua Hospitality Awards kick off in Rotorua today celebrating the Hospitality Industry in the region.

In the challenging economic environment, attracting and retaining talented people is more important than ever...

Make sure your remuneration rates are on track the 2012 Hospitality Industry Remuneration Survey, the hospitality industry's most comprehensive survey of remuneration rates in hospitality businesses.

Young Chef Dishes up Australasia's Best Savoury

A young Christchurch chef served up the best savoury dish as voted by judges...

The HEAT is on...

The Restaurant Association has partnered with WelTec to provide HEAT training throughout New Zealand...

Imagine a loyalty programme where your customer's Eftpos Card or Credit Card is their loyalty card

Eftplus, a company that provides an innovative loyalty program based on the customers Eftpos Card or Credit Card transactions. It's a system which will help you understand your business better, understand your customers better and give your customers more reasons to keep returning.

Auckland Branch Golf Day 2012, Another Hit!

After another great Golf Day at Muriwai Golf Club, we look forward to next year...

Jamie Oliver set for NZ launch

Last week David Williams toured through Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown looking at sites for three new restaurants, each seating up to 200 diners...

Slow progress on stadium, centre hit CBD

Bars and restaurant owners are leaving the central business district frustrated by the lack of progress by the Christchurch City Council...

High Achiever: Sharon Wallace

Necessity got Sharon Wallace into the restaurant and hospitality industry, but she wants today's young people to get involved because they see the potential for a vibrant career...

Young Chefs head to Melbourne to do New Zealand Proud

Four Kiwi trainee chefs are gearing up to take on Australias best in the Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef Australasian final in Melbourne...

Special Restaurant Association Member Offer To See Heston Blumenthal Live

For the first time in New Zealand, Heston Blumenthal appears live on stage for one night only at the AOTEA Centre, Auckland. This enthralling evening will focus on Hestons unique philosophy and approach to cooking, exploring taste and flavour, and his passion for the multi-sensory experience of eating and drinking.

Summer Blues: This summer's winners and losers

The dismal holiday weather hasn't been kind to some businesses - but others can't stop smiling. Michael Dickison reports on the winners and losers of our damp start to summer...

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.

How To For The Hospitality Industry: Advice On The Treatment Of PAYE & GST On Tips

As part of the increased focus on hospitality businesses, the IRD has recently updated information on how employers should treat tips. As the advice has implications for many businesses, this has resulted in a number of queries to the Association asking for clarification.

Protection and prevention key focus to protect premises from security threats

By implementing some inexpensive security measures hospitality businesses can reduce their vulnerability and the threat of burglary. The Association offers some top security tips for business...

HSI appoint new Chief Executive

The Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) have appointed Ken Harris as its new Chief Executive.

Warning to businesses dealing in fish

A word of warning to businesses in Auckland and Tauranga who deal in fish...

Black Market Fish

Tauranga fishing trawler likely to be seized following apparent black market activity...

Food prices drop in October but up on year

Food prices fell 1.3% in October, following decreases of 1.0% and 1.3% in September and August respectively....

Salt, Pepper, Smartphone...

The sight of a couple ignoring each other while out to dinner in order to tap away on smartphones is increasingly common...

Thousands leave Christchurch

Workers are continuing to abandon quake-hit Canterbury in large numbers with figures showing more than 1000 leaving the region every month since February....

Workers departing Christchurch after the quakes

Christchurch Branch President Michael Turner on RadioNZ National...

Canny diners tighten their money belts

Menu prices are now more important to New Zealand diners than a restaurant's reputation for food and service when choosing where to eat...

Restaurant Association Urges Hospitality Providers To Use Gas Responsibly

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand today said that restaurants, bars and cafes reliant on gas should act responsibly during the current crisis with the Maui pipeline leak...

Gas Pipeline Leak - IMPORTANT UPDATE

This notification is to confirm that, following a serious gas escape, a critical contingency has been declared by the Critical Contingency Operator (CCO) for the Maui pipeline...

New member benefit with key partner Westpac

Westpac will pay a rebate to eligible members on the credit card interchange revenue it earns, where Westpac-issued MasterCard and Visa credit cards are processed through your Westpac merchant facility(s) MORE...

Entries now open for Fonterra Foodservices' Proud to be a Chef

Kiwi apprentice chefs are urged to register now to win a once in a lifetime opportunity...

Comprehensive Research on the Hospitality Industry

The Restaurant Association has partnered with AUT to produce the first Hospitality Industry Report - a document packed with relevant statistical data, research and comment for the hospitality industry...

A deal of doubt over web worth

NZ Restaurants report mixed results from the links with the many daily deals websites touting for a piece of their special offers...

Eat-and-run diners force cafe owners to fight back

Dishonest diners are enjoying their meals then fleeing without paying - forcing some restaurants to take defensive measures...

Taste of New Zealand 'App' offer for members

Hospitality Magazine want to offer Restaurant Association memebers the opportunity to subscribe for a free business listing on the Taste of New Zealand app (TONZ 'App')...

Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year Award 2011

Auckland’s Merediths restaurant has been awarded the title of Supreme Winner of the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards 2011.

Culinary Fare Major Award Winners 2011

Congratulations to the following Major Award Winners at the 2011 New Zealand Culinary Fare…

Quiteter life beckons industry stalwart - David Meagher

Thank heavens that Auckland restaurateur David Meagher (pronouced Marr for the uninitiated) doesn't take after his forebears...

Industry Insider Set To Return To Lead Association

The Restaurant Association has appointed a familiar face as Chief Executive of the Association. Marisa Bidois is returning to the Restaurant Association...

Cusine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards 2011 - Finalists Announced

It’s an exciting time to be eating out in New Zealand, as evidenced by the Top 50 finalists in this year’s Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards...

2011 Lewisham Foundation Awards Winners!

With over 10,500 votes counted and 16 winners announced on 29th May It was a great night had by all...

Analyse your business performance at a glance.

The Restaurant Association and financial advisors, Grant Thornton New Zealand, have developed a unique online business tool to get you thinking about your business

Paid Parking Letter to Wellington City Council

On- street parking is critical to supporting Wellington’s arts and entertainment industry, and we believe that increasing the cost and extending the time of paid parking will have a negative impact....

2011 Hospitality Industry Remuneration Survey

The hospitality industry's most comprehensive survey of remuneration rates in hospitality businesses...

Which Public Holidays Apply For ANZAC Day & Easter?

There has been some confusion about the public holidays falling over Easter and ANZAC day this year. To alleviate any confusion, we‘d like to remind members of their obligations over these upcoming public holidays....

Christchurch Earthquake Information

Information for hospitality businesses affected by the Christchurch earthquake

Proud to be a Chef New Zealand Winners to Battle Australia's Best

Top Kiwi trainee chefs Teresa Joe and Elliott Pinn will represent New Zealand at the Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef Australasian final in Melbourne this week...

Hospitality Industry turn out to raise funds for CHCH quake victims

Restaurant Association members through out New Zealand are raising funds and providing support for those affected by the Christchurch quake...

Canterbury couple brings home the bacon in Cuisine 2011 Artisan Awards

A couple virtually hand-rearing free-range pigs on a farm near Waimate in South Canterbury has taken the title of Supreme Winner in the third annual Cuisine Artisan Awards...

Restaurant Association Annual Golf Day - HIT!

The Restaurant Association Auckland Branch Golf Day was held on the 8th February at Muriwai...

Fonterra Foodservices Global Pizza Challenge is on!

Do you have the secret to the best pizza in the land? The Fonterra Foodservices Global Pizza Challenge has arrived in New Zealand to find our best pizza maker...

We're a nation of people who love our food and dining out - but do restaurateurs love us?

New Zealanders love eating out. Between us we help sustain a local restaurant trade that turns over an eye-watering $14 million a day.

2010 Restaurant, Cafe and Bar Profitability Survey

The hospitality industry's most comprehensive survey of restaurant, cafe and bar profitability. We are inviting your contribution to our Hospitality Industry Operations Report...

Restaurant Gift Card A First For New Zealand

The Restaurant Association in association with Ezi-Pay / Gift Station is pleased to announce a new value benefit for members to assist with the marketing of their business; a restaurant gift card marketed through thousands of retailers around New Zealand and only able to be redeemed in Restaurant Association member establishments.

Chefs and entertainers pull together in aid of miners

Some of New Zealand’s leading chefs, entertainers and service professionals are set to host a fundraising dinner in aid of the Pike River Miners Relief Fund next February...

Employment Law Update

There have recently been a number of significant changes to employment-related legislation passed by Government, the majority of which will come into law in April next year. This includes changes to the 90 day trial period legislation, paying out annual leave, calculating leave days and the transfer of public holidays...

Pick Up The Pieces

Anymore Breakage Should Come From You! The Restaurant Association of NZ has raised money through events in Queenstown and at the Grove Restaurant in Auckland to help their fellow restauranteurs in the South Island...

Bidvest Wanaka Crowned King of the Sausage

The challenge was on for the nation’s best snarler last week in Auckland. With over 400 sausages on the chopping board the heat was on...

World best city Wellington has more cafes, bars etc per capita than New York - so what's it like?

Wellington has just been named the fourth best city in the world; and might just be the best little capital in the world, according to travel guide Lonely Planet...

Crunch Time Looms For Hospitality Trade

Every day our restaurants and food service outlets feed 1.5 million people. Food safety is an integral part of this experience.It's a competitive advantage and an absolute necessity for one of the country's cornerstone industries

Official Rugby World Cup 2011 Travel Guide - RA negotiates exclusive deal

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand on behalf of MYJOT Ltd (the official licensee of the RWC 2011 Travel Guide) brings you the opportunity to advertise your restaurant or cafe in this RWC 2011 exclusive publication.

Remarkable Winners Announced in the 2010 Southern Lakes Hospitality Awards

The exceptional people and establisments that make up our hospitality industry in the Southern Lakes have been announced. The Hospitaltiy Awards are FOR the industry BY the industry.

Restaurant Association of NZ supports alcohol reform but cautions against uniformed decisions

Auckland, 24 August 2010 – The Restaurant Association of New Zealand (RANZ) today welcomed the Government’s comprehensive alcohol law reform package saying that it supported the move to address concerns caused by alcohol-related harm...

Culinary Fare 2010 Results

These are the medal and major results from across the three day Culinary Fare 2010 competion

South Island Restaurant Scoops Top Award

Cuisine Awards Logo On a quiet stretch of the Waitaki Plains in North Otago, 12KM outside Oamaru, sits Riverstone Kitchen, the newly crowned Supreme Winner of the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards 2010.

New Zealand Restaurant trailblazer dies still cooking

The man who changed the way Kiwis dined by serving alcohol at his restaurant, has died.

2010 Restaurant Association Hospitality Industry Remuneration Survey Summary of Results

The 2010 Hospitality Industry Remuneration Survey was conducted in May and results incorporated 9,928 staff from 719 businesses.

Who Makes Up the Tourism Industry?

There are a large number of organisations that are involved in tourism in New Zealand

Hawkes Bay Hospitality Award Photos 2010

For the third year in a row - the Hawke's Bay Hospitality Awards.  The Hospitality Awards are FOR the industry BY the industry. 

Restaurant Association News: Things you need to know

The taste professional development-training calendar started in early April and will continue for the next six months. The seminars are held on Tuesdays, so mark that on your calendar as training day.

Restaurant Association Remuneration Survey

The latest Restaurant Association Remuneration Survey was conducted nationwide in April 2009 and the results cover 10,699 staff employed in 505 hospitality businesses...