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Restaurant Association Resilience Award Winners

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Celebrating the many people and businesses that have stepped up and shown steely determination as we navigated our way through COVID-19.


Outstanding community spirit is Kapura. Jamie, Will and the Kapura team transformed the business to produce frozen meals and packs. The team worked with The Ministry of Social Development to deliver over 200,000 meals and 35,000 grocery boxes to 9000 Wellingtonians in need, all at cost price. The Kapura team also started a lockdown legends website where members of the public could nominate someone in the community doing great work to receive a free main meal at any of the Kapura sites.

Outstanding local hospo hero went to Jackie Lee Morrison who spearheaded a hospitality collective, the Pandemic Pack, to offer a combined delivery service during Levels 3 and 2 of the NZ COVID-19 alert system.

Outstanding Innovation went to At Yours by Visa Wellington On a Plate who created an online directory of food and beverage services offering contactless delivery, click and collect, and/or takeaway during Alert Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown. The site was put together in record time, designed to be up and running as soon as the country moved to Alert Level 3.


Outstanding innovation went to the developers of Riverside Market, Kris Inglis, Mike Percasky and Richard Peebles. Tenants at Riverside Market and Riverside Retail Lanes in the central city were offered rent relief across March, April and May in an effort to help them keep their doors open. They also introduced Market Box – containing fresh food, meat, vegetables, fish and other raw ingredients that could be ordered online and delivered to customers’ doors

Outstanding community spirit went to The Vagabond Chef for their community focused offering post level 4 lock down. The team contributed regular donations of resources and food to Christchurch City Mission and Kidscan to help those most at need in the community.

Popular local street food eatery Smokey T’s picked up the people’s choice award. Owner Tristan Anderson was also awarded the outstanding local hero prize for his dedication to the local hospitality scene and going above and beyond for the community.

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