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The search for the best in Rotorua hospitality is on!

The annual Rotorua Hospitality Awards nomination process has begun, where outstanding hospitality staff will be nominated by their peers for their outstanding commitment to Rotorua’s vibrant hospitality industry. The awards are proudly presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

​Are you ready for the Lions Tour?

Over 20,000 international visitors are expected to follow the tour around New Zealand and international broadcast of matches will reach over 200 million people.

2017 Lewisham Awards Finalists Announced

The Lewisham Awards recognise every aspect that contributes to the excellence of Auckland’s vibrant and diverse dining and entertainment scene whether it is a new chef, barista, supplier or wine list and the finalists have just been announced!

New Zealand School of Food & Wine - popular courses on offer with member discounts

We are pleased to be able to offer Restaurant Association members a discount on some of the NZ School of Food and Wine's most popular courses. These are the Licensed Controller Qualification, 1 day food safety course and a beginners course to starting your own food business.

Plans to close two Wellington streets to prevent alcohol pre-loading

Pre-loading party-goers in Wellington's Courtenay Place may force authorities to close two busy bar streets, but critics say it would be overkill.

Emergency guidelines

We are headed into more wild weather conditions and we know many members across the Country may be affected. The Restaurant Association are here to help if you need it.

Top Hospitality Students Line Up for Live Kitchen Battle

Top hospitality students from around the country have confirmed their involvement in this year’s national culinary competition which determines who are the country’s emerging culinary and restaurant service superstars. Putting it all on the line at the annual Nestlé Toque d’Or competition will be 30 students from the country’s leading training institutes.

Everything you need to know about Easter 2017

Easter can get the better of many employers, as one of the more confusing public holiday periods. To alleviate any confusion, here’s our Easter 101 guide to your obligations over these upcoming public holidays.

What is the value of your business?

Holden vs Ford? Fans of the rival car makers will loudly argue the merits of red or blue; talk knowledgeably about the latest models; pay a premium for branded shirts or stubby holders. There is no question that these brands have value, beyond the cars themselves.

Ensuring the health & safety of employees working alone

If you have employees working alone, you'll need to consider how you will mange their health and safety. There is a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to eliminate all risks to health and safety, and if risks cannot be eliminated they must be minimised as far as is reasonably practical.


This April we head straight from Easter into ANZAC Day and there is usually some amount of uncertainty around when you are allowed to trade on this day. To alleviate any confusion, we’d like to remind members of your obligations over this public holiday.

Non-compliant employers may face stand-down from recruiting migrant workers

In a move that will see the support of all responsible employers, the Minister of Immigration has announced new measures to stop employers who breach immigration and employment law from recruiting migrant workers.

Get involved in Pink Ribbon Breakfast in May

New Zealand’s 24 Starbucks stores will make a pink splash this May – Pink Ribbon Breakfast month – with the addition of a Black Forest Hot Chocolate to its menu for the month. Proceeds from sales of the raspberry whipped cream-topped beverage will go towards the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving research programmes, and to supporting women with breast cancer.

Minimum wage rates increase 1st April, 2017

Minimum wage rates are reviewed every year. From 1 April, 2017, the adult minimum wage rates (before tax) that apply for employees aged 16 years or over have been increased.

New resource makes food safety easier for businesses

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a new resource to make it easier for businesses to manage food safety. They have redesigned the template food control plan for businesses like restaurants, cafes and delis to comply with the Food Act.

Results from the Restaurant Association Auckland Branch Golf Day

The Restaurant Association Auckland Branch held their annual hospitality golf day on 21st February at Muriwai Golf Course. It was a hot, hot day, with lots of action on the green and at each hole, thanks to our generous sponsors.

Deadlines for new food safety law coming up

The deadline for some businesses to register under the new Food Act is coming up. Food businesses, including restaurants and cafes with an alcohol licence, need to apply by 31 March.

Emergency Information 2017 – Port Hills fires

The advice here is designed to help our members make good, safe, sensible and practical decisions in the event of an emergency situation such as an the fires currently affecting Canterbury. Please contact the Restaurant Association on 0800 737 827 at any time if you have concerns or questions.


Rotorua’s Capers has been named the 2017 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year.

New Zealand's Best Red Meat Chefs

Chameleon Restaurant, Wellington has taken out the title of Premier Master of Fine Cuisine at the annual Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards, held in Auckland.

Have you registered under new food safety law?

The deadline for some businesses to register under the Food Act is coming up. Food service businesses, like restaurants and cafes, with an alcohol licence need to apply by 31 st March 2017. Those without an alcohol licence have until the following year.

Announcing the Puhoi Valley People’s Choice Award regional winners

Kiwis have voted, the results are in and the regional winners of the Puhoi Valley People’s Choice Award have been announced.

Get on board our gift card and voucher programmes for Christmas

Christmas is when the Restaurant Association gift voucher and Restaurant gift card programmes hit overdrive. Over $1.4 million in sales were made for these two schemes in 2016, making these two of our most outstanding member benefits!

The winners of the inaugural Restaurant Association’s Bay Hospitality Awards have been announced!

The winners of the inaugural Bay Hospitality Awards were announced last night at a Gala dinner held at Mills Reef Winery.


Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards 2016 Finalists Announced. After receiving a record number of entries the judges of the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards have found their twelve finalists. In the end it was the use of creative cuts and innovative techniques that separated the best chefs from the rest by the smallest of margins.

Restaurant Association heads to Kaikoura to offer one on one advice

Representatives from the Restaurant Association of New Zealand have travelled to Kaikoura today to offer support to local businesses through a pop-up advisory office in the region.


The advice here is designed to help our members make good, safe, sensible and practical decisions in the event of an emergency situation such as an earthquake.

Hospitality hot again in October

Shoppers continued to spend more in restaurants, takeaway shops, and on accommodation in October, Statistics New Zealand say.

Manawatu Hospitality Awards highlight the region's best

The usual suspects have dominated the major gongs at the Manawatu Hospitality Awards, with a scattering of newcomers also walking away with trophies.

Winners of the Wellington 'Felix Hospitality Awards' announced

The Restaurant Association is proud to announce the winners of the Wellington 'Felix Hospitality Awards'.

The finalists of the inaugural Restaurant Association’s Bay Hospitality Awards have been announced!

With well over 1200 nominations received over the 13 categories, the calibre of talent vying for top spot in the inaugural Bay Hospitality Awards is evident.


We’ve noticed that many employers are already planning for their Summer crew to start with them and are also considering their rostering and opening hours over the Christmas / New Year statutory holidays. Here is a quick overview to help get you up to speed with your public holiday planning this year.

Sue Fleischl inducted to the Restaurant Association Hall of Fame

In front of industry peers the Restaurant Association of New Zealand this evening celebrated four of its best and brightest as Auckland’s Sue Fleischl was inducted to the Association’s Hall of Fame, Kerikeri Café owners Therese & Mats Wickbom were named as the industry’s inaugural Good Neighbour, ConversationNZ took out the Innovator Award and industry icon, Don Fletcher was awarded a Lifetime Membership Award.

Regional chefs keen for a taste of success in Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards 2016

The Restaurant Association invites you to Hospitality Summit

The Restaurant Association of NZ invites you to the 2016 Hospitality Summit, 9th & 10th October 2016, at Auckland Museum. Join us for two days packed full of inspiration and advice from some of our finest hospitality leaders.


A Te Rapa café has scooped the supreme award at the recent annual 2016 Robert Harris Café Franchise Awards.

Who do you think is the best? The Bay Hospitality Awards are here!

The inaugural Bay Hospitality Awards are here celebrating the Hospitality Industry in the region and saluting hospitality excellence. Organised by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Bay Hospitality Awards will follow a successful formula used in other regions around the country.

Outstanding Wellington hospitality professionals announced!

Wellington’s Hospitality industry has spoken and the finalists have been announced in the Wellington Hospitality Awards for 2016 at a well-attended event hosted by Cordon Bleu hospitality training school.

Chefs Must Remain on Essential Skills Menu

The hospitality sector is facing a critical shortage of skilled chefs, with many businesses struggling to find suitable candidates and positions remaining vacant for months.

Do you have the appetite to be the best?

Silver Fern Farms invites NZ’s top chefs to take part in this year’s Premier Selection Awards.

Do your customers love your café?

Registrations for the 2017 Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year are now open!


Hospitality business owners and their teams will gather at the Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Summit on 9 & 10 October to hear some of our industry’s superstars delivering the latest insights and trends for hospitality. We’ll be providing 48 hours of inspiration and advice that we guarantee will help improve your business and change the way you do business!

Come Feast With Us!

On 9th October, to finish off the first day of Hospitality Summit, we’ll don our black ties and dinner dresses for Feast by Famous Chefs, where four of New Zealand’s top chefs will wow their peers with course after course of mouth-watering culinary delights.

Invitation for New Zealand's top sommeliers to enter the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year awards

Opening wine with precision, knowing the principles of how to decant wine and talking informatively to customers are all part of the New Zealand Sommelier Awards – the focus of two professional competitions on Sunday 11 September this year.

New survey reveals what is driving customer dining habits

Findings from a nationwide study have revealed that most Kiwi diners (70%) prefer casual dining over a formal setting, and that excellent food is what will keep them going back to a restaurant time and time again.

The best in the business, as voted by Christchurch’s hospo industry..

The 2016 Christchurch Hospitality Awards have been held and the best in the business, as voted by Christchurch’s hospo industry are..

Rotorua hospo award winners revealed

Rotorua Hospitality is booming and thriving with the best of the best celebrating in style on 17th July at the 5th Annual Hospitality Awards held at the Energy Events Centre.


The Restaurant Association will be honouring our industry’s biggest stars at the annual Feast by Famous Chefs dinner on 9th October, as we acknowledge those who have had an exceptional influence on hospitality. We are currently inviting nominations for these three awards which will be presented on the night to recognise outstanding contributions in three different areas of the industry.

Chefs turnip the beet in Vegetarian Dish competition

Three Kiwi chefs have done amazing things with vegetables to take out the top awards of New Zealand’s premier vegetable competition.


The exceptional people and establishments that make up the hospitality industry in Hawke’s Bay have been announced at the ninth annual Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards.

Young chef awarded medal for excellence

Twenty year old and newly qualified chef, Daniel Baird, has been awarded the City & Guilds’ Medal for Excellence. This is one of only four medals awarded in New Zealand from a total of 100 medals available worldwide.

Chef of the Year brews up gold medal

NZChef of the 2015 Shaun Tyagi Himanshu is another step closer to his dream of representing the country at an international level.

Get ready to vote Canterbury!

Say hello to the 2016 Chevron Awards finalists...

Don't get spoofed by phone scams - Immigration New Zealand advises

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has become aware of a new wave of scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be working for INZ.

Government Veto’s Paid Parental Leave Bill

Finance Minister Bill English has vetoed proposed changes to paid parental leave. Mr English has exercised his powers of Financial Veto ahead of the third reading of the Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill.

New Comers and Favourites Appear in Hawke's Bay Hospo line up

The Hawke's Bay region’s Hhospitality industry has spoken and the finalists have been announced in the Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards for 2016.

The Auckland Hospitality Industry salutes its heroes!!

The Auckland hospitality industry has acknowledged the outstanding abilities of their own with the announcement of the winners of the 14th annual Lewisham Awards.

2016 Rotorua Hospitality Awards finalists announced

The 2016 Lewisham Awards Finalists Announced

Amazing number of votes make for tough competition to find cream of Auckland hospitality.

Hospo Awards return, industry to nominate the best

The Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards return for the 9 th year to recognise the outstanding workers in all areas of hospitality. This year the awards are presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

Sri Lankan dream trip for National Salon High Tea winners

New Zealand chefs and their front of house team members are being given the opportunity to win a trip to the home of the world’s finest tea and spices – Sri Lanka.

ANZAC Day trading 2016

When can you open on ANZAC Day, and what payment will your staff receive? We provide a reminder of your obligations around this special day...

Changes put Kiwis first in line for jobs

Employers will now have to make lower-skilled employment opportunities available to New Zealanders before supporting a work visa to fill the vacancy. Changes came into force this week which mean that employers considering hiring a migrant for a lower-skilled role will now be required to engage with Work and Income at the beginning of the process to ensure there is no New Zealander available to do the job first.

Big tax change for thousands of small businesses welcomed

The government is to change provisional tax arrangements so that about 100,000 small businesses will have the option to pay as they earn income.

NZ spending on plastic cards edges up in March, led by hospitality

New Zealand retail spending on credit and debit cards rose in March, led by increased expenditure at bars and restaurants as they continue to enjoy the tourism boom.

Important Legislation Update Information!

Over the past weeks employers have had a lot to grapple with as new legislation impacts the way that you currently run your businesses. While not wanting to add to your information overload, this update seeks to direct you to the various Restaurant Association resources available and other key points of information for you regarding the legislation changes.

‘Zero-hour’ contracts / compensation for shifts - New Legislation Now In Force!

Changes to employment law are now in force. Here’s what you’ll need to know for your business...

Join our Restaurant Association team! Two positions available.

Are you looking for a hand's on role where you can maximise your training and development experience for the hospitality industry and to those entering the hospitality industry? If you are an experienced, motivated, hospitality professional with a background in training and development, then we want to hear from you!

Hospitality industry needs support rather than barriers

It hasn’t been a great week for the hospitality industry’s ethnic chefs as they have been targeted not once but twice by the ill-advised comments of Labour Party leader, Andrew Little and NZ First Leader Winston Peters.

Easter trading 101

Easter can get the better of many employers, as one of the more confusing public holiday periods. To alleviate any confusion, here’s our Easter 101 guide to your obligations over these upcoming public holidays.

Tourism and Hospitality Facing Unprecedented Opportunities (and Challenges)

Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation faces unprecedented opportunities and challenges according to Westpac who have released their Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Industry Insights Report. The mood among businesses they spoke with was overwhelmingly buoyant, but some sub-sectors are being forced to reinvent themselves.

New Food Act Now In Force!

The new food safety legislation is now fully in effect and applies now to anyone starting a new food business. Existing businesses will transition over the next three years, however licensed foodservice businesses are one of the first to transition.

Look to us first for recruitment!

As the Restaurant Association moves into our fourth ProStart programme we have a number of Auckland based candidates that are ready for full time employment. These ProStart graduates are highly motivated, keen to develop and seeking opportunities to work within our vibrant industry.

Paymark "Sunset Dates" Explained

Did you get a letter from Paymark saying you need to upgrade your terminal software before 1 May 2016 or you’ll be disconnected from the Paymark Network? Wondering why you need to get your software upgraded?

Will Trip Advisor Eat Itself?

Over the past year, one of the frequent complaints the Restaurant Association hears from members is regarding some of the reviews posted about their establishment on Trip Advisor and other similar sites...

Minimum wage set to increase to $15.25/hour

The minimum wage is to rise by 50 cents to $15.25 an hour from April 1 2016.

New Zealand's Best Red Meat Chefs

Auckland’s Botswana Butchery has taken out the title of Premier Master of Fine Cuisine at the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards, held in Auckland last night.

Summer trading looking good, but caution is on the wind

Reports from members about the summer trading so far has been positive with figures released in January confirming sales for our sector were extremely strong during the Christmas period and have indeed increased on last year.

Job vacancies continue to rise in December

The number of job vacancies rose by 1.4 per cent in December, with a 6.8 per cent rise over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Choosing the right Health & Safety Advisor

The new Health and Safety at Work Act has sparked plenty of discussion around its impacts on different industries. With this comes a growing demand for health and safety consultants. WorkSafe New Zealand Sector Engagement Manager Bryce Fleury gives some tips on how, and when, to choose an advisor.

Cafe crown heads South - again

Queenstown’s Bespoke Kitchen named country’s best cafe.

UPDATE - Hepatitis A scare linked to imported frozen berries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has made significant progress in its investigation of imported frozen berries associated with the increased risk from Hepatitis A.

Twelve of New Zealand's best chefs make the cut

Twelve chefs from Matakana to Queenstown have been recognised for their talent and creativity to make the finals in the third annual Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.

Tax on Christmas parties and presents

It’s coming up to that time of year when you might be planning a staff Christmas party. It's great for morale and a chance to mark the end of the year. But what are the tax considerations?

What's Hot in 2016? Discover new menu trends

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs to find which foods, beverages and culinary themes will be hot on restaurant menus in 2016.

One Step Closer to Finding New Zealand’s Top Café

It’s no secret that New Zealand is filled with talented and passionate café owners – across the country, everyone has a favourite spot for a faultless morning coffee or a lazy Sunday brunch.


There seems to be increasing frustration from members with regard to their landlords and the impact they can have on their business. Landlords, as with any supplier, run the gut form good to bad. Unfortunately they are not as easy to change as the vege man.

Only the best make the cut - Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards 2015

New Zealand’s top chefs from the Bay of Islands to Queenstown are sharpening their knives as they compete for the title of ‘Premier Master of Fine Cuisine’ in the third annual Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.


The finalists for the OŒra King Best Dish NZ and Best Ambassador NZ awards have been announced and two chefs have scored spots in both categories.

Hawke's Bay hospitality awards get our support

We are pleased to announce that the Hawke's Bay Hospitality Awards are living on to celebrate excellence among the region's food and beverage merchants. The Restaurant Association has agreed to take over the awards from Food Hawke'€™s Bay which is winding up its operations.

Hospitality industry salutes community leaders

Wellington Restaurateur Mike Egan, Auckland entrepreneur and restaurant owner Michael Meredith and Conscious Consumers have all been honoured for their special contributions to the hospitality industry at the Restaurant Association's Feast By Famous Chefs.

Restaurateur Meredith honoured for Eat My Lunch

Restaurateur Michael Meredith has been honoured for Eat My Lunch - which aims to give lunch to as many hungry, underprivileged, Auckland kids as it can.

Alcohol trading rules during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Parliament recently passed the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2015 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Act 2015. The Amendment Act allows eligible licensed premises with on- and club licences to open during the 2015 Rugby World Cup for the purpose of televising live games that fall outside of their usual trading hours.

Health and Safety Reform Bill passes

The Health and Safety Reform Bill has passed its third reading at parliament. The Bill creates a new Health and Safety at Work Act, which will come into force on 4 April 2016.

Voting now open for NZ Cafe of the Year Awards

Forget the flag debate; it's time to focus on another important element of our culture and determine which is New Zealand's best cafe.

Only the best make the cut!

Silver Fern Farms invites NZ's top chefs to take part in this year'™s Premier Selection Awards.

Post-quake Christchurch restaurant scene funky and forward-looking

Business is thriving for Christchurch restaurants and cafes with exciting changes over the past year encouraging customers to venture out and experience a "new" Christchurch dining culture, writes Marisa Bidois of the Restaurant Association.

Congratulations to the 2015 winners at the Christchurch Chevron Awards!

Cantabrians have made their choices for the best in the hospitality business. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on the 9th August.

NZ to take on the world in 2016 Culinary Olympics

Kiwis were given a first taste of some of our best culinary talent recently at a launch event for the NZChefs team competing in next year’s Culinary Olympics.

Hospo Forum Designed to Inspire

It’s commonly accepted that members of the hospitality industry are past masters at celebrating their profession. However, this September things become a little more studious for New Zealand food and beverage professionals. The annual Hospitality Summit & Feast by Famous Chefs is an opportunity for the Kiwi pros to put their heads together for their own benefit while also celebrating the achievements of colleagues.

Supplying food waste for pig feeding? Tips on being compliant

Completing the Food Waste Supply and Collection Undertaking is one very easy way of being compliant, advises the Ministry for Primary Industries.

How to beat burnout

On a mission to beat burnout, Auckland-based integrative medicine specialist Dr Kathleen Wills has released her new book, ‘Beat Burnout: Dr Kathleen’s Holistic Guide to Happiness’. A 2012 Statistics NZ survey showed 1 in 5 Kiwi workers struggle with work-related stress, and 1 in 10 are unhappy with their work/life balance.

New criteria and more prizes in fourth year of NZ Cafe of the Year

New Zealand’s popular Café of the Year award is sweetening up the competition with changes to the structure and prizes of the awards.

Call for chefs to claim excellence

Applications are now open for the 2016 Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards, also marking the twentieth year of the programme.

How far could you take your business?

Apply for a Westpac Business Growth Grant today and find out! How would you like to spend a week in Fiji, fine-tuning your business plan with some of New Zealand’s best business and strategic minds? Or maybe you’d find a use for a $50,000 business growth grant package.

Christchurch Hospitality Awards nominations are now open!

Canterbury industry folk, tell us your favourite places, people and suppliers online now .

Awards put Rotorua restaurant on top

Its location puts it above the rest - now Stratosfare Restaurant in Rotorua has proved its food and service is at the same high level.

Hospitality industry salutes its peers

Peer recognition is probably the most valuable accolade in any industry. But probably no more so than in hospitality. And hospitality has just (June 7) acknowledged the prowess of its sociable competitors with the announcement of the winners in the 14th annual Auckland Lewisham Awards.

Chefs Curry Flavour With Vegetables

Finalists in New Zealand’s Vegetarian Dish Challenge 2015 announced. They’ve come a long way from their boiled cousins of yesteryear. Potato fennel mousse, cumin carrot puree and root vegetable dauphinoise are just some of the tantalising tastes featuring in this year’s New Zealand Vegetarian Dish Challenge.

The E-cigarette debate

We’ve been contacted by several members recently about the surge in customers using e-cigarettes in their establishments. Uptake of the e-cigarettes, which use battery-powered cartridges to produce a nicotine-laced vapour, has rocketed in the past two years, but there is debate about their potential risks and benefits. Because they are new, there's not a lot of scientific evidence on their safety. Some experts fear they could be a gateway to tobacco smoking, while others say they have potential to help millions of smokers kick the habit.

Has your business been affected by the recent weather conditions?

It has been a wild weather week around the country and we hope that you have all come through the ordeal OK if you are in an affected region.

Record votes choose cream of Auckland hospitality crop

A record number of hospitality industry people have voted to choose the 2015 Lewisham Awards finalists announced today. With more than 10,000 votes counted, the finalists represent the leading lights of the Auckland restaurant scene as selected by their peers.

More money spent in restaurants than grocery stores in the United States

New numbers are indicating that more people are going home with doggie bags instead of grocery bags. For the first time since the U.S. Department of Commerce started keeping track of the numbers in 1992, Americans are spending more at restaurants and bars than grocery stores.

Give your food business a helping hand with the Good Food Boost programme

Calling all foodies! If you’re starting out on your journey to make a good food business, this is the chance for you to get training, guidance and ideas. The Sustainable Business Network, along with ATEED and Waterfront Auckland, have introduced the Good Food Boost mentoring programme to help you make your business a success.

Minimum wage increase from 1st April

The minimum wage increases from 1st April, 2015, with the new rates as follows...

EFTPOS New Zealand - Exclusive EFTPOS terminal solutions for members

EFTPOS New Zealand has partnered with the Restaurant Association to bring you the best range of payments solutions for your business and are proud to provide an exclusive introductory offer to Restaurant Association members.

Essential update on new Health and Safety legislation...

Our Help Line has had a number of calls from members recently concerned about the new Health and Safety reforms. In order to set your minds at ease here is a brief update to bring you up to speed on some of the key implementation dates.


Scott Corbett, Head Chef and owner at Whitianga's No8 Restaurant and Bar has been crowned "2014 Premier Master of Fine Cuisine"™ in the second annual Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards at an event held in Auckland on 3rd February.

New Strategic Direction for Restaurant Association

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the industry organisation for restaurants, cafes and other members of the hospitality sector announced that it was stepping away from running the New Zealand Culinary Fare - an event it has proudly staged for more than 20 years - to pursue a new member-focused strategy.

Dunedin Cafe Judged New Zealand's Best

For the second year in a row a South Island cafe has been judged the nation'™s best. Dunedin'™s Ironic Cafe has taken out the Cafe of the Year title for 2014 from 18 finalists throughout New Zealand.

Twelve Of The Best Announced In Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards

Twelve of the country’s top restaurants have made the final cut in the second annual Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.

Looking To Expand Your Wine Knowledge?

Escarpment Vineyard and Vintners NZ are offering the chance for one lucky hospitality professional to join their vintage team during the annual grape harvest in 2015.

Are You Having Trouble Recruiting The Skilled Workers You Need?

For the first time, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Working In are holding a series of recruitment events in Perth and Sydney this November.

2014 NZ Cafe of the Year Finalists Announced

For the next four weeks, the lucky cafe owners will be carefully studying every customer trying to spot the discreet judges who have the enviable task of sampling the fare of each of the finalists

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


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.


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.


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 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 Bidfood

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...

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...