Why Join?

The bottom line is important.
Saving you money is what we do best.

1. Exclusive discounts

As a member, you get access to exclusive discounts from our partners. These deals could save you thousands each year.

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  • American Express

    American Express is backing the industry and the Association through support of industry events and consumer research. Get complimentary accessories like bill folders, pens, reserved signs and more.

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  • EFTPOS New Zealand

    Exclusive rates on the best range of payment solutions, including 20% off your terminal rental on a 36 month contract.

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  • iMonitor

    Get one month free on the automated temperature monitoring & online food safety plan, 50% off the set-up fee (normally $200), and 5% ongoing discount per month.

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  • OfficeMax

    Get up to 50% off OfficeMax’s already low prices on stationery, technology, furniture, cleaning and hygiene products - and more.

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  • Westpac

    You’ll get access to special deals and lower credit card commission rates (from 1.8%).

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  • Crombie Lockwood

    It pays to be well insured. We’ve worked with Crombie Lockwood to create a package specific to the needs of restaurants and cafes.

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  • Helping Hands

    Work with Helping Hands and there will be no more hospo hiring dramas. Find staff instantly! Get your first month free plus 15% off, forever.

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  • Noel Leeming

    Get great deals every day at Noel Leeming stores. They stock an extensive range from the leading brands with exclusive pricing for members.

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  • Nova Energy

    Get exclusive member offers for your energy needs - electricity, natural gas, and solar.

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  • NetPay

    NetPay makes payroll easy. You simply: login, enter timesheet, confirm, print or email payslips.

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  • Harrows

    Harrows makes New Zealand made design furniture for hospitality and commercial spaces. Custom and bespoke designs at up to 30% discount.

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  • EAP Services Ltd

    To enhance the health & wellbeing of your employees, EAP Services offers a professional and confidential support service.

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+ Much, much more

There’s savings of up to 40% off bread, free Eat New Zealand restaurant supporters subscription, 10% off the monthly fee with Conscious Consumers and 10% discount with law firm Hesketh Henry,  should you need specialist legal advice. Members also receive a free subscription to industry publications Restaurant & Cafe News and Hospitality Business magazine.

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2. Support

Running a business is tricky. We’re here to help.

Mentor Me 
Our resident mentor has been there, seen that. With advice from an experienced restaurant owner, this service is like a weekly health check for your business, whatever stage you’re at. The value of this service alone will pay back your membership fee in no time.

Help is only a phone call away. Our 24/7 service is staffed by legally-trained experts who help members with everything from employment relations* to leases and liquor licensing regulations. We hope our weekly mentoring service will help you steer clear of trouble, but our always-on hotline has your back just in case.

* Services provided for any mediation or authority hearings are available for a small extra cost

Advocacy & representation 
We work hard to make sure your views and needs are at the table when important decisions are made. We work with a huge range of organisations – from government bodies to advisory groups. We build relationships, make submissions and lobby for change to make sure the industry’s voice is loud and clear.

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3. Information

Navigating regulation and legislation for the hospitality industry is a minefield. We track the latest news and developments and feed them out to you in digestible chunks via regular newsletters and our industry publication, Savour and our ezine.

Industry research and the Hospitality Report
Our Hospitality Industry Report brings together all the research, commentary and statistics you need to track the industry and spot trends. Free to members, our report provides information that isn’t available anywhere else. It’s particularly useful if you’re just starting out and building a business plan. Our Snapshot Surveys offer insights into a huge range of issues while our annual Foodservice Facts give you sales statistics and analysis. Our Survey of Remuneration will guide you on the latest industry rates of pay.

Business Resources
We’ve built a huge library of handbooks, guidelines and business templates to help you navigate the hospitality industry. You’ll find everything from sample leases to immigration guides – all designed to save you time when dealing with the day to challenges of running a business.

Join now to stay in the know

4. Network

Our 12 regional branches host MeetMe informal meetups twice a year.

You’ll hear from relevant speakers and have a chance to network and chat with other cafe and restaurant owners in your area. We think access to this community of business owners is one of our most underrated benefits.

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5. Education and Training

Our industry is facing a huge skill shortage.

That’s why education and training are one of our biggest priorities. We’ve designed professional development short courses to help you upskill and to help you do better staff training.

Our programmes pack a lot in so you don’t waste time offsite. Sessions and workshops are livestreamed and recorded from our Auckland training facility, taste., which is also available for hire for the industry. We take our most popular courses across the country with our Professional Development Road Show and there are a series of Webinars available on our website.

Our ProStart programme addresses the industry’s recruitment needs for entry level staff and as a member, you can also access the New Zealand Apprenticeship programme, run by ServiceIQ.

Join now to access training and upskilling

6. Exposure

Getting yourself out there can be hard work. Let us give you a boost.

The public face of the Restaurant Association, Dinefind.co.nz helps diners find restaurants and cafe’s near them. It also hosts our Gift Voucher and Restaurant Gift Card programmes and provides other relevant content like recipes and news.

7. Events

Celebrating, connecting and learning. Our events keep your business moving.

Hui / Hospitality Summit 
Two days packed full of inspiration and advice from some of our finest hospitality leaders. Here you’ll get the latest industry insights, packaged in quick-fire sessions designed to give you practical tools to take away and put to work in your own business.

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8. Celebrate

Regional Hospitality Awards 
Held in 9 regions around the country, our hospitality awards celebrate our decorated industry while giving recognition to excellence in each region for their distinctive differences.

Join us to celebrate your success

9. More deals!

Associate members benefit too!

Industry suppliers get discounted advertising in Savour newsletter (click on the Savour image below for more information) and access to our community of members to showcase your products, plus opportunities to sponsor and attend all our key events. Find out more about Associate membership here.

Become an associate member

Peter Webster

Peter Webster

General Manager

Columbus Coffee & Columbus Coffee Mitre 10 Mega

National Franchise Head Office

The cost of the membership is less than one lawyer's letter if you were to get a personal grievance claim.

We find our relationship with the Restaurant Association to be invaluable and have been members for several years. All of our franchisees are encouraged to become members and that is now part of the setup procedure we follow with all new franchisees.

The benefits are huge with franchisees able to get great rates on banking and insurance, but of most use is the amazing support the association gives to our franchisees for HR advice. We sell the cost of the membership as less than one lawyer's letter if ever they were to get a personal grievance claim against them.

The recent Kaikoura Earthquakes showed the true value of the association as they motored into gear offering all members assistance and reaching out to non members to offer help too.”