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Friday 20 May 2022

Hospitality

May means Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022. 19th May 2022 /

May means Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.

For the month of May, participating Auckland restaurants and bars will be celebrating the Eat, Drink, Love Ponsonby 2022.


How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted? 12th May 2022 /

How has on-premise performed since Covid restrictions were lifted?

Covid-19 concerns continue to dissipate, but venues and suppliers must now reckon with a reduction in disposable income.


Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes 12th May 2022 /

Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes

The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.


Card spending up in April, but down for hospo 11th May 2022 /

Card spending up in April, but down for hospo

Stats NZ said that in actual terms, monthly card spending on hospitality continued to decrease, down $56m or 4.9% compared with April 2021.


NZ Hospitality Conference is back 9th May 2022 /

NZ Hospitality Conference is back

The New Zealand Hospitality Conference is back in-person in July after a two-year hiatus and with a theme of “The Future of Hospitality”.


Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme 29th April 2022 /

Lion NZ expands hospo wellbeing programme

Lion New Zealand is expanding its Healthy Hospo health and wellbeing program to offer in-person events around New Zealand in 2022.


Entries open for 2022 Hospitality Awards for Excellence 26th April 2022 /

Entries open for 2022 Hospitality Awards for Excellence

Entries are now open for Hospitality New Zealand’s 24th annual Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which will be held in person at a gala dinner on 27 July at the Grand Millennium Auckland.


Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter 21st April 2022 /

Hospo spend tops $202m over Easter

Consumer spending in hospitality over the week leading up to Easter Monday reached $202.8m, bucking a 23% downward trend over the last eight months following the Covid Delta outbreak, according to payment data from Worldline.


“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange 14th April 2022 /

“Huge relief” for hospo with move to orange

The hospitality industry has welcomed the ditching of capacity limits in time for the important Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays.


Toastie Takeover judging under way 14th April 2022 /

Toastie Takeover judging under way

The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover is back for a fifth year.


Lone Star launches first hotel restaurant 12th April 2022 /

Lone Star launches first hotel restaurant

Lone Star has opened its first hotel restaurant within the Mercure Auckland Queen Street.


Hospo spending ‘takes gradual steps up’ in March 6th April 2022 /

Hospo spending ‘takes gradual steps up’ in March

As several changes to New Zealand’s border rules came into effect in March, spending in the hospitality sector rose gradually but steadily across the nation to reach $700m, according to Worldline.


Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions 5th April 2022 /

Hospo sees red over continued Covid restrictions

Hospitality businesses will continue to struggle following the government’s decision to keep the country in the red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, say industry groups.


Good Spirits Hospitality gets another interest waiver 28th March 2022 /

Good Spirits Hospitality gets another interest waiver

Good Spirits Hospitality has agreed a waiver with its lender Pacific Dawn in respect of the interest due and payable for the quarter ended 31 March 2022.


Council gives discount to hospitality businesses 25th March 2022 /

Council gives discount to hospitality businesses

Hamilton council has approved a 50% reduction in fees for food safety verifications that take place before the end of June this year.


Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ 24th March 2022 /

Covid settings changes ‘waste of time, nonsensical’ – Hospitality NZ

The changes do not go far enough to help struggling businesses, says industry groups.


Border reopening will save businesses – Hospitality NZ 17th March 2022

Border reopening will save businesses – Hospitality NZ

The earlier border opening will save many businesses from collapse, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Dunedin cafe wins $10k in hospitality relief campaign 16th March 2022 /

Dunedin cafe wins $10k in hospitality relief campaign

Dunedin’s Alto Cafe has won $10,000 cash, as well as $5000 towards a new website, as part of a hospitality relief campaign.


Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts 15th March 2022 /

Hospo, accom prices on the rise despite fuel, transport cuts

Hospitality and accommodation operators may still have to put up prices despite the fuel and transport cost cuts announced by the government, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines 8th March 2022 /

Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.


Feb hospo spend in the doldrums 4th March 2022 /

Feb hospo spend in the doldrums

Consumer spending at hospitality businesses remains down nearly a quarter on pre-Covid levels, according to data from payment services provider Worldline.


Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made 4th March 2022 /

Small businesses suffering under phase 3 – Buy NZ Made

Small businesses are continuing to suffer under the pressure of Omicron and phase three restrictions.


Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso 1st March 2022 /

Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso

Business and hospitality groups are pleased the government is ditching self-isolation requirements for returning New Zealanders.


Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes 25th February 2022 /

Hospo welcomes phase 3, support package changes

t to phase 3 of the Omicron response and an adjustment to conditions in the government’s financial support package announced on Monday.


“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ 23rd February 2022 /

“Major problem” with new govt support – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand is warning many of the hardest-hit businesses in the sector may be ineligible for the government’s new support package.


Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures 22nd February 2022 /

Relief at new Covid support, but fears not enough to prevent closures

It will help but many in hospitality may still have to shut, say industry groups.


Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses 22nd February 2022 /

Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses

Three payments capped at $24k each will be available for hard-hit businesses.


Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ 21st February 2022 /

Hospo jobs dip in record January – SEEK NZ

Job ads posted on website Seek reached a record in January, however hospitality and tourism ads were down 4% from December.


Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe” 18th February 2022 /

Lion’s message to govt: Act now to avert “major catastrophe”

The beverage giant urges Finance Minister Grant Robertson to “act swiftly, decisively and meaningfully”.


Lone Star calls for govt lifeline 18th February 2022 /

Lone Star calls for govt lifeline

The prominent hospitality brand has called on the government to throw a lifeline to the sector.


Watch: Hospitality under Omicron 17th February 2022

Watch: Hospitality under Omicron

A sobering film showing the impact the red traffic light setting is having on hospitality operators across the country, courtesy of Hospitality New Zealand.


58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey 15th February 2022 /

58% of hospo owners preparing for insolvency – survey

Half the industry has seen revenue plummet by more than 40% since NZ shifted to red, says Hospitality NZ.


Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno” 14th February 2022 /

Queenstown hospo shutdown heralds Omicron “inferno”

Hospitality operators are battling to stay open – and afloat – after Covid cases force widespread closures at the resort.


Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA 11th February 2022 /

Hospo revenues plummet 60% on pre-Covid levels – RA

Restaurants are reporting a near 60% overall decline in revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic began.


Amisfield shines in national food awards 9th February 2022 /

Amisfield shines in national food awards

Central Otago’s Amisfield has scooped a couple of key prizes at the prestigious Cuisine Good Food Awards.


$70m arts, culture package should be extended –  Hospitality NZ 3rd February 2022

$70m arts, culture package should be extended – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says the sector also deserves financial assistance to cushion the blow from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ 2nd February 2022

Red setting drives hopso down 25% – Hospitality NZ

Hospitality New Zealand says New Zealand’s move into the red traffic light setting has scared people into a “voluntary lockdown”.


40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA 6th December 2021 /

40% of members faced “rude, aggressive” customers – RA

The Restaurant Association says 40% of its members reported having to deal with rude or aggressive customers due to the transition on Friday to the traffic light Covid-19 Protection Framework.


Hospitality contributes 137k direct jobs, $6.8b in GDP – report 2nd December 2021

Hospitality contributes 137k direct jobs, $6.8b in GDP – report

More than 232,000 jobs are dependent on New Zealand’s hospitality sector, 137,000 of them directly, according to a new report.


Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative 2nd December 2021 /

Karma Drinks donates $12k to hospo after Black Friday initiative

Karma Drinks will donate $12,070 to the #HandsUp4Hospo initiative after its recent ‘Hospo Friday’ initiative – a take on the popular Black Friday.


Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus 1st December 2021

Hospo “crushed” after being left off govt’s $38m Auckland stimulus

Exclusion from the government’s $37.5m summer reactivation scheme fro Auckland “another kick in the guts” for struggling hospo morale.


Auckland Unlimited unveils 2021 iconic eats list 30th November 2021

Auckland Unlimited unveils 2021 iconic eats list

Auckland Unlimited has released its second annual Iconic Auckland Eats list, described as the ultimate dining guide with 100 dishes from all corners of the region.


Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge 26th November 2021 /

Karma Drinks backs hospo with Black Friday pledge

Karma Drinks has pledged 100% of revenue from today’s Black Friday sales on its Shop.KarmaDrinks.co.nz website will go towards supporting the hospitality industry.


Needless casualties from continuing locked border – Hospitality NZ 25th November 2021

Needless casualties from continuing locked border – Hospitality NZ

Delaying the opening of New Zealand’s border to foreign nationals until 30 April 2022 will see more hospitality businesses going to the wall, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence: QT Auckland reigns supreme 24th November 2021 /

Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence: QT Auckland reigns supreme

White + Wong’s, The Riverhead, Karaka Café, Good George Dining Hall and Emerson’s Brewery and Taproom also won awards.


Delta sees Savor forgo $4m, but drives tasty online sales 19th November 2021 /

Delta sees Savor forgo $4m, but drives tasty online sales

Hospitality group Savor says it has missed out on around $4m from the Delta outbreak.


Covid slows H1 trading at Savor 18th November 2021 /

Covid slows H1 trading at Savor

The hospitality group was hit by Delta blues in first half, but a period of consolidation and cost-cutting puts in better shape for recovery.


Hospitality “frustrated” at lack of vaccine passport info 18th November 2021 /

Hospitality “frustrated” at lack of vaccine passport info

The Restaurant Association said it is “frustrated” at the lack of clarity and information being provided to the hospitality around the roll out of Covid-19 vaccine passports.


Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too 16th November 2021 /

Hospo welcomes Waikato level 2, pleads for Auckland too

The government must set a date for when Auckland’s borders will be lifted and hospitality venues can re-open, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Good Spirits toasts $27m Nourish Group acquisition 15th November 2021 /

Good Spirits toasts $27m Nourish Group acquisition

The Auckland pub group gobbles up Nourish in a “transformational growth opportunity” creating one of New Zealand’s largest hospitality operators.


Hospitality NZ launches ‘We’re Ready’ campaign 12th November 2021

Hospitality NZ launches ‘We’re Ready’ campaign

Hospitality venues and accommodation operators will next week start a campaign to re-open their doors.


Hospitality awards go virtual 10th November 2021 /

Hospitality awards go virtual

Hospitality New Zealand will hold its 2021 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence event online this year on 23 November due to Covid restrictions.


Business groups, hospo “see red” in inconsistent lockdown easing 9th November 2021 /

Business groups, hospo “see red” in inconsistent lockdown easing

While retail and tourist attractions will be able to open, hospitality still suffers in Covid-19 alert level 3.2.


Hospitality NZ launches Koha gift card 29th October 2021

Hospitality NZ launches Koha gift card

A digital gift card for use in hospitality venues across the country is being launched today by Hospitality New Zealand.


Coca-Cola’s designated driver is back 29th October 2021

Coca-Cola’s designated driver is back

Coca-Cola’s Designated Driver programme returns this summer with licensed bars and restaurants across the country invited to sign up for the scheme.


Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo 27th October 2021 /

Mandatory staff vaccination – a wary welcome from hospo

Mandating vaccination for hospitality staff is welcome but it could present challenges and extra costs, say industry groups.


$100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers in Nats new recovery plan 20th October 2021 /

$100 ‘dine & discover’ vouchers in Nats new recovery plan

The National Party has launched its Back in Business recovery plan it says will “save livelihoods and unleash our economy”.


Business support package welcome – RA 19th October 2021 /

Business support package welcome – RA

The Restaurant Association has welcomed a move by the government to introduce an enhanced business support package.


Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey 18th October 2021 /

Hospitality vital to social mental health and wellbeing – survey

A new international survey from global public opinion and data company YouGov has underlined the contribution hospitality venues make to social and mental wellbeing.


Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions 13th October 2021 /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.


Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates 8th October 2021 /

Hospo “furious” at legal risk over vaccine certificates

Hospitality New Zealand says the “industry’s fury is growing” with the government for not providing legal cover over vaccine certificates.


Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision 5th October 2021 /

Hospo pleads for targetted help after “devastating” Auckland decision

Targetted support for the hospitality sector is desperately needed if businesses in Auckland are to survive, say industry groups.


Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo 30th September 2021 /

Brewers urge govt, consumers to support hospo

The Brewers Association of New Zealand is calling on the government to provide targeted support for hospitality.


Hospitality Awards sets new date, venue for postponed event 30th September 2021 /

Hospitality Awards sets new date, venue for postponed event

The 2021 Hospitality Awards for Excellence will be held on 23 November at Auckland Museum, as long as the city is at Covid-19 alert level 1.


Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion 29th September 2021 /

Hospo, retail groups reject “ludicrous” Covid testing suggestion

Hospitality New Zealand and Retail New Zealand say they have concerns about the government’s request for retail workers to get Covid-19 tests.


Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport 28th September 2021 /

Fewer than a quarter of RA members support vaccine passport

Just under a quarter of Restaurant Association members support a vaccine passport to enter hospitality venues and events.


Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of  recovery roadmap 23rd September 2021

Restaurant Association releases phase 1 of recovery roadmap

The Restaurant Association has unveiled stage one of its Future of Hospitality Roadmap to help industry recover from the Covid-19 crisis.


Auckland hospo level 3 restart for some, most face 48 days without business 21st September 2021 /

Auckland hospo level 3 restart for some, most face 48 days without business

Level 3 allows some doors to creak open and the increase in indoor numbers to 100 for level 2 areas is welcomed.


Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility 16th September 2021

Clarity urged on wage subsidy eligibility

Hospitality New Zealand has called on the government to provide clarity over eligibility for the wage subsidy.


More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension 14th September 2021 /

More pain for hospo with Auckland level 4 extension

The extension of Auckland’s level 4 lockdown for at least a week increases the likelihood of more hospitality operators going out of business, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions… 13th September 2021

Restaurant Association welcomes Delta decisions…

The Restaurant Association has welcomed two Delta-era government decisions, namely to extend the resurgence support payment scheme and to confirm customer-facing hospitality staff can receive priority vaccinations.


…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo 13th September 2021

…but targeted support needed for struggling hospo

The Restaurant Association and Hospitality New Zealand are calling on the government to provide targeted support for struggling hospitality businesses.


Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy 8th September 2021 /

Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

The Restaurant Association is urging the government to come up with targeted support that reflects the dire situation of its members. 


Hospitality, events still suffer at ‘level 2.5’ – industry 7th September 2021 /

Hospitality, events still suffer at ‘level 2.5’ – industry

The 50-person limit on indoor venues will hurt already struggling operators, say industry groups.


Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point” 2nd September 2021 /

Hospitality NZ pleads for help as operators reach “breaking point”

Many hospitality businesses will fail due to the lockdown unless the government provides targeted support, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year 31st August 2021 /

Good Spirits narrows loss in another challenging year

Good Spirits Hospitality has reported a provisional net loss after tax of $670,000 for the year to June 2021, better than the $5.8m loss it made in FY20. Total revenue was down MORE »


Delta deals “devastating” blow to hospitality 18th August 2021 /

Delta deals “devastating” blow to hospitality

The hospitality sector acknowledges the necessity of the snap lockdown, which deals another blow to struggling businesses and scuppers events.


Speakers named for inaugural Hospitality Summit 5th August 2021 /

Speakers named for inaugural Hospitality Summit

Danny Meyer will be one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural New Zealand Hospitality Summit at the Trusts Arena in Auckland on 8-9 September.


Auckland’s Depot celebrates decade 4th August 2021

Auckland’s Depot celebrates decade

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar in Auckland will mark its 10th birthday this month with a new mural by graffiti artist Haser.


Bubble trouble weighs on hospitality 26th July 2021

Bubble trouble weighs on hospitality

The eight-week pause in the travel bubble with Australia is having an immediate impact on hospitality and accommodation bookings, according to Hospitality New Zealand.


Who is in the running for the Hospitality NZ Excellence Awards? 15th July 2021 /

Who is in the running for the Hospitality NZ Excellence Awards?

Bar, restaurant and accommodation operators from around the country are competing to take home to top gongs from this year’s Hospitality Awards for Excellence.


RA plans ‘lights out’ to highlight hospo labour shortage 1st July 2021 /

RA plans ‘lights out’ to highlight hospo labour shortage

The Restaurant Association is planning a two minute “lights out” event on 6 July to highlight the labour shortage in the hospitality industry. The association said the event would be part MORE »


Wellington hospo swings into action after Covid case visit 24th June 2021 /

Wellington hospo swings into action after Covid case visit

Floriditas, Lido Cafe, Highwater Eatery and One Red Dog restaurants are among the venues implementing cleaning protocols.


Hospitality outlets, hotel, Te Papa locations of interest in Aus Covid case 23rd June 2021 /

Hospitality outlets, hotel, Te Papa locations of interest in Aus Covid case

Wellington’s Jack Hackett’s bar, Te Papa and a Rydges hotel are among the initial locations of interest connected to an Australian visitor who tested positive for Covid-19 upon return to Sydney.


Hospitality NZ flags gas ban concerns 23rd June 2021

Hospitality NZ flags gas ban concerns

Hospitality New Zealand has warned of the financial and practical implications for restaurants, cafes and bars if they were to be forced to stop using gas for cooking, as advised by the Climate Change Commission.


Eating out helps out – GDP up 1.6% in Q1 18th June 2021 /

Eating out helps out – GDP up 1.6% in Q1

Gross domestic product rose by 1.6% in the March 2021 quarter, with increased spending on eating out, accommodation and big ticket items.


Inaugural NZ Hospitality Summit set for September 8th June 2021

Inaugural NZ Hospitality Summit set for September

The inaugural New Zealand Hospitality Summit and trade show is to be held in Auckland on 7-9 September 2021, with the theme of ‘The Future of Hospitality – Building Forward’.


Finalists for Queenstown hospo awards revealed 12th April 2021 /

Finalists for Queenstown hospo awards revealed

The winners will be announced on 3 May at Skyline Queenstown.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill 9th April 2021 /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


300+ sit down for first Queenstown Long Lunch 26th March 2021

300+ sit down for first Queenstown Long Lunch

More than 300 people attended the very first Queenstown Long Lunch, providing some much welcomed business for Queenstown Mall venues.


Nominations open for Queenstown hospo awards 17th March 2021 /

Nominations open for Queenstown hospo awards

The awards celebrate and promote the region’s food and beverage offerings.


Long lunch comes to Queenstown 24th February 2021

Long lunch comes to Queenstown

Ten Queenstown Mall eateries have come together to launch the Queenstown Long Lunch.


Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m 1st December 2020 /

Moa reports interim loss, suffers 45% revenue fall to $10m

Moa Group Limited has reported an after tax loss of $415,000 for the six months to 30 September 2020.


Students to promo food producers, outlets in new event 3rd November 2020

Students to promo food producers, outlets in new event

The Walking Supper is being held next Monday.