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Wine industry opens doors to 24 percent of New Zealand’s international tourists

Touring New Zealand’s stunning wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors - with 24% of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary. Now New Zealand Winegrowers has made it even easier for tourists to explore wineries by adding a wine tourism section to their website: nzwine.com/visit, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. The new ‘Visit’ section of nzwine.com allows tourists to search wine regions using a google map ... more

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Jamaica Blue lands on Auckland’s North Shore

Jamaica Blue’s signature brand of superior coffee and fresh, seasonal fare is about to find another home in Auckland, with the opening of the franchise’s newest café in Browns Bay. The North Shore site is the eighth Jamaica Blue café to open in New Zealand and is paving the way for further expansion of the franchise. New Zealand General Manager Jon Hassall says the Jamaica Blue café experience is like no other in the country and he’s ... more

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Minister launches “stunning” Service Sector Regional Plans

Ten regions around the country now have Roadmaps and Plans for their service sectors, with four more on the way, thanks to industry training organisation ServiceIQ. Launched at Parliament, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Hon Louise Upston said that the Roadmaps deserved to be launched at the nation’s seat of government. “This work is absolutely stunning. These are really substantial documents that are filled with data, information ... more

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EMBER Restaurant and Bar: new beginnings

The Ember team from left: Executive chef Niels Naumann, assistant manager Hansa Malhotra, owner Mark Davis, restaurant/general manager Mark Smithells. New owner, new chef — Ember Restaurant and Bar has a new life. New owner, Mark Davis, has a background in business management and had been looking long and hard for a new challenge. The previous owners David Kerr and Ryan Ladbrook were keen to focus on their burgeoning catering business and are happy to have passed their beloved ... more

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Concours National des Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs de la Nouvelle-Zélande

Sunday, August 6, 2017 Le Cordon Bleu, Wellington, New Zealand Every other year New Zealand hosts a competition within the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs members to select a national representative to compete at the International Jeunes Chefs Competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and promote the culinary expertise of young Chefs Rôtisseurs in the tradition of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs by exposing them to a competitive environment with their ... more

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Emirates celebrates nine years of the A380 service as newly revamped Onboard Lounge takes to the skies

Emirates’ newly revamped A380 Onboard Lounge has made its operational debut on a flight from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, marking the 9th anniversary of the airline’s award-winning A380 service. Emirates has been operating A380 aircraft to New Zealand since 2009 and all four daily New Zealand flights are now served by A380s. The Onboard Lounge was first introduced on 1 August, 2008 and has since become a mainstay of Emirates’ double decker aircraft. Now in its 9th year, ... more

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Alexandra Park attracts more multi-day conferences

With its meetings and daily functions business well established, Alexandra Park is increasingly attracting large multi-day conferences and conventions, says Alexandra Park Sales & Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt. “We may not have a hotel on-site but we offer great proximity to the central city and airport. That’s a big plus for many attendees who are quite happy to organise their own accommodation and make the most of our central location and free carparking,” he ... more

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Setting new standards in Senior Lifestyle Cuisine

Marc Soper is used to creating sensational dishes for high-paying guests at the luxury Wharekauhau Country Estate in Wairarapa. Now, the multi-award winning executive chef, who was also crowned Chef of the Capital in both 2015 and 2016, is going to bring his exacting standards to bear as a judge of the 2017 New Zealand Senior Lifestyle Cuisine cooking competition at the NZ Hospitality Championships in Auckland on Sunday 30 July. For Marc, it’s a great opportunity to find out how ... more

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North to South at Sidart

In celebration of fine-dining restaurant Sidart’s eighth birthday, two of New Zealand’s top chefs have joined forces for a one-night only dining event in Auckland. On September 14, multi-award winning chefs Sid Sahrawat and Giulio Sturla, the chef-owner of the famed Roots Restaurant in Lyttleton, Christchurch will delight diners with an innovative six-course menu. The high-profile collaboration, North to South at Sidart, will showcase the best of local and ... more

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Skills shortage reaching crisis levels in the service industry

There’s a skill shortage looming in the service industry that’s going to affect all New Zealanders, across all regions, and visitors to our country. “Without scaremongering, there’s a very real crisis around the corner. It puts our successful service sectors at risk, and unless things change soon, New Zealand will be worse for it,” says Dean Minchington, Chief Executive Officer for ServiceIQ, Industry Training Organisation for the tourism, hospitality, ... more

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