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Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence finalists

Finalist Kaiser Brew Garden

Finalists for the 25th year Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence 2023 have been announced.

They awards recognise and celebrate the success, achievements and the resilience of people across the hospitality and accommodation sector in New Zealand and are the country’s the longest running national hospitality awards.

Winners of the Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2023 will be announced at a gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland, on 28 June – which is also the final night of the Hospitality New Zealand Conference.

There are 20 categories from which the overall Supreme winner will be chosen, plus a People’s Choice Award, which is open to finalists across every category and voted on by the public.

Hospitality NZ Chief Executive Julie White says the awards are the pinnacle of the hospitality industry.

“We want to recognise and reward members who create the highest possible standards and experiences for both their guests and their team,” she says.

“Every year it’s a shame we have to single out anyone because operator and worker across the hospitality and accommodation sectors deserves an award for the perseverance they’ve shown.

“It’s inspiring to see hospitality businesses still striving to be the best and to meet customers’ needs after what they’ve been through.”

The Industry’s Leader of the Year People’s Award categories, will be announced at the Hospitality Social Event on the evening of June 27.

These People Awards are about the people in the hospitality and accommodation industry doing great things.

They acknowledge and celebrate the people behind our country’s most successful hospitality and accommodation venues.

Voting is now open for the following bar, pub and other liquor-based venue finalists…

Future Leader of the Year:
Ana-Maria Didenco, Miro
James Wakefield, Fantail and Turtle
Liam Cabourn, Future Hospitality Group
Mason Lattimore, Kaiser Brew Garden
Sam Stapley, The Mayfair

Best Bar:
Kaiser Brew Garden, Christchurch
Little Blackwood, Queenstown
Market ST, Napier
Rooftop at QT Auckland, Auckland
Thistle Inn, Wellington

Best Sports Bar:
D4 on Featherston, Wellington
Richmond Club, Christchurch
Schapiro’s Sports Bar, Auckland
The Fox, Auckland
The Locker Room Sports Bar, Queenstown

Best Late Night Venue/Live Entertainment Venue:
Danny Doolans, Auckland
Miss Gee’s Bar and Eatery, Tauranga
The Tahi Bar, Warkworth
Wynyard Pavilion, Auckland
Yonder, Queenstown

Best Local Venue:
Smith and McKenzie Steak House, Hamilton
Sprig + Fern Berhampore, Wellington
The Elmwood Trading Company, Christchurch
The Keg Room, Hamilton
Thistle Inn, Wellington

For more information, click here. To vote for the People’s Choice Award, click here.

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