Lion NZ’s External Relations Director, Sara Tucker, has been named as this year’s Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame recipient.

The title was awarded during the Association’s Annual General Meeting last week, in place of the annual conference and awards ceremony which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the hospitality industry, are admired and respected by their peers and have demonstrated passion and dedication to the sector.   

Sara Tucker has provided ongoing support to the industry in her many roles within the sector – including her more than 13-year tenure at Hospitality New Zealand, which saw her move up the ranks from Regional Manager in Auckland and Wellington, to Operations Manager and onto Deputy Chief Executive. 

“The hospitality industry has been a significant and important part of my life,” says Tucker. “It’s an industry that I love and which has given me many opportunities, great memories and lifelong friendships. I am lucky to have worked with such fantastic people over the years and I’m extremely humbled by this announcement from HNZ.”

Hospitality New Zealand President, Jeremy Smith, says Tucker is a stalwart of the industry.

“I had the opportunity to work closely with Sara while she was at Hospitality New Zealand where she played an integral part in lobbying on the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act,” he says.

“I was nothing but impressed with her work ethic and dedication to the industry. She has continued to exemplify this throughout her career and is very deserving of this award.” 

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