Hospitality New Zealand

2019 Awards for Excellence and Rising Stars Awards

Hospitality New Zealand Awards

Celebrate the best of New Zealand's Hospitality Industry
at the Awards for Excellence.

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Each year, Hospitality New Zealand holds the Awards for Excellence and the Rising Stars Awards to celebrate success within our industry. We aim to foster a culture of striving for and rewarding excellence within New Zealand's hospitality industry, and to support our members in rewarding excellence and hard work within their team.

Hospitality New Zealand Lion Awards for Excellence 2019

Finalists have been announced for this year's Lion Awards for Excellence.  Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Hawke's Bay on Thursday, 17 October 2019.  Book your tickets to celebrate the best of New Zealand's Hospitality Industry at the prestigious Hospitality New Zealand Lion Awards for Excellence 2019.

Rising Stars Awards 2019

The Rising Stars Awards are open to employees of Hospitality New Zealand members. Rising Stars Awards nominees must be under 35 years of age at the time of entry.

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2018 Awards for Excellence winners
2018 Awards for Excellence gala dinner

Lion Awards for Excellence 2019

The Awards for Excellence celebrate exceptional hospitality businesses. Winning an Award for Excellence gives you the chance to boost your brand's profile, gain recognition and respect within the industry, as well as rewarding your team for their hard work and dedication.

Entry to the Awards for Excellence is open to all Hospitality New Zealand members. Entry has now closed for the Awards for Excellence 2019.

If you are not currently a member of Hospitality New Zealand, but would like to join us at the Awards for Excellence 2020, don't forget to sign up to Hospitality New Zealand so that you can enter the Awards next year.

Hospitality New Zealand is Aotearoa's leading industry association covering both food and beverage and accommodation businesses nationwide.

We offer our members unrivaled access to support and guidance, including a 24/7 advisory service, a comprehensive library of industry resources, an in-house legal team and huge member savings.

We have over 3,000 members, located across 20 Branches nationwide. Come and join the Hospitality New Zealand family - we look forward to helping you grow your business and develop your team.

Rising Stars Awards 2019

Now in its third year, Hospitality New Zealand’s Rising Stars Awards celebrate the next generation of hospitality leaders.

If you have a star employee on your team, make sure you nominate them. Don’t miss this chance to recognise the rising star on your team and celebrate their talent!

If you are an ambitious young hospitality industry professional and you think you have got what it takes to be crowned as one of Hospitality New Zealand's Rising Stars this year, make sure you talk to your manager about nominating you for the Awards this year.

The Awards are open to employees of Hospitality New Zealand members. The employee must be under 35 years of age at the time of entry. Entry is by nomination only (there is no self-nomination for the Rising Stars Awards). The finalists in each of the Awards categories will be asked to attend the Rising Stars Awards event, which takes place in Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Entries for the 2019 Rising Stars Awards are now closed