Future Leaders Scholarship Recipients

Hospitality NZ's Future Leaders Scholarship Recipients

In 2013 Hospitality NZ and SKY TV launched the Future Leaders Scholarship programme to directly invest and nurture hospitality talent who want to make a difference.

Hospitality NZ is proud to introduce these deserving scholarship recipients and to be apart of their journey as one of our industry's future leaders.
Click here for more information about the Future Leaders Scholarship programme and when the next intake of applications are open.

Hospitality NZ/SKY Scholarship Recipients for 2016

Leon Hudson - 2016 scholarship recipient

I began my hospitality career as a bar back, during Rugby World Cup 2011 and have since worked my way up through the Barworks Hospitality Group in Auckland, achieving the position of Food and Beverage Manager at The Flying Moa in 2016.

I look forward to using this opportunity to up-skill both myself and my team around me, and using the knowledge gained to become more of a driving force in the industry.

Marama Mapu - 2016 scholarship recipient

Hi, I’m Marama I am married and have a 7 year old son. I currently work in Nelson at Hardy’s Bar and TAB. I have worked in the hospitality industry for over 10 years between Wellington and Nelson.

. I have had various roles from being a Bar Person, to Duty Manager and am now the Manager at Hardy’s Bar which I thoroughly enjoy and have a great team of 5 staff. I look forward to taking this opportunity to further progress my skills and knowledge. My career aspiration is to own and manage my own restaurant and bar with my family.

Amber Hamilton-Vittle

I've been working in the hospitality industry for 4 years, I came into it as job but I have worked hard to turn it into a successful career. For the past 18 months I have been the Bar Manager of Five Stags Leamington. I have grasped every opportunity that has come my way to help continue my self-development which overall will help me reach all my goals and aspirations.

I have my sights set high and I will one day be the owner of my own establishment aspiring to be a mentor to a future leader upon my own journey.

Cameron Priddle - 2016 scholarship recipient

My name is Cameron Priddle. I'm a Chef de Partie at the Brentwood Hotel in Wellington. I began my career in hospitality in early 2011 as a kitchen hand at the Brentwood, where my passion for cooking grew. I began a modern apprenticeship course in late 2012.

Throughout my apprenticeship I competed in culinary competitions both locally and nationally, medalling in all events I participated in. I completed my apprenticeship in late 2015, and have since become a senior member of the kitchen team, as well as mentoring the hotels next apprentice.

My goal for the future is to use this scholarship to learn the skills necessary to run a big hotel kitchen in the future.

Emma Pore - 2016 scholarship recipient

With no previous Hotel experience, I was so grateful to have the opportunity work my way up from a Housekeeper to my current position as Operations Manager.

As part of the team in a boutique, family run Hotel we have the freedom to go that extra mile for our guests and staff alike. My leadership style is more feet on the ground, hands on the pulse. I love making people smile and helping them create memorable experiences with us, which is the reason why I choose to be in this industry. It has been a team effort to get this far and I’m going keep working harder to inspire others to do the same.

I am so appreciative of the opportunity and really looking forward to embracing the possibilities this scholarship will create for my future.

Lisa Witehira - 2016 scholarship recipient

My name is Lisa Witehira. I am a 32 year old mother of 3 wonderful children. I have worked for Village Accommodation Group for 18 months with the last year in the Reservations Department. As a grateful recipient of this scholarship, I look forward to expanding my career in the Industry.

Shelby Finnigan - 2016 scholarship recipient

Shelby Finnigan is a manager in training at one of Auckland's most iconic restaurants: Soul Bar and Bistro.

She first began working at Soul back in 2011 having never carried three plates or a tray. She quickly developed a passion for hospitality and loves how the industry exposes you to so many different types of people.

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