Rising Stars Awards

Seven of New Zealand’s best and brightest individuals working in the hospitality and accommodation sectors were recognised for their hard work at the inaugural Hospitality New Zealand Rising Stars Awards 2017. 

Over 300 people from the hospitality community from all corners of the country gathered at Te Papa museum on Tuesday night to celebrate New Zealand’s hospitality sector.

Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive Vicki Lee, said “These brand-new awards are a way of giving our up and coming industry leaders some well-deserved national recognition.” 

The Rising Stars Awards cover every aspect of the sector and are a chance for managers and mentors to personally nominate their most valuable staff.

2017 Rising Star Award Winners

Unsung Hero
Jennifer Mulliss, Park Kitchen, Wellington
(Accepted on her behalf by Manager of Park Kitchen)

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Emerging Accommodation Professional
Tayzha Tasman, Trek Global Backpackers, Wellington

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Up & Coming Barista
Ricky Nguyen, Onehunga Cafe, Auckland

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Up & Coming Duty Manager
Josh Piper, D4 on Allen, Wellington

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Up & Coming Front of House
Nicole KayEmberz at Ascot, Invercargill

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Up & Coming Chef
Sara McFelinZest Restaurant, Timaru

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Up & Coming Entrpreneur
Mat LearEl Horno and Arborist Restaurant & Roof Top Bar, Wellington

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View the 2017 Photo Gallery

The Photo Galleries from the 2017 Future Leaders Day, Rising Star Awards, Annual Conference and Awards for Excellence Dinner are now available.

Thinking about attending next year's event? Take a look at what all the noise was about!

Doesn't our industry look good?

View the Photo Gallery

Thanks to our 2017 Event Sponsors:



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