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Restaurant critics 'trespassed' from Auckland eatery

25 May 2017 (Thu) - 25 Jun 2017 (Sun)

NZ Herald - 25 May 2017

An Auckland eatery has banned food critics from eating at the establishment after a reviewer made his distaste for venison known in a piece on another restaurant.

Debate over short-term rentals at submission hearings

24 May 2017 (Wed) - 24 Jun 2017 (Sat)

Rotorua Daily Post - 24 May 2017

Councillors have been exposed to a range of views about locals renting their homes out for short-term stays, even though the subject was not part of the council's annual plan for the coming year.

Call for more tipping stirs wage and tax compliance pot

23 May 2017 (Tue) - 23 Jun 2017 (Fri) - 23 May 2017

Experts are split on the prospect of tipping in New Zealand, with some saying it would lower hospitality workers' wages while others arguing it could increase the government tax take.

Match scheduling and stadium issues mean South Island likely to miss full benefits of the Lions tour

22 May 2017 (Mon) - 22 Jun 2017 (Thu) - 22 May 2017

South Island centres are unlikely to reap the financial rewards of the lucrative Lions tour as overseas fans opt to skip the provincial matches in the mainland.

New Zealand Sevens World Series event moving to Hamilton in 2018

22 May 2017 (Mon) - 22 Jun 2017 (Thu)

Dominion Post - 22 May 2017

Former NZ sevens star Liam Messam is backing Hamilton to turn on a great event after claiming from Wellington the hosting rights for the New Zealand leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Kiwis to get a taste of Krispy Kreme

22 May 2017 (Mon) - 22 Jun 2017 (Thu)

New Zealand Herald - 22 May 2017

Doughnut fans rejoice - Krispy Kreme is coming to New Zealand.The global doughnut chain, which started in the US, is expected to open in Manukau in March next year, Fairfax reported.

Kiwi stars Eliza, Lorde, Jordie and Lydia are all preparing to turn 21, but there won't be a yard glass in sight

19 May 2017 (Fri) - 18 Jun 2017 (Sun) - 14 May 2017

They're the bright young things who are taking New Zealand to new heights on the world stage.

Hospitality Training Trust awards grants

19 May 2017 (Fri) - 19 Jun 2017 (Mon)

Restaurant and Cafe News - 19 May 2017

The Hospitality Training Trust (HTT) has today announced a total of $140,081 has been awarded to 16 applicants in its 2017 funding round.

Wanted: Nearly 20,000 service workers in Christchurch

17 May 2017 (Wed) - 17 Jun 2017 (Sat)

Radio New Zealand - 17 May 2017

Christchurch's service sector might need to consider hiring sickness beneficiaries, with almost 20,000 new jobs expected over the next three years.

More trouble for The George on Willis as liquor licence renewal faces opposition

17 May 2017 (Wed) - 17 Jun 2017 (Sat) - 17 May 2017

Wellington bar The George could face a fight to keep its liquor licence after twice being found guilty of breaching anti-smoking laws.

Bars trial early closing in Palmerston North

13 May 2017 (Sat) - 13 Jun 2017 (Tue)

TVNZ - 13 May 2017

In a bid to reduce alcohol related harm, a dozen bars in the CBD have agreed to shut an hour earlier.

It's not just how wer're drinking, it's how we're IDing

9 May 2017 (Tue) - 9 Jun 2017 (Fri) - 9 May 2017

A lady walks into a bar. Is she a) in New York City, USA; b) in Toronto, Canada, or c) in Havelock North, New Zealand? This is one of those thrilling “choose your own adventure” stories, with a 66.6 per cent chance of finding satisfaction.

2017 Lewisham Awards Finalists Announced

8 May 2017 (Mon) - 8 Jun 2017 (Thu)

Restaurant and Cafe - 8 May 2017

The Lewisham Awards recognise every aspect that contributes to the excellence of Auckland’s vibrant and diverse dining and entertainment scene whether it is a...

Revised targeted rate proposal comes under fire

8 May 2017 (Mon) - 8 Jun 2017 (Thu)

Tourism Ticker - 8 May 2017

Auckland mayor Phil Goff's revised targeted rate proposal has come under fire as “even more unfair” and an “illogical mess” by industry leaders.

Goff accuses hotels of exploiting Masters Games

6 May 2017 (Sat) - 6 Jun 2017 (Tue)

New Zealand Herald - 6 May 2017

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the hotel industry is being disingenuous about his bed levy by exploiting events like the Masters Games to hike room rates.

Many migrant workers to lose pathway to residency

4 May 2017 (Thu) - 4 Jun 2017 (Sun)

New Zealand Herald - 4 May 2017

Would-be migrants seeking to work and stay in New Zealand may be in for a double whammy under proposed changes to the essential skills visa policy.

Study reveals what Kiwis really think about tourists

3 May 2017 (Wed) - 3 Jun 2017 (Sat)

New Zealand Herald - 3 May 2017

The twice-yearly Mood of the Nation survey, found 96 per cent of New Zealanders agreed or strongly agreed that international tourism is good for the country....

Tourism businesses should pay more to hold staff says expert

3 May 2017 (Wed) - 3 Jun 2017 (Sat)

New Zealand Herald - 3 May 2017

Government moves to restrict immigration could exacerbate a shortage of workers in tourism although one expert says if wages were higher more young New Zealanders would be attracted to the sector.

Whangarei restaurant faces increased chef turnover

3 May 2017 (Wed) - 3 Jun 2017 (Sat)

The Northern Advocate - 3 May 2017

Proposed immigration changes could force some Northland restaurants to hire and retrain chefs every three years.The government has announced proposals that would change eligibility criteria for work visas.

New Zealand set for Lions Tour kick-off

2 May 2017 (Tue) - 2 Jun 2017 (Fri)

New Zealand Herald - 2 May 2017

As more than 20,000 international rugby fans prepare to head to New Zealand for the Lions Tour, the country is preparing to put its best foot forward.

Wellington Police and health warned by alcohol authority

2 May 2017 (Tue) - 2 Jun 2017 (Fri)

Radio New Zealand News Headlines - 2 May 2017

Police and health officials have been told to stop challenging liquor licensing applications just because they failed to negotiate earlier closing times for Wellington's bars.

Motels face bill shock after being let down by telco provider

30 Apr 2017 (Sun) - 30 May 2017 (Tue)

The Press - 30 April 2017

Motel owners and retailers are crying foul after phone provider Nexus Communications and Billing shut up shop.
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