About us and our contributors

About us

Whichever way you found us, it is clear that you are among the many who prefer to receive current news without delay.

HospoNews was born of an awareness that news needed to be available as soon as possible. If national and international news in general could be accessed through the internet within very short time frames, why couldn’t industry news? Why should you have to wait a month, if not more, for it to be printed and delivered to you?

The HospoNews philosophy is to make hospitality news coverage virtually live. We aim to bring you the latest news as close to it happening as possible. What’s more, our website flexibility means we can bring you more news, in-depth stories, profiles, features, recipes and anything of interest for not just one area of hospitality but right across the whole sector.

We also produce a weekly e-newsletter which brings the news straight to your email inbox so that you can access it anywhere.

The team at HospoNews has extensive experience in covering news for this sector and a passion for supporting and encouraging the industry as a whole. We welcome your comments and suggestions and hope you will also share your news with us.

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Our team and contributors

Listed in alphabetical order.
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  • Alyn has been the Legal Adviser for Hospitality New Zealand (formerly HANZ) since 2005. Prior to Hospitality New Zealand, Alyn worked as a solicitor in private practice in commercial and employment law.  In addition to law, Alyn has a degree in management and industrial relations and writes regularly on industry employment issues.  Alyn manages Hospitality New Zealand's advisory service in respect of advising small and large member employers on all aspects of employment law.  In support of this Alyn represents members regularly in mediation and before the Employment Relations Authority.  www.hospitalitynz.org.nz | Freephone: 0800 500 503

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  • Anton Leyland an award-winning chef and now Head Chef of Kermadec Fine, has worked for the likes of the Hyatt Regency, Michael James and Euro in his earlier years. He then took up a position under 2011 Chef of the Year Martin Benn at Sydney’s prestigious Tetsuya’s. After a three-year stint in the Middle East, Anton secured a Senior Sous Chef position at One Tree Grill, helping to win consecutive placings in the Metro Top 50 Awards. Since his time at the helm of Kermadec Fine he has developed his own unique style and won praise from industry pairs and public alike. Anton appeared at last year’s Taste of Auckland festival on stage with Nadia Lim demonstrating his critically acclaimed Tuna Tartare & katsoubushi entree.

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  • It is obvious food means a great deal to Asher, which he attributes to family who always gathered around various tables to eat delicious food and enjoy each other’s company. Asher left school early to pursue a career in cooking, gaining qualifications and cooking in restaurants around NZ and the world. Looking for a change in pace Asher re-trained as a nutritionist, gaining a master’s degree from the University of Otago. He now works for the Heart Foundation giving advice to the hospitality industry on producing high quality, healthy food. Check out the large amount of information for caterers here: www.heartfoundation.org.nz/hospitality. Follow us on Facebook

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  • Have you ever wondered where that biker is heading to, on that immaculately polished chrome embellished piece of machinery? Chances are they are heading off to a cafe. Mid life escape artists I call them. My two greatest passions in life are food and bikes. The combination of both saw the birth of the Gastromrider being published in kiwirider magazine every month. Riding around the country sampling our great food and hospitality, meeting some colorful characters along the way and sharing my adventures is what its all about. A foodie I have been all my life, managing several large manufacturing enterprises and having shares in the great dessert company in 2010 found me nominated for, and winning the hospitality personality award for my contribution to Hospitality and Tourism. So saddle up and join me as we hit the road for another adventure. “You can take a car to a cafe but wheres the fun in that.”

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  • Dorothy Kuno tried her hand at hairdressing before deciding that her long-term love of cooking could lead to a career as a chef. In February she signed up to study for the Diploma in Professional Cookery at NZMA and each week Dorothy brings you an update of how she is progressing. You can ‘cheer’ Dorothy on by commenting on her page, or send her a message including asking questions by emailing: editor@hosponews.co.nz . We will forward your email onto her. Be sure to follow Dorothy each week.

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  • Johann Wohlmuther, a native of Austria, has spent more than 50 years in the hospitality industry, first as a chef then waiter, restaurant manager in several overseas countries and for the last 30 years in hospitality education and training. His latest position before leaving Manukau Institute of Technology was Dean of Consumer Services, responsible for several schools including CHATS (Culinary and Hospitality School) which he planned and opened in 1993. In 2011 Johann established his own training and consultancy business called Hospitality on the Move Johann’s passion is to increase the standards of hospitality professionals and to ensure hospitality operations are profitable and value-adding.

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  • Margaret Main is an HR Advisor with HRtoolkit Ltd, the HR manager for Small Businesses. She has extensive experience in many areas of HR, hospitality and has been a small business owner herself. The HRtoolkit team takes a practical common sense approach to ensure that they add value through HR. HRtoolkit provides an on-line document library to allow you to DIY all your HR issues from hiring to firing (and all the fun bits in between), and access to hands on support when required. HRtoolkit also work in conjunction with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce providing their 0800 Chamber service.

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  • Michael Baines is the Chief Executive of the Motel Association of New Zealand. MANZ is the representative body for the motel industry, with 900 plus members throughout the country. MANZ works to promote the interests of motels and the wider tourism sector, and to constantly improve the services offered by motels. By staying in a MANZ motel guests, are assured of a high standard of accommodation, hospitality and service. Michael can be contacted on Phone 04 494 1846 or Mobile 027 566 8496.

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  • Managing Director, HospoNews: Osmyn Morgan has been working in the publishing industry since 2002 and has a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Auckland. In 2004 he joined TPL Media a B2B publisher of industry magazines such as Hospitality, Coffee Culture, Catering Plus and F&B. During his tenure at TPL Media it was no coincidence a number of magazines including Hospitality was flourishing in print. In November 2011 Osmyn co-created HospoNews with Cynthia Daly and the rest, as they say is history.

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  • Robyn Yousef is an Auckland-based freelance journalist with an extensive portfolio of published works, including articles in many New Zealand newspapers. In recent years Robyn has also been a regular contributor for hospitality industry titles such as food2Go, Catering Plus and Food & Beverage Today. Photograph by: Linda O'Reilly

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  • Rohan de Souza has been instrumental in spearheading the strategy, design and development for some of New Zealand's biggest media and real estate websites including 3 News, Radio Live and Barfoot & Thompson. He is currently a Director at App La Carte, an app solution company for businesses and Moa Creative an app development agency that develops apps for some of the world's biggest brands. He can be contacted on his email at rohan@applacarte.com In his spare time Rohan loves listening to jazz and occasionally reminisces of the days when he filled the drum chair for a jazz band.

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