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The Restaurant Association of New Zealand are proud to present the 2021 Taranaki Hospitality Awards with the support of Lead Sponsors Gilmours.

We know our industry has been having a tough ride so we want to provide an opportunity to bring the hospitality industry together, to put aside the challenges Covid-19 is creating for us and focus on celebrating the great people and businesses that are keeping our local hospo humming.

15 awards will be awarded to the best of the Taranaki hospitality industry, as voted by your peers. From crew members, to suppliers, to establishments – the best of the best will be celebrated for their contribution to creating a world-class hospitality industry.


About the Halamoana Awards

Back in 2006 a group of Taranaki's hospitality elite wanted to celebrate all that was good about our industry, and recognise excellence among their hard-working peers.

They decided to hold an outstanding awards evening, and named them the Halamoana Awards.

Halamoana means “the movement of the traffic towards a destination”, similar to a wave in the ocean”. This is not only significant for our region, but also in the journey a person makes throughout his or her career.

Filipe Tohi’s aluminium work of art, (which stands at the corner of Brougham and Powderham Streets) is called Halamoana, from this sculpture the name of our awards is borrowed.

The Halamoana Awards ran was recognised as the benchmark for excellence in the Taranaki region. After a small recess, and under the stewardship of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Halamoana Awards have been rekindled and renamed the Taranaki Hospitality Awards. The awards will once again paying homage to all that is excellent in the Taranaki hospitality scene.