Students Showcase Their Skills At Government House On Waitangi Day

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Our hospitality students showcased their skills and presented some of New Zealand’s best food and drink to around 1800 guests at this year’s Waitangi Day reception held in the gardens of Government House.


This is a really exceptional experience for our students,” explains Ben Shadbolt, programme manager in our School of Hospitality. “Not only do our students get to work under the direction of Simon Peacock, Executive Chef at Government House, it’s also an amazing way to experience Waitangi Day.

Over the last three years we’ve established a strong connection with Government House. Chef tutor Derek Yee’s ongoing work with Simon Peacock, and the staff at Government House, has seen our students invited back each year. Typically planning starts in July to arrange staffing requirements. This includes signing-up students, processing recruitment and identification forms, and ensuring the mandatory police checks are completed well in advance.

This year ten staff and thirty students from across our hospitality programmes were involved in preparing dishes and serving guests of the Governor General. Can you spot our team in this TVNZ Seven Sharp news story which aired on 6 February?

Our connection with Government House also provides a valuable link to industry. Vicki Young, graduate in the Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5) gained employment at Government House as a direct result of being involved in last year’s Waitangi Day reception.