Hospitality, tourism and events news

QS stars 2019

AUT a 5-star university across all categories

13 Nov, 2019
AUT has received the maximum five stars for the first time in every category according to the global education analysts QS in their recent results.
New Professors announced in 2019

New Professors and Associate Professors

07 Nov, 2019
AUT has announced the promotion of 12 leading academics to the position of Professor. A further 15 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
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AUT introduces new reusable cup initiative

Hospitality, tourism and events
18 Oct, 2019
From next year, you can purchase a $3 AUT branded coffee cup and if you bring it back dirty, AUT cafes will exchange it for a clean reusable cup.
THE Rankings Sep 2019

AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
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Promoting careers, not just jobs

Hospitality, tourism and events
19 Aug, 2019
The Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Culinary Arts Career Fair attracted 240 students and 32 employers to AUT on Wednesday 14 August.
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The changing face of what it means to be Kiwi

Hospitality, tourism and events
08 Jul, 2019
The items that represent Kiwi identity are changing - towards wine, oysters, the silver fern and Māori culture, research at AUT suggests.
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Stamp of quality for AUT tourism degree

Hospitality, tourism and events
17 May, 2019
AUT's tourism degree has been quality-assured by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
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What does luxury really mean?

Hospitality, tourism and events
07 May, 2019
To date there is no objective or quantifiable definition of luxury or the luxury market due to their nebulous nature.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
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Five questions: Professor Michael Lück

Hospitality, tourism and events
25 Mar, 2019
We asked Professor Michael Lück five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
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Diversity celebrated at cookbook launch

22 Mar, 2019
The launch of a cookbook with family recipes and stories of AUT staff and students from migrant and refugee backgrounds, took place on Race Relations Day.
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Christchurch

15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
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Meet the new Internz

28 Nov, 2018
21 AUT graduates have been hand-picked by major companies including Lululemon, Enviropod, Paramount Recording Studios and Sundance Institute to be internat
Student Heaven-Lee Kaka

Student awarded Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship

Hospitality, tourism and events
19 Nov, 2018
Second-year Tourism Management student Heaven-Lee Kaka has been appointed the 2019 Te Pia Tāpoi scholarship recipient by leading tourism operator, Ngāi Tah
The Tastes of Home cookbook

New Cookbook to fund scholarship fund

14 Nov, 2018
A new cookbook featuring family recipes and stories of AUT staff and students from migrant and refugee backgrounds launched this week.
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Tourism student to experience Fiji

Hospitality, tourism and events
09 Nov, 2018
Tourism student Seine Johnston has won a trip to Fiji to make a difference with tourism initiative Spring Break Uprising.
AUTSA's Foodie Godmother pantry

Can you help the Foodie Godmother?

02 Nov, 2018
AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother needs donations of food and personal hygiene products for students in need. Can you help?
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors announced

01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Staff and students involved with the Haru no Kawa art exhibition

Arts student plans dream event

30 Oct, 2018
Final-year student Hannah Bradley was given a rare opportunity to host her own event as part of her workplace experience with Auckland Artweek.
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch

Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
THE world university rankings for AUT 2019

THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
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AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.
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Making connections at the career fair

Hospitality, tourism and events
22 Aug, 2018
Employers at the recent AUT Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Culinary Arts Career Fair showed a strong interest in AUT students.
AUT students embrace the world

AUT students embrace the world

Hospitality, tourism and events
18 Jul, 2018
18 students studying tourism, hospitality, event management and culinary arts at AUT recently travelled to Hong Kong on a cultural exchange programme.
Merge Café volunteer Te Huia

Partnership supports Merge Café

Hospitality, tourism and events
22 Jun, 2018
Merging communities is at the heart of the partnership between AUT and Lifewise, which present a high-end dinner to raise money to end homelessness.
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Internships at Walt Disney World Resort

Hospitality, tourism and events
08 May, 2018
AUT culinary arts student Ben Kwek is currently on the other side of the world, experiencing the magic of working for Walt Disney World Resort.
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Taking New Zealand cuisine to the world

Hospitality, tourism and events
23 Apr, 2018
As President of the NZ contingent for the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition, John Kelleher is gearing up to bring local flavours to the table.
AUT lecturer and Cook Islander Lisa Sadaraka

Harassment in Cook Islands hospitality

Hospitality, tourism and events
10 Apr, 2018
Sexual harassment by customers in the Cook Islands hospitality industry is a problem, according to AUT lecturer and Cook Islander Lisa Sadaraka.
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Research kicks off on modern Kiwi identity

Hospitality, tourism and events
23 Mar, 2018

Tourism grad takes her skills to Brazil

Tourism grad takes her skills to Brazil

Hospitality, tourism and events
16 Feb, 2018
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Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme

02 Sep, 2017

A new generation of Māori and Pacific lecturers is taking up residence at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The 2018 Early Career Academic Programme offers up to six Māori and Pacific scholars their first, full-time, permanent appointments as research-active lecturers.

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AUT Hospitality ranked 45th in the World

Hospitality, tourism and events
10 Mar, 2017

Students studying Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Culinary Arts at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are completing their degrees in a school that is ranked 45th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Students join Auckland Council to promote cutting food waste

Students join Auckland Council to promote cutting food waste

Hospitality, tourism and events
21 Nov, 2016

Auckland Council has been working with AUT culinary students to inspire Aucklanders to love their leftovers and reduce food waste

Culinary lecturer in winning team at the International Culinary Olympics

Culinary lecturer in winning team at the International Culinary Olympics

Hospitality, tourism and events
07 Nov, 2016

The New Zealand's national chefs’ team, including AUT lecturer John Kelleher, has won silver and bronze at the Culinary Olympics in Germany.

Tourism NZ honour for AUT academic

Tourism NZ honour for AUT academic

Hospitality, tourism and events
28 Oct, 2016

Tourism New Zealand has recognised AUT Associate Professor Erica Hinckson for her efforts in attracting a world-class academic conference to New Zealand.

AUT student is Sommelier of the Year – wins trip to France’s Champagne region

AUT student is Sommelier of the Year – wins trip to France’s Champagne region

Hospitality, tourism and events
28 Sep, 2016

Congratulations to Bachelor of International Hospitality Management student Dion Wai who took the top prize in blind wine tastings, theory and practical assessments at the New Zealand Sommelier of the Year Awards held recently at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine in Auckland.

AUT gets behind Cooking 4 Change

AUT gets behind Cooking 4 Change

Hospitality, tourism and events
25 Aug, 2016

AUT volunteer students and staff teamed up with well-known Kiwis last night to serve the homeless a gourmet dinner at the Auckland City Mission.

The primordial pleasure of cooking with fire

The primordial pleasure of cooking with fire

Hospitality, tourism and events
24 Aug, 2016

Michelin-starred chef and School of Hospitality senior lecturer in culinary arts Alan Brown has produced a new book that takes cooking in a wood-fired oven to the next level.

AUT culinary arts student tops Viet Nam fusion competition

AUT culinary arts student tops Viet Nam fusion competition

Hospitality, tourism and events
17 Jun, 2016

Culinary arts student Jamin Gibson has taken out top honours in an international culinary competition held in Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam.

Great food and culture at Culinary Arts event

Great food and culture at Culinary Arts event

Hospitality, tourism and events
16 Jun, 2016

Latin American cuisine, colour and culture came together at the Bachelor of Arts (Culinary Arts)'s “Sabores Latinos” event.

Queen’s honour for services to art, education and LGBTQI rights

Queen’s honour for services to art, education and LGBTQI rights

Hospitality, tourism and events
14 Jun, 2016

Being named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to performing arts, education and LGBTQI rights took a while to sink in for AUT senior lecturer Lexie Matheson.

New Zealand’s first team steps up to take on Bocuse d’Or culinary competition

New Zealand’s first team steps up to take on Bocuse d’Or culinary competition

Hospitality, tourism and events
13 Apr, 2016

Sourcing a rare fish that lives in the Antarctic’s subzero waters is just one of the challenges that New Zealand’s first ever Bocuse d’Or team has taken on in their quest for the ultimate culinary prize.

AUT culinary team lending skills to Fiji fundraiser

AUT culinary team lending skills to Fiji fundraiser

Hospitality, tourism and events
17 Mar, 2016

AUT culinary graduates will be working side-by-side with some of New Zealand’s top chefs this weekend to help raise money for Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

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AUT research links tourism to sustainable development in the Pacific

Hospitality, tourism and events
16 Oct, 2015

Research to create sustainable livelihoods for our Pacific neighbours: this is the key goal for AUT Professor of Tourism Simon Milne.

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Locals - the missing link in national tourism strategy warns Professor

Hospitality, tourism and events
08 Jun, 2015

New Zealand’s national tourism strategy needs to focus more on the role of local communities in engaging and interacting with tourists, says AUT University’s tourism and sustainability professor Simon Milne.

Young Blake Expedition

Seafaring professor helps to keep Sir Peter Blake’s legacy alive

Hospitality, tourism and events
15 Apr, 2014

Joining a group of scientists, academics and educators and 12 outstanding young New Zealanders on the recent 13-day Young Blake Expedition to the subantarctic islands was a ‘huge privilege’ says AUT Professor of Marine Tourism Mark Orams.

Manukau Harbour Survey

Manukau Harbour researchers keen to hear from locals

Hospitality, tourism and events
19 Mar, 2014

Tourism researchers exploring the recreation and tourism potential of the Manukau Harbour want to hear from as many locals and visitors as possible about the way they use the harbour.

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme comes to AUT

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme comes to AUT

Hospitality, tourism and events
22 Jan, 2014

20 young women, participants in the 2014 Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, took part in a ‘market to table’ experience hosted at AUT’s Four Seasons restaurant this week.

Research explores the legacy of RWC 2011 volunteering

Research explores the legacy of RWC 2011 volunteering

05 Dec, 2013

Many Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers delivered on their intentions to do more volunteer work after an outstanding experience with the event, a longitudinal study has found.

Futuristic hotel vision takes students to Singapore

Futuristic hotel vision takes students to Singapore

Hospitality, tourism and events
21 Nov, 2013

Imagining a hotel that guests can customise has taken a team of AUT hospitality students into the final round of an international hotel design competition, to be held in Singapore later this month.

Ice cream galore at AUT

Ice cream galore at AUT

Hospitality, tourism and events
06 Nov, 2013

Making and eating extravagant ice cream creations to mark the end of a university paper sounds unlikely, but first-year students in AUT’s Certificate and Diploma of Pâtisserie did just that recently.

'Excellent textbook' wins Culinary Quill award

'Excellent textbook' wins Culinary Quill award

Hospitality, tourism and events
05 Nov, 2013

The New Zealand Chef, a textbook co-authored by AUT senior lecturer Lindsay Neill, has been recognised with the chief judge’s special award at the 2013 Culinary Quill Awards.

Gold medals for hospitality

Gold medals for hospitality

Hospitality, tourism and events
04 Sep, 2013

Once again, AUT University has come back from the National Culinary Fare triumphant, with a stack of medals to display.

Students and graduates from AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism programmes, Diploma in Culinary Arts (DCA), Diploma in Patisserie (DipPat) and Bachelor of International Hospitality Management (BIHM), competed in a range of classes at the national event, with plenty of gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded.

Culinarian of the Year honour

Culinarian of the Year honour

Hospitality, tourism and events
26 Aug, 2013

AUT’s Arno Sturny has been named New Zealand’s Culinarian of the Year by the New Zealand Chef’s Association.

The senior lecturer in patisserie had no idea the win was coming when it was announced at the association’s annual conference in Christchurch at the end of July.

2013 Big Sleepout at AUT

2013 Big Sleepout at AUT

Hospitality, tourism and events
10 Jul, 2013

As New Zealand’s economy continues to strengthen, so too does the hospitality industry, says AUT senior lecturer Lindsay Neill, one of the authors of New Zealand’s third annual Hospitality Report, released this week.

An AU-Tea Experience

An AU-Tea Experience

Hospitality, tourism and events
20 Jun, 2013

Tea was the name of the game, and the taste of it, when an AUT University senior lecturer and student went to Sri Lanka this month.

Senior lecturer in Culinary Arts John Kelleher and Bachelor of International Hospitality Management student Nicole Gomes spent a week in Sri Lanka with Dilmah Tea, after finishing the runners up in the 2012 Dilmah High Tea Challenge New Zealand.

Medal for Excellence for culinary whizz

Medal for Excellence for culinary whizz

Hospitality, tourism and events
10 Jun, 2013

For the first time a New Zealander has won the Medal for Excellence in Culinary Arts from City and Guilds London, and that New Zealander is from AUT.

Senior lecturer Alan Brown from the AUT School of Hospitality and Tourism won the medal earlier this year after being nominated by colleagues.

AUT student proud to be a chef

AUT student proud to be a chef

Hospitality, tourism and events
29 Jan, 2013

AUT University student Jonny Bell is Proud to be a Chef, in more ways than one, and in one month's time he will prove it again.

Bell, who is studying a Diploma in Culinary Arts in AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism, won the opportunity to cook in Melbourne in February this year, thanks to his delicious dish in the Fonterra Proud to be a Chef competition.

Lights, camera, pastry

Lights, camera, pastry

Hospitality, tourism and events
07 Jan, 2013

It was lights, camera, pastry at AUT University’s Piko Restaurant late last year as patisserie students showed off their skills in their end-of-year and ice cream showcase.

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Fusion cook takes out top prize

Hospitality, tourism and events
31 Oct, 2012

Three stressful hours and a box of 55 ingredients has seen an AUT University student take out a national cooking competition.

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AU Tea's winning brew

Hospitality, tourism and events
24 Sep, 2012

The copious cups of tea have paid off for the AUT team in the Dilmah High Tea Challenge this week.

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AUT in the Pink

Hospitality, tourism and events
01 Jun, 2012

AUT University went Pink for the first ever AUT Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

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AUT's Four Seasons Restaurant is going Pink

Hospitality, tourism and events
22 May, 2012

AUT University is getting behind the colour pink this month and is hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Four Seasons Restaurant to support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF).

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Summer food safety tips from AUT experts

Hospitality, tourism and events
09 Jan, 2012

Suzanne Bliss, the AUT University food safety coordinator, says keeping food hygienic and safe to eat is not difficult, as long as people are aware of the risks and know how to keep food safe over summer.

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Importance of sea and coasts needs to be recognised

30 Dec, 2011

As we move into the summer months, our interaction with the sea and coasts will become an even more central part of our lives so it is worthwhile to reflect on the importance of our seas as part of our nation and culture according to an AUT professor.

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Treats on display at AUT

23 Dec, 2011

Matariki, Easter and St Patrick’s Day were just a few of the well thought-out themes at the annual showcase for first year pâtisserie students.

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Tortelloni takes out top honours

Hospitality, tourism and events
01 Dec, 2011

Scampi tortelloni and hard-work has seen an AUT trainee chef make the top four in the annual Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef competition.

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Event Management students test skills at Diwali

Hospitality, tourism and events
11 Oct, 2011

Anyone who was out and about in Auckland city over the weekend will have noticed the sights, sounds, tastes and energy of India at the annual Diwali (Festival of Lights) at Aotea Square.

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Research shows people 50 percent more likely to be sexually assaulted on sea

Hospitality, tourism and events
23 Sep, 2011

Research co-authored by AUT University’s head of hospitality Dr Jill Poulston suggests holiday-makers, especially women, should think twice about their safety when boarding a cruise ship.

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AUT serves up gold

Hospitality, tourism and events
22 Jul, 2011

AUT’s Training Team of the Year has taken out gold for the third consecutive year at the recent National Culinary Fare.

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International book award for NZTRI member

Hospitality, tourism and events
11 Mar, 2011

Robert Oliver, chef at large and NZTRI member has scooped the award for best cook book in the world at the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards.

Pâtisserie showcase impresses

Pâtisserie showcase impresses

Hospitality, tourism and events
15 Dec, 2010

Macaroons, mousse, meringues and more were on show at the highly anticipated showcases for first and second year pâtisserie students.

AUT helps Fonterra find young masterchefs

AUT helps Fonterra find young masterchefs

Hospitality, tourism and events
22 Nov, 2010

An AUT student was recently awarded the coveted prize of one of the best trainee chefs in New Zealand.The title of Fonterra Foodservices Proud to be a Chef 2010 was bestowed on Teresa Joe, a first year Culinary Arts student at AUT University, and one other student, Elliott Pinn.

AUT’s global Oxfam campaign

AUT’s global Oxfam campaign

Hospitality, tourism and events
28 Oct, 2010

AUT's event production students recently rolled up their sleeves to help out Oxfam New Zealand raise awareness of climate change in the Pacific- free of charge and with global results.

NZ missing out on billions of potential tourist dollars

NZ missing out on billions of potential tourist dollars

Hospitality, tourism and events
12 Oct, 2010

It’s about more than just access, it’s about making people with disabilities feel welcome and ensuring they feel valued when they visit New Zealand.

AUT scoops gold

AUT scoops gold

Hospitality, tourism and events
03 Sep, 2010

Foodies love AUT food

Foodies love AUT food

Hospitality, tourism and events
27 Aug, 2010

AUT University’s top hospitality students showcased their talents recently for New Zealand’s crème de la crème of restaurateurs, food critics and writers.

Pear Culinaire

Pear Culinaire

Hospitality, tourism and events
20 Aug, 2010

Five AUT culinary arts students rolled up their sleeves and prepared their best summer pear recipes for a panel of judges in the AUT University/USA Pears cook off.

From The Ritz to rags

From The Ritz to rags

Hospitality, tourism and events
19 Aug, 2010

The former head chef at The Ritz in London visits NZ and AUT to share his experiences of dealing with addiction in the hospitality industry.

Englishman Michael Quinn went from head chef at The Ritz in London and cooking for the queen to living under a bridge and an alcoholic.

I'm still learning: Ray McVinnie on MasterChef

I'm still learning: Ray McVinnie on MasterChef

Hospitality, tourism and events
27 May, 2010

Even for a master chef himself, Ray McVinnie says judging the hit series on TV ONE was still an opportunity for him to learn.

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Pacific Island flair infused in book

Hospitality, tourism and events
17 May, 2010

Pasifika food, music, singing and dancing all played a part in the AUT University-hosted launch of Robert Oliver’s new book.

Tea and cake anyone?

Tea and cake anyone?

Hospitality, tourism and events
01 Nov, 2009

Busy student chefs have been mixing, baking, icing and decorating their way towards showcasing their end of year talents.

First year Diploma and Certificate Patisserie students in AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism showcased their baked offerings in a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ display for friends, family and AUT staff earlier this month.

New MasterChef judge and AUT Lecturer, Ray McVinnie

AUT's MasterChef Judge

Hospitality, tourism and events
28 Oct, 2009

The search is on to find New Zealand's first MasterChef and AUT’s own Ray McVinnie will be on our television screens every week helping to find the country’s premier chef.

Professor Mark Orams

Mark Orams joins the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute

Hospitality, tourism and events
15 Jun, 2009

Professor Mark Orams joins AUT as Associate Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI) and will also be a member of staff in the School of Hospitality and Tourism.