AUCKLAND: The Hotel Britomart has added two more awards to its already extensive list: Best Luxury Hotel and Best Restaurant for the hotel restaurant kingi, at the 2022 Hospitality New Zealand Awards.

“We’re delighted to be recognised again by our industry peers,” says General Manager Clinton Farley. “These awards, from New Zealand’s most established hospitality body, are a credit to the work of our wonderful team, who have put in a huge amount of care and effort to deliver exceptional guest experiences through some pretty challenging times.”

David Oliveri, Executive Assistant Manager, adds, “These awards, as well as the consistent excellent feedback we hear from guests and the many return bookings we’re seeing, tell us we’re getting things right.”

Since opening, The Hotel Britomart has picked up a multitude of local and global awards and nods of recognition for experience, design and sustainability, featuring on the Conde Nast Traveler Global Hot List 2021, multiple awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Best Design Awards and being named runner-up Most Sustainable Hotel by National Geographic, among others.

The team at the hotel’s sustainable seafood restaurant kingi, which was co-founded by chef Tom Hishon, were also acknowledged with two ‘hats’ at the recent Good Food Awards.

The Best Luxury Hotel award is a nod to the calibre of experience at The Hotel Britomart, including the personalised service, the timber-lined guest rooms with stone-tiled bathrooms and hand-made ceramics, as well as the five beautiful Landing Suites that sit atop the hotel.

Each Landing Suite is named after a bay at the hotel’s sister property The Landing, a luxury retreat in the Bay of Islands. Every suite is unique, with the interiors designed by Cheshire Architects in collaboration with Seattle’s Lucas Design Associates, who also designed the interiors of the luxury Residences at The Landing.

“With the Landing Suites, we’re creating a luxury retreat experience in the heart of downtown Auckland,” says Clinton Farley, “Guests of the Suites enjoy a bespoke stay curated by their own Guest Experience Manager, including private airport or city transfers to and from the hotel, hosted drinks and canapés in The Libraries, and a guided Britomart neighbourhood tour.”

Experience the Britomart Black Card Package
Make the most of your stay at The Hotel Britomart with our Britomart Black Card Package including breakfast for two in kingi, a complimentary upgrade to the next available guest room type and a $100 Britomart Black Card for each night of your stay that can be spent in kingi, towards an in-house massage, valet parking, mini-bar or in any of the 65+ restaurants, cafes, salons, bars and boutiques in the nine-block Britomart neighbourhood.

Dine at kingi  
Visit kingi, The Hotel Britomart’s restaurant, which was recently awarded two hats in the Cuisine Good Food Awards. Enjoy a two-course lunch celebrating locally sourced and caught seafood and learn about the fishermen and women and their sustainable fishing practices, while enjoying a glass of kingi’s house wine.

To book any of the above offerings please visit the hotel’s website.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Clinton Farley, General Manager
+64 9 300 9595 / [email protected]

About The Hotel Britomart  
Located in downtown waterfront Auckland’s Britomart precinct. The Hotel Britomart has 99 guest rooms and five luxurious Landing Suites that offer an oasis of calm in the centre of the city. Designed by Cheshire Architects, it is New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel, certified by the NZ Green Building Council. Find out more at thehotelbritomart.com.

About kingi
kingi (short for kingfish) is a restaurant that offers fresh, locally sourced food in thoughtful, approachable ways. Located just steps from The Hotel Britomart lobby on the ground floor of the heritage Masonic Building (which has been refurbished as part of The Hotel Britomart project), kingi introduces guests at the hotel to the city, and welcomes Aucklanders with an easy-going warmth that tells them it’s their place too. Open for everything from early-morning coffee to drinks, snacks, aperitifs, and fuller plates at night, kingi also offers The Hotel Britomart guests selected items as a room service menu throughout the day.

About Collection by TFE Hotels 
The Hotel Britomart is an affiliate of TFE Hotels under the Collection by TFE Hotels brand. The Collection by TFE Hotels represents beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design, customised service and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. The Hotel Britomart embodies these concepts while remaining proudly a product of its unique location.

AUCKLAND: The Hotel Britomart, New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel, has released its first sustainability report. The report, which will be published annually, sets out the hotel’s sustainability goals and details its commitment to sustainable operations.

“It was a huge effort to build and open the country’s first 5 Green Star hotel,” says Clinton Farley, The Hotel Britomart’s general manager. “Now we’re committed to operating the hotel sustainably every day. Environmental and community impact is a key business consideration for the entire team, and our sustainability report is an important way of setting goals and holding ourselves accountable.”

The Hotel Britomart opened in October 2020, with its design and build certified with 5 Green Star ratings from the NZ Green Building Council. Since then, it has been recognised with a Gold Sustainable Tourism Award from Qualmark, New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, the Best Sustainable Business award at the NZ Hospitality Awards, and was runner up in National Geographic magazine’s international Good Egg award for the most sustainable hotel.

The Hotel Britomart team has an intense focus on sustainable operations. This year, the hotel has embarked on a process to become a Toitū Carbonreduce organisation to enable it to track and reduce its operational emissions. It has also introduced a plastic-free policy which asks all products supplied to the hotel be delivered in fully home compostable, biodegradable, recyclable or reusable packaging. So far, it has achieved 95 percent compliance from its suppliers.

Sustainability commitments extend into the hotel’s procurement policy: 80 percent of all goods procured by the hotel are New Zealand-made, localising the supply chain and reducing emissions. Local suppliers include Nelson-based uniform designer Tamzin Hawkins, who ensures all the hotel’s uniforms are New Zealand-made from compostable fabrics, the Chatham Island Food Co, which supplies sustainably harvested seafood to kingi, the hotel’s restaurant, and local ceramicists Rachel Carter and Elena Renker, whose work features in each guest room in the hotel.

“All these efforts show that we’re not just saying we’re a sustainble hotel – we’re doing the work to prove it,” Clinton Farley says. “We’re also looking to continuously improve, so our sustainability report helps set a benchmark for ourselves, and offers transparency to our guests as well.”

Stay Green: Guests can book The Hotel Britomart’s Stay Green package and contribute to offsetting their carbon footprint. For every booking received, the hotel plants a native tree at its sister property, The Landing, in the Bay of Islands. The package includes an overnight stay and a leisurely lunch in kingi, The Hotel Britomart’s restaurant with a focus on sustainably sourced ingredients. Each booking also receives a gift that celebrates the talents of local artisans such as pottery by Rachel Carter, 100 percent zero-waste blankets from Mavis and Osborn and much more.

Dine in kingi: Visit kingi, The Hotel Britomart’s restaurant, which was recently awarded two hats in the Cuisine Good Food Awards. Enjoy a two-course lunch celebrating locally sourced and caught seafood and learn about the fishermen and women and their sustainable fishing practices, while enjoying a glass of kingi’s house wine.

Click here to book any of the above offerings. The Hotel Britomart’s Sustainability Report 2022 can be accessed via this link.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Clinton Farley, General Manager
+64 9 300 9595 / [email protected]

About The Hotel Britomart
Located in downtown waterfront Auckland’s Britomart precinct. The Hotel Britomart has 99 guest rooms and five luxurious Landing Suites that offer an oasis of calm in the centre of the city. Designed by Cheshire Architects, it is New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel, certified by the NZ Green Building Council. Find out more at thehotelbritomart.com.

About kingi
kingi (short for kingfish) is a restaurant that offers fresh, locally sourced food in thoughtful, approachable ways. Located just steps from The Hotel Britomart lobby on the ground floor of the heritage Masonic Building (which has been refurbished as part of The Hotel Britomart project), kingi introduces guests at the hotel to the city, and welcomes Aucklanders with an easy-going warmth that tells them it’s their place too. Open for everything from early-morning coffee to drinks, snacks, aperitifs, and fuller plates at night, kingi also offers The Hotel Britomart guests selected items as a room service menu throughout the day.

About Collection by TFE Hotels 
The Hotel Britomart is an affiliate of TFE Hotels under the Collection by TFE Hotels brand. The Collection by TFE Hotels represents beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design, customised service and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. The Hotel Britomart embodies these concepts while remaining proudly a product of its unique location.

CANBERRA: Australia’s 16th Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, is the man credited with giving Australia the Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Scheme; establishing QANTAS, the Australian National University, and the CSIRO; and assisting General Motors Holden to build Australia’s first iconic Holden Car.

Perhaps not as widely known, is Chifley’s Government was instrumental in establishing the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) at the start of the Cold War, and in giving Australia a domestic airline carrier in the (now defunct) Trans Australian Airline.

It’s fair to say Ben Chifley was a man who made his mark. And whilst a stay at the Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra has always offered a brief glimpse into Chifley’s world – ‘Chif’ himself was a resident of the hotel for 11 years refusing to let taxpayers fund him to stay at The Lodge – history buffs now have a chance to retrace the footsteps of the man who was instrumental in shaping the development of Canberra and Australia.

Chifley’s Walk, which launches this Friday, July 22, is the brainchild of teams from Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) and the Hotel Kurrajong, and the perfect accompaniment for those who’ve sampled a Benny’s Double in Chifley’s Bar & Grill or spent a night in the hotel’s carefully curated ‘Chifley Room’ in Canberra.

The 45-minute tour starts with a 750m stroll retracing the footsteps of then Treasurer Ben Chifley and his PM, John Curtin, as they walked from the hotel to Parliament House each day – a habit that was captured by photographer Don Stephens in 1945 and immortalised in bronze by sculpture Peter Corlett in 2011. When Curtin died, Chifley continued the tradition.

MoAD’s Andrea Garcia explains that Chifley’s Walk allows visitors to deepen their understanding of Old Parliament House by exploring the places where important decisions were made – King’s Hall, the House of Representatives and the Prime Minister’s Office – and key events that took place in the context of the 16th Prime Minister of Australia.

“The synergy between Hotel Kurrajong and Old Parliament House helped inspire the walk,” she said. “Hotel Kurrajong first opened in 1926 and Old Parliament House in 1927 – both were designed by John Smith Murdoch providing a residence and a working place to Members of Parliament in the nation’s capital.”

Did you know that Chifley was the only Australian PM to qualify as a train driver? Or that he died whilst he was Leader of the Opposition? Guests are warned to expect engaging and, at times, rather entertaining commentary.

“History well and truly comes to life as we retrace the well-worn path that Ben Chifley walked during the 11 years he resided at Hotel Kurrajong, including the time he served as Prime Minister, and the route other parliamentarians have since followed during the 61 years Old Parliament House housed the Parliament,” Andrea said.

Available exclusively for guests of Hotel Kurrajong for a nominal $20 fee for adults and included as part of the hotel’s Chifley Experience package, the experience offers rare insight into the man behind the PM, and the institution that shaped the man he was. Chifley’s Walk runs every Monday to Sunday at 10am. Book via the hotel’s website. #chifleyswalk

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building in Parkes, Canberra. The Museum helps people to understand Australia’s social and political history by interpreting the past and present and exploring the future. They achieve this by:

• Bringing alive the importance of Parliament in the lives of Australians;
• Interpreting, conserving, and presenting the building and our collections;
• Providing entertaining and educational public programs; and
• Providing a range of other services that enhance the visitor experience.

ABOUT COLLECTION BY TFE HOTELS
The Collection represents beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. The Hotel Britomart embodies these concepts while remaining proudly a product of its unique location.

WHO ARE TFE HOTELS?
TFE Hotels (TOGA Far East Hotels) is Australia’s International Hotel Group – headquartered in Sydney and operating in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Singapore… and opening in Switzerland in 2023. TFE has a portfolio of seven hotel brands – A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and Collection by TFE Hotels which includes The Calile Hotel, The Hotel Britomart, Hotel Kurrajong and The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, with more in the development pipeline.

BRISBANE: Following the success of its inaugural charity event in support of Safe Haven Community in 2021, The Calile has announced it will partner with Reason to Thrive at a Gala Charity Dinner and Online Auction on Friday August 19th.

Despite the ever-evolving challenges surrounding live events mid-pandemic, the 2021 luncheon, attended by 150 local guests, raised over $169,000 in donations for Save Haven Community and delivered a stellar star-gazing opportunity with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barosso attending the event and actively supporting the cause.

In a continued commitment to community, The Calile Hotel has selected Brisbane-based charity Reason to Thrive as the partner and beneficiary for this year’s Gala, with all event proceeds and donations directly benefiting and providing crucial funding for their programs.

Reason to Thrive provides unique life skills and personal development programs to support at-risk children and women whose lives have been impacted by family and domestic violence. Through experiential equine-assisted learning (EAL) programs, the volunteer-led organisation helps participants rebuild, recover, and reconnect with themselves and learn leadership, self-awareness, and social-emotional skills, through a safe and respectful relationship experience with horses.

Julie Tom of Reason to Thrive says the partnership will make a big difference in helping fulfil the hopes of participants currently on the organisation’s waiting list,

“Thanks to the generous support of the Calile team, sponsors, and those joining us at the event, we’re all helping to give as many at-risk youth and women in our community the opportunity to build a brighter and more promising future for themselves and their families – something that each and every one of us has the right to achieve. On behalf of all future participants, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”

At the August 19th Gala, guests will be joined by hosts Wendy Harmer and Tim Davis for an evening of entertainment courtesy of Warner Music, rousing discussion and excellent food and libations from the likes of Sushi Room, SK Steak & Oyster, sAme sAme alongside Louis Roederer and Craggy Range.

The opportunity for giving on the night will be immense, and The Calile’s community have rallied, donating over $110,000 in prizes to the cause. The prize pool is generous in size and value from experience prizes, each worth over $3,000 and indulgence prizes over $1,000. Gala attendees on the night will also have access to exclusive live auction prizes called by award-winning real estate auctioneer Haesley Cush.

The Calile Gala Charity Luncheon tickets are available online.

SYDNEY: TFE Hotels will open a new Collection property – the first for the brand in Sydney – complete with rooftop infinity pool with sweeping city views, in the heart of Surry Hill’s boutique dining and shopping precinct in early 2024.

The 102-room boutique hotel will become the fifth to open under the Collection by TFE Hotels banner, following in the very successful footsteps of Brisbane’s The Calile Hotel and New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel – The Hotel Britomart.

TFE Hotels CEO, Antony Ritch said that as with all Collection hotels, guests can expect a distinct design-led hotel with bespoke service, and attention to the individual. The addition of curved brickwork, stone pathways, and the Cloister – an activated restaurant and bar space within the hotel – rounds out the guest experience.

“We are extremely proud to partner with TOGA Group who has been instrumental in transforming Surry Hills into one of the most sought-after lifestyle destinations,” he said.

“Surry Hills is home to one of the city’s premier restaurant, dining, and boutique precincts. This Collection property will become a destination in its own right.”

Ritch said this latest Collection hotel was one of several bespoke properties currently in development across the country.

“When we’re looking at Collection hotels, we are looking for partners with personal attachments to the property, and the passion to build a legacy for the community.”

Managing Director of TOGA Group and Chairman of TFE Hotels, Allan Vidor, said the Surry Hills Village development brought together the best of Surry Hills and Redfern into one stylish destination.

“This will be a curated precinct of sophisticated retail, a new bespoke hotel, stylish residences, a progressive workspace and contemporary event spaces,” he said.

Fink Group, owner and operators of some of Sydney leading restaurants including Quay, Bennelong, Firedoor, and Otto will sit at the centre of the dining destination with more great retailers to follow.

“Important to our vision is the legacy we create and leave for the communities in which we develop, and we see that Surry Hills Village will be a place that people can live, work, stay and visit for many years to come.”

The mixed-use development, which will span 1.2ha, will be supported by a new 517sq m public park and up to 12,000sq m of retail and commercial space. TOGA will also build a public pedestrian thoroughfare linking Marriott Street and Baptist Street.

For more information on Collection by TFE Hotels visit: https://collectionbytfehotels.com/

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TFE Hotels (Director of Communications)
+61 499 900 658 / [email protected] / https://www.tfehotels.com/en/about/media-lounge

MORE ABOUT THE HOTEL
Operator: TFE Hotels
Developer/Owner: TOGA Group
Interiors. SJB
Architects. SJB.

COLLECTION BY TFE HOTELS
Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

WHO ARE TFE HOTELS?
TFE Hotels (TOGA Far East Hotels) is Australia’s International Hotel Group – headquartered in Sydney and operating in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Singapore… and opening in Switzerland in 2023. TFE has a portfolio of seven hotel brands – A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and Collection by TFE Hotels which includes The Calile Hotel, The Hotel Britomart, Hotel Kurrajong and The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, with more in the development pipeline.

AUCKLAND: New Zealand’s only 5 Green Star hotel is preparing to welcome international guests for the very first time.

With New Zealand’s border re-opening to the world, The Hotel Britomart – which opened in October 2020 and has won a slew of awards since, including a place on Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Hot List of the world’s best new hotels as well as “good egg” by National Geographic Traveller Magazine. The hotel is excited to finally be able to showcase its unique offering to an international audience.

“Covid restrictions have meant we haven’t been able to welcome international guests until now,” says The Hotel Britomart General Manager, Clinton Farley. “In that time we’ve had phenomenal support from Auckland locals and New Zealand travellers, so it’s exciting to be able to share The Hotel Britomart experience and the delights of the Britomart neighbourhood with guests from other countries soon too.”

Since The Hotel Britomart opened, there have been significant developments in Auckland’s downtown waterfront area, with the reinvention of Quay Street as a pedestrian and cycle-friendly boulevard (the perfect place to put The Hotel Britomart’s complimentary-use bicycles through their paces) and the opening of Commercial Bay, a new development with more than 100 high-end stores and restaurants just a block from the hotel. Nearby, the city’s revamped ferry terminal allows easy connections with the globally renowned beaches, restaurants and vineyards of Waiheke Island and the many other attractions of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

To celebrate the return of international guests, The Hotel Britomart is offering a range of special packages and experiences:

Stay Green: Guests can book The Hotel Britomart’s Stay Green package and contribute to offsetting their carbon footprint. For every booking received, the hotel plants a native tree at its sister property, The Landing, in the Bay of Islands. The package includes an overnight stay and a leisurely lunch in kingi, The Hotel Britomart’s restaurant with a focus on sustainably sourced ingredients. Each booking also receives a gift (valued at $160) that celebrates the talents of local artisans such as pottery by Rachel Carter, 100 percent zero-waste blankets from Mavis and Osborn and much more.

The Landing Wines X The Hotel Britomart Dinner: Meet the winemaking team from The Landing Wines – produced at The Hotel Britomart’s sister property, The Landing – and enjoy an evening as you sample the 2021 vintage, paired with perfectly matched produce from The Hotel Britomart culinary team. The event takes place on the 9th June, bookings are essential.

Dine in kingi: Visit kingi, The Hotel Britomart’s restaurant, which was recently awarded two hats in the Cuisine Good Food Awards. Enjoy a two-course lunch celebrating locally sourced and caught seafood and learn about the fishermen and women and their sustainable fishing practices, while enjoying a glass of kingi’s house wine.

To book any of the above offerings please visit https://thehotelbritomart.com/celebrating-sustainability/ .

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About The Hotel Britomart  
Located in downtown waterfront Auckland’s Britomart precinct. The Hotel Britomart has 99 guest rooms and five luxurious Landing Suites that offer an oasis of calm in the centre of the city. Designed by Cheshire Architects, it is New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel, certified by the NZ Green Building Council. Find out more at thehotelbritomart.com.

About kingi
kingi (short for kingfish) is a restaurant that offers fresh, locally sourced food in thoughtful, approachable ways. Located just steps from The Hotel Britomart lobby on the ground floor of the heritage Masonic Building (which has been refurbished as part of The Hotel Britomart project), kingi introduces guests at the hotel to the city, and welcomes Aucklanders with an easy-going warmth that tells them it’s their place too. Open for everything from early-morning coffee to drinks, snacks, aperitifs, and fuller plates at night, kingi also offers The Hotel Britomart guests selected items as a room service menu throughout the day.

About Collection by TFE Hotels 
The Hotel Britomart is an affiliate of TFE Hotels under the Collection by TFE Hotels brand. The Collection by TFE Hotels represents beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design, customised service and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. The Hotel Britomart embodies these concepts while remaining proudly a product of its unique location.

kingi, the Britomart restaurant with a focus on sustainable seafood and the best fresh New Zealand produce, is celebrating the new year with a two-hat rating and the expansion of its expert culinary team.

Last night, kingi, at The Hotel Britomart was awarded Best Hotel Restaurant in New Zealand’s Cuisine Good Food Awards, as well as gaining a coveted two-hat rating with an overall score of 17/20.

“It’s great to have a high-quality seafood restaurant in the heart of old Auckland that walks the talk without compromise when it comes to sustainability and ethical fishing,” the award’s judges noted in their citation.

Co-founder Tom Hishon (centre) is now working with kingi’s new Chef de Cuisine, Uelese Mua (right), to deliver kingi’s unique all-day offerings. Tom continues to drive the creative direction and menu concepts for the restaurant, with Uelese executing that vision for the restaurant each day.

Uelese’s arrival coincides with the hiring of Andrew Lautenbach, the new Head Chef for The Hotel Britomart, part of the Collection by TFE Hotels, who is responsible for overseeing the hotel’s overall food offerings including The Libraries, the private function spaces in the heritage Masonic Building above kingi that are also part of The Hotel Britomart.

“Now that kingi is a year old, it’s really exciting that we’re able to expand the team and refresh our offerings,” says the restaurant’s co-founder, Tom Hishon. “As well as welcoming Andrew and Uelese on board and winning Best Hotel Restaurant in the Cuisine Good Food Awards, we have a new glass roof on our laneway dining space and fresh seating arrangements in the restaurant – all of which means we have great experiences to offer our guests in 2022.”

Andrew Lautenbach is originally from Hamilton and spent the early part of his career working in the French Alps before returning to Auckland, where he has worked at O’Connell Street Bistro and Hallertau in Riverhead. Classically trained in French cuisine, Andrew has developed his own personal cooking style focused on local and seasonal produce with an uncomplicated and fresh approach.

“I am looking forward to working with the team at The Hotel Britomart as we have the same goals and ethos regarding sustainability and a positive team environment. Creativity is important and working alongside Tom and Uelese at kingi will only make the brand stronger,” Andrew says.

Uelese brings a wealth of experience to his new role, including leadership at several high-end Auckland restaurants – including Euro and Soul – and a six-year stint in France in kitchens in Paris and Marseille. Uelese has Samoan heritage and enjoys bringing Pacific flavours to his cooking.

“I am thrilled to be working at kingi and being able to focus on cooking with sustainably caught fish – and honouring it by reducing food wastage and utilising the entire product,” Uelese says.

“We’re delighted about having Andrew’s experience and expert eye overseeing The Hotel Britomart’s culinary offerings, especially in The Libraries, our exceptional suite of private dining and private function spaces,” says Clinton Farley, General Manager of The Hotel Britomart. “With Andrew and Uelese joining the team, we are extremely excited about the continued evolution of our Food and Beverage offering in the year ahead.”

kingi is open seven days for all-day service including dinner, inviting guests to experience the best of local seafood and produce. Aperitivo Hour offers specialty drinks, wine and beers and flat breads from the woodfire oven, daily between 4-6pm. The spaces available for private functions in The Libraries include the Papuke Room, the Chef’s Library, the Wine Library and The Lounge.

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About The Hotel Britomart
Located in downtown waterfront Auckland’s Britomart precinct. The Hotel Britomart has 99 guest rooms and five luxurious Landing Suites that offer an oasis of calm in the centre of the city. Designed by Cheshire Architects, it is New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel, certified by the NZ Green Building Council. Find out more at thehotelbritomart.com.

About kingi
kingi (short for kingfish) is a restaurant that offers fresh, locally sourced food in thoughtful, approachable ways. Located just steps from The Hotel Britomart lobby on the ground floor of the heritage Masonic Building (which has been refurbished as part of The Hotel Britomart project), kingi introduces guests at the hotel to the city, and welcomes Aucklanders with an easy-going warmth that tells them it’s their place too. Open for everything from early-morning coffee to drinks, snacks, aperitifs, and fuller plates at night, kingi also offers The Hotel Britomart guests selected items as a room service menu throughout the day.

About Collection by TFE Hotels 
The Hotel Britomart is an affiliate of TFE Hotels under the Collection by TFE Hotels brand. The Collection by TFE Hotels represents beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design, customised service and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. The Hotel Britomart embodies these concepts while remaining proudly a product of its unique location.