Official inauguration of Sudima Auckland Airport
By Tulika - 29 Aug 12
August 9th, 2012 saw the official inauguration of Sudima
Auckland Airport by The Right Honourable John Key. The event was
attended by approximately 350 guests from various corporate and
tourism-related organisations as well as several politicians
including Dr. Pita Sharples.
The event started with a Powhiri undertaken by Manawhenua, Te Aki
tai, Ngati Te Ata, Te Ahiwaru, and Te Kawerau a Maki, and others of
the Hapu of Tainui. Mr. Key was then invited to unveil a plaque
commemorating the occasion and guests were welcomed into the hotel.
Guests were greeted by students from Aorere College dressed in the
traditional outfits of their heritage, showing a representation of
the diverse and multicultural nature of New Zealand society.
The group's Director of Operations, Les Morgan, spoke about the
success of the hotel thus far and the commitment to growing in the
future. He then requested Mr Key to present the first annual Sudima
Hotels New Zealand employee of the year award to Aiden Muggleton,
the Executive Housekeeper from Sudima Lake Rotorua. The CEO of the
group, Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala then spoke, thanking staff and guests
alike for their hard work. He invited the Chairman, Mr. L. N.
Jhunjhnuwala, and Director, Mr. Dinesh Jhunjhnuwala to present Mr.
Key with a cheque for $11,000 for the Christchurch Earthquake
Mr. Key then talked about the importance of tourism to the country
and his commitment to continue to grow the sector. He was presented
with a gift from Eru Thompson, a Kaumatua of Hapu Tanui to
commemorate his birthday, and was invited to cut a birthday
After the speeches, students from Aorere College's award-winning
Sweet 16 choir performed while guests mingled and enjoyed a drink
More photos from the
event can be seen here!