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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 Relief Fund.

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 cake.

After the speeches, students from Aorere College's award-winning Sweet 16 choir performed while guests mingled and enjoyed a drink and nibbles.

More photos from the event can be seen here!

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