Meet The Team - Mangapapa Hotel - Luxury Boutique Accommodation - Havelock North

Meet The Team


Head Chef – Norka Mella Munoz

The first female Head Chef of Mangapapa, Norka has worked at the hotel for over three and half years. Her wealth of experience from cooking all around the world in five star hotels brings a fantastic dining experience to Mangapapa. Originally from Chile, Norka moved to New Zealand fourteen years ago to create a home with her family. The style of Chef’s cooking reflects this with her fusion style, cuisine blending Chilean flavours and kiwi seasonal produce. She’s always happy to talk food and even demonstrate a few recipes!

Accommodation Manager – Emily Atkinson

Originally from the UK, Emily has worked at Mangapapa for over four years with a huge passion for the hotel and New Zealand tourism. Her background in business and service plus love of travel, lends itself well to her role of keeping the hotel running day-to-day and constantly seeking to maintain the hotel’s five star standards. Emily’s happy to advise on any plans you might have for a visit to Hawke’s Bay plus picking the perfect room at Mangapapa. Her love of New Zealand is something she loves to talk about too so be sure to quiz her!

Restaurant Supervisor – Andrew Campbell

Andy has been at working Mangapapa for nearly two years; bringing with him a great knowledge of New Zealand wine and huge passion for fine dining food and service, from working all over the world and all over New Zealand. If you can’t find Andy working away at the hotel,  you’ll probably catch him doing his other passions, fishing and golfing. Hawke’s Bay is the perfect place for this so be sure to ask him for tips!

Head Housekeeper – Lynda Nolan

Lynda is the fount of all knowledge when it comes to Mangapapa. Born in Hawke’s Bay and lived here most of her life, Lynda has been working at the hotel for over twelve years and she looks after all the team. Her passion for the hotel shines through in her impeccable kept guest rooms, and love for all things Mangapapa. If she’s not at the hotel, you’ll find her spending time with her family. Be sure to speak to Lynda if you want to know all about the history of the hotel.