McDonald’s New Zealand founder dies

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McDonald’s New Zealand founder Hugh Morris died last Thursday after a long battle with ill health, the company announced today.

Mr Morris set up the company in New Zealand with the help of his brother Wally Morris as well as Gary Lloydd, Ray Stonelake and Lionel Whitehead.

On June 7 1976 the fast food chain opened its doors for the first time in New Zealand, with the country’s first ever Big Mac being served at McDonald’s Porirua.

The company now has 150 restaurants and more than 9000 employees around the country.

During his 20-year tenure, Hugh took a special interest in the training and development of McDonald’s employees nationwide, influencing many of the company’s current staff and franchisees until his retirement in the mid 90s.

He leaves behind his wife Meryl, three children, three stepchildren and many grandchildren.

His legacy also lives on through McDonald’s employment awards and scholarships in his name.

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