Presidents colomn - Hire & Rental Magazine - April/May 2018

07 May 2018 2:00 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

Greetings from the Kapiti Coast

As we come to the end of a brilliant summer, I hope your businesses benefited with a flurry of activity the fine weather bestowed upon us. I anticipate another productive year and am pleased to provide you with an update of key events and initiatives being undertaken by the Association.

This year the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand celebrates its 40th anniversary. What better way to mark this significant milestone than by holding a Reunion to reconnect past and present members at this year’s 2018 conference. It will give us all the opportunity to meet up with some founding members and associates that have been part of the hire industry over the past 40 years.

Conference is shaping up to be a wonderful event. Guest speakers include Gilbert Enoka (All Blacks Manager) and Sir Graham Henry – no introduction needed there. We have invited members from the Global Rental Alliance, and along with our loyal Australian supporters we are confident of a respectable international contingent. Supplier interest is very strong this year with trade display booths almost fully booked.

We have a dedicated website for conference 2018 which can be accessed through the HIANZ website. Here you will find all the information you need to complete your registration and book accommodation. Check it out – www.hireconference.nz

The HIANZ board have invested an enormous amount of time and energy into the strategic direction of the Association. Amongst other initiatives we are constantly looking at ways to increase membership, member benefits and grow a financially robust portfolio.

Now in our 40th year it is equally important to reflect and appreciate the commitment and hard work of those who have contribute to the success of the Association, and subsequently the Hire Industry as a whole. That is why as part of conference 2018 we are encouraging past members of HIANZ to register for all or part of the conference. Past members and delegates are invited to register for a reunion luncheon being held on the 4th July at Conference. This will be an occasion for those involved to catch up with old friends, acknowledge the past and look the future of our industry. If you are interested in attending the luncheon or are still in contact with past members who would like to attend, please go to the conference website and register.

Membership diversity and growth is always a focus of the board, who have recently worked alongside the NZFIA (New Zealand Forklift Industry Association) to forge an alliance so we can better represent and support the businesses within this industry sector. The involvement of the NZFIA will increase the collective voice of the industry, further standardise industry best practices and bring efficiencies to both organisations in respect of HR and administrative resources.

Other key initiatives currently undertaken include a planned upgrade to the HIANZ website, development of “Instruction for Use library” and intentions to lobby for change to the Personal Properties Securities Act to replicate what was achieved recently in Australia. We look forward to updating members with progress and a presentation highlighting our work will also be made at the AGM during conference.

I am looking forward to catching up with as many of you as possible in July!

Kind regards,

Tim Mikkelsen


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