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  • 16 Jun 2014 2:05 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is inviting you to have your say on a discussion document outlining proposals for new health and safety regulations.

    The discussion document– Developing regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act – has just been released and is part of the Government's Working Safer package of reforms, which aims to reduce New Zealand's workplace serious injury and death toll by 25 per cent by 2020.

    The proposals for regulations have been developed to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act to be created by the passage of the Health and Safety Reform Bill.  If passed, the new Act will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and overhaul New Zealand's health and safety system.

    The regulations will play an important part in ensuring the new health and safety regime is practical for all workplaces as well as robust. This is why we need your feedback.

    The discussion document outlines proposals for the first phase of regulations. The document covers five key areas:

    ·         General risk and workplace management

    ·         Worker participation, engagement and representation

    ·         Work involving asbestos

    ·         Work involving hazardous substances; and

    ·         Major hazard facilities.

    Have your say

    Submissions are now open on the discussion document. Find more information on the proposed regulations and the submission process here. The submission period closes on Friday 18 July 2014.

  • 04 Jun 2014 11:45 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Hire Industry Association received information in February from Insurance Industry Consultant, who advised that “The practice of charging hirers additional fees to reduce insurance excesses or provide damage waiver cover is illegal unless you are a licenced insurer, who must comply with the ‘insurance prudential supervision Act 2010 (IPSA)’ and 2013 amendments

    The HIANZ board of directors met with the consultant, to gain a better understanding of this potential issue, in order to provide clarity and advice to the membership.

    The HIANZ board of directors reviewed all information available to them, and at that time issued a press release to members recommending that, “all companies providing damage waiver cover, or excess reduction options, should cease this activity immediately, or at least seek their own legal advice on this matter.”

    Following the press release, HIANZ conducted a survey of the membership to identify the number of member companies potentially affected by this legislation.  The survey results were collated and used by HIANZ to seek a relevant legal opinion. 

    A full copy of this release and legal opinion is available to download from the member’s only area of the HIANZ website. HIANZ strongly recommends that any member company that considers charging or including damage waiver, reads this report and seeks advice from their respective legal advisors. 
  • 30 May 2014 2:46 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    This press release talks about the introduction of EWP logbooks here in New Zealand. It also reminds owners and operators about importance of pre-hire inspections, operator daily checks, and the need for operators to be familiar with the type of EWP they are using. 

    PRESS RELEASE - Phasing in of MEWP Logbooks.pdf


    A timely reminder to those hiring EWP's:

    1. All staff involved in operating, delivery, customer inductions/ handovers MUST be trained and deemed competent. 
    2. Pre-hire inspections MUST be carried out between hires.
    3. Routine maintenance inspections must be carried out by the owner of EWP's that are on long term hire, at inspection intervals of no greater than 1-month.
    4. Operator daily check sheets must be made available with the EWP.
    5. Six monthly certificates MUST be current, or EWP should not be operated.

    *Information sheets that highlight how logbooks are used will be made available to members in the coming week. 

    Purchase of Logbooks, Pouches and Summary Cards

    HIANZ has a re-seller agreement with the EWPA and can therefore provide Logbooks and associated stationery at members rates via the online shop.
    www.hianz.net.nz/Shop_Online

  • 03 May 2014 1:42 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ general manager Phil Tindle and president Tim Mikkelsen, recently attended the HRIA convention held on the Gold Coast 29 April thru 02 May. A number of HIANZ members also were also in attendance.

    The conference was a well organised industry event. The Gold Coast convention centre is the perfect location for the conference that included a large trade show and a new outdoor expo on the north lawn of the Gold Coast convention centre.

    Keynote speaks were relevant and diverse. Six seminars were held throughout the event including topics such as the future of hire software, social media, party & events, HR and EWP/ telehandlers.

    Of particular interest to HIANZ was the HRNet support service that is free of charge to members as part of their annual membership. HRIA Members have access to legal advisors specialising in employment law, conflict resolution. A similar scheme will be considered by the HIANZ board at their next meeting.

    International guest speakers included, Don Ahern (owner of Ahern Rentals ) who now holds the majority shareholding of Snorkel International, and current American Rental Association board chairman Mike Blaisdell.

    Special thanks to Phil and the HRIA team for making the Kiwi's so welcome! Another great event HIRE industry event.




  • 27 Apr 2014 11:13 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ regionals were held throughout the country from 8 - 10 April.  Auckland and Christchurch had 55 attendee's at each meeting, lots of existing and new members from hire companies and industry suppliers. Unfortunately, Palmerston North turnout was very low. 

    The events had a new format that has increased the opportunities to network and make the most of attendees time. HIANZ general manager, and board members were on hand to make certain new members were looked after and introduced, and that all members had the chance to ask questions and provide feedback to the Association.

    The evenings included a lovely meal and a few refreshments, some suppliers displayed their equipment and banners.  Supplier presentations this year were made by new member Andrew Whitehead from Watch My Gear, and Craig Johnston from Parkland Products.  Feedback received from a new supplier member "as a new startup we couldn't have asked for anything better as a first launch into the Hire and Lease industry in New Zealand".  Special thanks to all the suppliers who put up great giveaways. 

    Such a great round of meetings, great feedback, and fantastic to see so many new people getting involved.  Thanks to our hosts this year, Karcher NZ (Mike and his awesome team), Party Up Limited (Richard and Michelle Mikkelsen), YRCO in Christchurch (Dale Lilley & team). We are very fortunate to have the support of hire companies themselves who make available to HIANZ the use of marquee, furniture, board rooms and list goes on. Special thanks to Antony and his team at Carlton Party Hire for the sterling job in Auckland, and Continental Events for help in the South Island.

    Moving forward, HIANZ will continue with the Auckland and Christchurch meetings, however there will be a change to what is undertaken in the mid to lower North Island due to distances between centres/ concentration of hire companies in various areas. 

    This may mean two or three smaller dinners held in strategic locations and will increase the associations reach throughout this area.

    End.

  • 06 Apr 2014 9:03 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The new adult minimum wage rates (before tax) that apply to employees aged 16 or over will be:

    $14.25 per hour, which is
    $114.00 for an 8-hour day,
    $570.00 for a 40-hour week.

    The Starting-out wage  rates and the training minimum wage rates (before tax) will increase to:

    $11.40 an hour, which is
    $91.20 for an 8-hour day or
    $456.00 for a 40-hour week.

    The Starting-out wage  applies to:

    ·         16- and 17-year-olds in their first six months of work with a new employer (or until they are training or supervising others)
     

    ·         18- and 19-year-olds who have been paid a benefit for six months or longer, and who have not completed six months of continuous work with any employer since starting on benefit (or until they are training or supervising others)
     

    ·         16- to 19-year-old workers in a recognised industry training course involving at least 40 credits a year.

    The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over who are doing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits a year as part of their employment agreement, in order to become qualified.

    For more information on minimum wage rates, go to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's website (http://dol.govt.nz/er/pay/minimumwage/) or call 0800 20 90 20.
  • 13 Feb 2014 10:10 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ members can now view a list of cool APPS that have will increase your productivity at work and home...
    Check them out in the members only area under: Toolbox > Tools & Templates. Or click this link -http://www.hianz.net.nz/Default.aspx?pageId=1419274
  • 15 Nov 2013 11:12 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    In order to provide relevant courses to industry, HIANZ needs to understand the current & future training requirements.  Please take a moment to complete a 2 minute survey. Click here.

    Feedback will enable HIANZ to schedule courses based on interest & demand. 
  • 29 Oct 2013 4:40 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)


    ICIB's have WON the 2013 Small/Medium Broking Company of the Year!

    Award winners were announced and presented at the New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards night on Thursday 24 October 2013 at Skycity, Auckland by a panel of 11 industry expertsundefinedall leaders in their field.

    Winning this award for two consecutive years highlights the consistent approach and ongoing recognition of the high level of service and expertise that ICIB provides to their clients and the industry.

    Awesome stuff!
  • 12 Sep 2013 9:01 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    This year saw the beginning of a new awards format, whereby participating companies are no longer competing against one another, instead they are each assessed against a set of criteria to determine their level of operational excellence.

    Judging included onsite visits and mystery shopper. Areas of focus were presentation of premises & staff, security, product and services, plant & equipment, marketing, customer service, adherence to industry best practices, H&SE, compliance and overall operational efficiencies.

    Congratulations to Pacific Linen Ltd & Telelift NZ Ltd who both received Bronze Awards, and Continental Event Hire & Horowhenua Hire Ltd who received Silver Awards.
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