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  • 18 Nov 2015 12:19 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The EWPA have today advised industry that the REVOCATION of the Approved Code of Practice for Power-Operated Elevating Work Platforms is now complete.

    The ACOP was superseded by the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms in August 2014.

    It is important all of industry recognise this important change, and the existence of the Industry Best Practice Guidelines.  Please share this announcement when and where appropriate.

    A copy of the official notice of revocation can be viewedhere.  


  • 02 Oct 2015 9:30 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

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    The ACC Board is proposing levy reductions worth $450 million in 2016/17, spread across work, earners’ and motor vehicle levies.

    “The proposed reductions are coming from the Board’s new funding policy of each levied account targeting assets within a band of 100 and 110% of the account’s liabilities,” says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.

    The proposed reductions are $171 million to work levies, $61 million to earners’ levies and $218 million to motor vehicle levies.

    “The Government signalled a desire to remove residual levies at the same time as levies reduce, to offset increases to work levies paid by businesses in some industries,” says Kaye.

    “The combined effect of removing the residual levy and today’s proposed work levy reductions would see around 75% of businesses paying a lower work levy,” she says.

    “The levy could reduce by as much as one-third for some. Around 25 per cent of businesses would see their work levy increase, as a result of paying a fairer share of injury costs in their industry,” says Kaye.

    “There will also be a small reduction in the earners’ levy paid by all salary and wage earners, to fund out-of-work injury costs. Final levies will be confirmed after the consultation process,” she says.

    “Other issues that will be consulted on by ACC on my behalf include routine changes to classification units,” says Kaye.

    “These identify a business’s activity and are used to calculate work levies, and liable earnings limits used to calculate levies,” she says.

    “Levy consultation is an opportunity for New Zealanders to share their views about levies and any other aspect of the ACC scheme, and I encourage everyone to have their say,” says Kaye.

    See ACC’s levy consultation at Shapeyouracc.co.nz


  • 28 Aug 2015 5:12 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)


    The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its third reading at parliament yesterday. The Bill creates a new Health and Safety at Work Act, which will come into force on 4 April 2016.

    The Bill is the first significant reform of New Zealand’s health and safety laws in 20 years and addresses the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

    The new law will be supported by regulations that are being developed in time for April 2016. 

    WorkSafe New Zealand will provide information to businesses and workers of the changes before the law comes into force.

    Until the Act comes into effect in April 2016, the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force.

    Read the Government’s press release on the Beehive website

    For more information about the new law visit WorkSafe New Zealand’s website


  • 22 Jul 2015 11:02 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HONORARY MEMBERSHIP of the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc.) was a total surprise to Bruce Wallace on the evening of the Hire Excellence Awards Dinner, hosted Youngman Richardson & Co Ltd in Christchurch on 16 July.

    Presented by HIANZ President, Tim Mikkelsen who described Bruce and wife Diane as the Association's very own goodwill ambassadors. Mikkelsen overviewed Bruce’s 29-year involvement in Hire, and his significant contribution to the Industry and Association. 

    Bruce & Diane have recently sold Glenn Innes Hire to Kennard's Hire. We wish you a long and happy retirement together!


  • 10 Mar 2015 11:54 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Global Rental Alliance COUNTRIES REPRESENT
    $us 75.4 BILLION IN COMBINED RENTAL REVENUE

    March 9, 2015 (Moline, Ill.) – The 13th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held recently at The Rental Show 2015 in New Orleans, La.

    All GRA member associations were present, including: Brazilian Rental Association, (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); European Rental Association (ERA), Belgium; Hire Association Europe (HAE), U.K.; Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd. (HRIA), Australia; Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); and American Rental Association (ARA). Representatives included the association executives and volunteer leaders.

    Agenda items discussed during the full day meeting focused on advancing the business success of members of the individual associations and promoting the image of the equipment rental industry throughout the world. Current member priorities and member initiatives within the associations were shared, as were trends and industry developments. Topics addressed included technological trends in the industry and status of implementation in the associations, best practices in safety, regulatory issues, and the GRA International Rental Business Leadership Program administered by the ARA Foundation. A focus of discussion on membership trends and growth included the recruitment and involvement of young professionals within the associations, or the next generation of rental owners, with each association describing their focus on this segment of membership. 

    The agenda also included a review of the global survey initiative of the GRA, with release of a 2013 combined rental revenue figure among the GRA associations representing $US 75.4 Billion. This figure represents a 3.2% increase over 2012 rental revenues, as calculated by IHS Economics, one of the world’s most respected economic forecasting firms. Discussion was held among the associations on the economic forecast for their countries through 2015 and the level of rental penetration as they determine for their respective country. All associations are committed to increasing rental penetration on behalf of their membership through their respective program work. 

    The American Rental Association and the Canadian Rental Association provided the attendees with a preview of their respective associations. With a group objective to continuously learn about the industry worldwide, a guest presentation was received from the Japan Construction Rental Association, generating discussion and greater understanding of the diversity of our associations.

    Conference dates and schedules were reviewed and are available on the GRA website, www.GlobalRentalAlliance.com. A mid-year webinar meeting will be held in August 2015. The next Annual Meeting will be held at The Rental Show 2016 scheduled for February 21-24, in Atlanta, Ga. 


    The purpose of the Global Rental Alliance is to increase the profile of equipment rental worldwide and to build global understanding of the industry. It is a partnership of rental associations from around the world that meet semi-annually and share information on program initiatives throughout the year. The unity of this group has brought about an increased awareness of overall priorities internationally, adding to the strategic outlook and resources of each rental member association.


    About the Global Rental Alliance

    The Global Rental Alliance consists of seven independent equipment rental/hire trade associations that have joined together to increase the understanding and concept of equipment rental worldwide.  They are: The Brazilian Rental Association (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); European Rental Association (ERA); Hire Association Europe, U.K. (HAE); Hire and Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia (HRIA); Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); and American Rental Association (ARA). Each organization has as its members, businesses that rent equipment to the general public and suppliers or manufacturers that provide equipment or services to rental businesses. While rental inventories differ somewhat within each country, they essentially include equipment rented to the construction, homeowner, and special event/party industries.

    For more information about the Global Rental Alliance or the International Rental Business Leadership program reference the Alliance website at www.GlobalRentalAlliance.com or contact Phil Tindle at the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand.


  • 26 Jan 2015 3:14 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Conference 2015 will be held at the Chateau on the Park in Christchrurch on the 15th and 16th July.  

    Registrations open soon...

  • 30 Dec 2014 3:12 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    This initiative was developed and released to members at the Conference in
    September.

    Members may call and seek verbal advice or opinions from experts in company,commercial, employment or environmental law for up to 20-minutes at no cost.

    A fantastic support channel when you need that bit of advise, want to make sure you are on the right track, or need confirmation of interpretation for example...

    Conditions and instructions for the use of this members benefit can be found
    under members only on the Association website. http://hianz.net.nz/helpdesk


  • 22 Oct 2014 3:02 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Since the release of the EWP Best Practice Guidelines in August, there has been increased sale of logbooks which indicates the message is filtering through to companies and operators using EWP's. There are requirement to complete documentation when completing daily safety checks, logging faults, and reviewing servicing requirements of the EWPs.  

    Hire Companies have fitted logbooks to their equipment and are helping to educate their customers about the use of logbooks. 

    * Logbooks can be purchased online here.

    * Information about the logbooks, and frequently asked questions can be found on the EWPA website

    * Worksafe are busy visiting worksites to ensure compliance the the new Best Practice Guide, click here to download a copy of the Worksafe inspection sheet.

  • 03 Oct 2014 12:35 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The 2014 Hire Industry Conference & Trade Show had an attendance of 180 people, a mix of hire company owners, staff and equipment and service suppliers to the industry.  40 Hire Companies were represented, and the trade show comprised of 36 supplier companies. 

    The event kicked off with the Presidents Cup Challenge at Skyline Luge, this was an optional pre-conference event attended by delegates and suppliers.  A fantastic networking event, lots of laughs, thrills and spills.  Back at Hotel, suppliers were busy setting up their trade stands in anticipation of the next two days with hire company delegates.

    Day One
    A great day filled with awesome speakers, informative workshops, trade show and a superb evening sponsored by SkyJack.

    Day Two
    More workshops, fantastic tradeshow, and the Hire Excellence Awards Dinner sponsored by Youngman Richardson & Co Limited.

    Special thanks to all sponsors for your generous support. Feedback overall was fantastic, and everyone is looking forward to Conference 2015 in Christchurch!


  • 02 Sep 2014 2:45 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Global Rental Alliance Meets

    The Global Rental Alliance (GRA) held a mid-year meeting via webinar in mid-August with participation of all member associations. Representatives of the seven associations shared information on membership initiatives underway, touched upon key issues impacting their membership and addressed topics for further discussion at their 13th annual meeting to be held Feb. 26, 2015, at THE RENTAL SHOW in New Orleans.

    Consistent with their purpose to increase the profile of the industry worldwide and benefit their membership, the Global Rental Alliance representatives discussed common initiatives and program work unique to their respective associations. Australia and the United States will be participating in the International Business Leadership Program this fall, administered by the ARA Foundation. Members continue to share best practices that impact their members and maintain a focus on industry technology developments, industry research data and statistics, conference programs, communication/promotion and membership.

    The Global Rental Alliance is a partnership among seven independent rental/hire organizations throughout the world, including the Brazilian Rental Association (Associação De Locadoras), Canadian Rental Association, European Rental Association, Hire Association Europe (U.K.), Hire & Rental Industry Association (Australia), Hire Industry Association of New Zealand and American Rental Association.

    Further information regarding the purpose and activities of the Global Rental Alliance and the International Rental Business Leadership Program are available at www.GlobalRentalAlliance.com.


    About the Global Rental Alliance

    The Global Rental Alliance consists of seven independent equipment rental/hire trade associations that have joined together to increase the understanding and concept of equipment rental worldwide.  They are:  Brazilian Rental Association (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); European Rental Association (ERA); Hire Association Europe, U.K. (HAE); Hire and Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia (HRIA); Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); and American Rental Association (ARA).  Each organization has as its members, businesses that rent equipment to the general public and suppliers or manufacturers that provide equipment or services to rental businesses.  While inventories differ somewhat within each country, they essentially include equipment rented to the construction, homeowner, and special event/party industries.

    For more information about the Global Rental Alliance or the International Rental Business Leadership program reference the Alliance website at www.GlobalRentalAlliance.com or contact Ken Hughes.

    GRA Contact:
    Ken Hughes (ken.hughes@ararental.org)
    (800) 334-2177, Ext. 239; (309) 277-4239

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