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.