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  • 20 Feb 2016 4:20 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ membership means you have access to a number of services that will assist you and your business.

    Legal & HR Helpdesk

    Exclusive help-desk for members, an initiative of HIANZ, and proudly supported by Madison Hardy Ltd & Employment Lawyers. Learn More>

    Health & Safety Systems

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    Stationery & Marketing

    Brainstorm Media are available to help you with printed stationery, design and marketing. Director, Ross Barnett works with many hire companies and supplier to the hire industry so you be assured he understands the industry and your business needs. Call Ross to discuss your needs - (09) 414 1924


    Call David Chow at ICIB Insurance Brokers to learn of the industry specific policy he has available for your business. Click here to view website.

  • 14 Feb 2016 1:18 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    A series of examination dates has been set for 2016. Companies who own EWP's and are considering putting staff through CBIP certification will find links to info here

  • 07 Feb 2016 6:44 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Christine Wehrman, CEO and executive vice president of the American Rental Association has announced her retirement from ARA to the board of directors after 15 years. Wehrman will continue in her position until her successor is named later in the year.

    “The board is very proud of the vast achievements provided to members and the industry during her service,” said Terry Turner, current ARA president and owner of All Occasions Party Rentals, Knoxville, Tenn. “Chris led ARA through the years of business consolidation, the 9/11 attacks, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the economic recession along with many critical industry and association issues. Her astute association management and leadership skill, along with her ability to work so well with volunteer leaders and staff members have really made a difference for members and the industry.”

    A feature article can be located in the Feb edition of the Rental Management Magazine

  • 02 Feb 2016 4:15 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ will release is next issue of the NZ Hire & Rental Magazine at the end of March this year. A focus being, Health & Safety, Advances & Innovation in Equipment, and information about the Conference and Trade Show being held in August. We need good news stories, and editorial content about our members, their business and products - so please contact HIANZ if you have something we can include. Industry suppliers are welcome to place adverts and editorial content, a rate card can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

  • 22 Jan 2016 4:14 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Fletcher Building Limited is acquiring the New Zealand road construction business Higgins Group Holdings Limited and other related assets, together with Higgins’ Fiji contracting company, for NZ$315 million.

    The companies have been partners in road construction projects for more than 25 years.

    Subject to consent from the Overseas Investment Office and the Commerce Commission, Fletcher Building is anticipating the deal will be concluding on June 30, 2016.

    It will acquire Higgins’ road construction and maintenance operations in New Zealand, including asphalt and bitumen plants as well as road construction and maintenance operations in Fiji.

    Read more.....
    Source - Dieseltalk

  • 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)


    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

  • 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

    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, 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 or contact Phil Tindle at the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand.

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