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  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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 or contact Ken Hughes.

    GRA Contact:
    Ken Hughes (
    (800) 334-2177, Ext. 239; (309) 277-4239

  • 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.

  • 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.


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