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  • 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 ( 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 -
  • 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.
  • 09 Jul 2013 12:39 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking input and feedback regarding the proposed 'Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Use of Machinery'.

    When completed, the Guideline will:

    Outline MBIE’s expectations for best practice for safe use of machinery

    Include best practice health and safety guidance for safe use of machinery to duty   holders

    Update MBIE’s existing guidance around safe use of machinery

    Make accessible the principles of machine guarding as outlined in 'AS4024: Safety of     Machinery (series)'

    Ensure that the material provided around this issue is current and consistent with other related New Zealand and overseas guidance.

    Information is detailed on the MBIE website - click here

    The deadline for submissions for the proposed 'Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Use of Machinery' is Friday, 26th July 2013.
  • 26 Jun 2013 3:56 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ welcomes SULCO Ltd. as a new Supplier to the Hire Industry, offering a wide array of products suitable for members. Sulco Ltd. has been operating as a family owned business since 1971 & is headed by Ed Higgins (Governing Director) employing 75 staff.

    Sulco will enable members access to the following key products at competitive prices. A guide to the products stocked by Sulco as follows.  

    ·    Champion Log Splitters, Champion Pressure Washers, generators and inverter generators. Petrol engines. Water pumps.  

    ·    SDS/Powerchief Diesel powered generators {from 3.5 to 75KVA ex stock}. Lighting towers.

    ·    Petrol or Electric powered air Compressors - Fiac (made in Italy) screw type air compressors; 3 phase compressors; 12v & 24v portable compressors; Oil free air compressors. Wide range of models. Including new 3HP Rotary screw machine single phase quiet operation. Also silenced 3 phase air compressors.  

    ·    Radiation Heaters diesel powered infra red.

    ·    Automotive Service Equipment – Brake lathes for cars & trucks,  air Jacks, Bottle Jacks,  Vehicle lifts for cars and trucks. Floor Cranes, Garage jacks,  Transmission jacks. Clutch handlers. Battery Chargers, Battery Testers, Booster starting packs,  Compression Testers, Brake testers. Wheel aligners. Tyre changers and balancers. Plus a huge range automotive tools. Bore scopes. Scan tools. Axle stands. Oil drainers. Chemicals and lubricants. Work lights Etc.

    ·    General Workshop equipment – Bench Grinders, Drill Presses, Air impact wrenches / grinder/ drills etc. Creepers. Tool boxes. Hydraulic repair kits . Hydraulic Pumps and rams. Hydraulic presses. Forged steel vices. Magnetic base broaching machines / core drills/ Bevelling machines and accessories.  

    ·    Hand tools etc ....Huge range . Tool kits. Impact sockets. Torque wrenches, Large spanners for construction and engineering etc. Pipe working tools and machines.

    ·    Tools for all trades including builders, plumbers electrical . Holiday detectors. etc. Non sparking tools.

    Sulco specialises in presenting high quality products at competitive rates ex their warehouse in Manukau.  Check them out
  • 24 Jun 2013 10:21 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking input and feedback regarding the proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.

    When completed, the Guidelines will:

    * replace the outdated 1995 Approved Code of Practice for Power-operated Elevating Work Platforms.

    * include health and safety guidance for members of the mobile elevating work platform industry; and

    * ensure that the guidance material provided around this issue is consistent with related New Zealand documents.

    The deadline for submissions for the proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms is Friday, 26th July 2013.

    Hire Industry Association members:

    It is imperative that all stakeholders take an interest in this draft document, this will become the 'single most referenced' document by all industries involved with EWP. These guidelines could be in place for many years before they are revised or updated. We must do our best to ensure it suits industry. 

    We appreciate you are all busy people, and that only parts of the document may be of interest depending on your position within the EWP industry. All and any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    The Draft Document and Response Form can be accessed from the link below.

    HIANZ members can send their response forms to HIANZ, or send directly to MBIE. Please complete the Response Form and return it by email to either: 

    Phil Tindle, General Manager, HIANZ - email:
    Jeena Murphy, Senior Advisor, MBIE - email:

    Only written feedback on the Response Form will be considered. Responses are due by 5pm on Friday 26th July 2013.

  • 27 May 2013 11:57 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    Scaffolding , Access & Rigging NZ are calling for expressions of interest from stakeholders who wish to participate in a review of the Best Practice Guidelines.  All nominations received will be considered for a position on the review committee.

    They are also calling for submissions for changes to the Best Practice Guide.

    Further details or enquiry:

    Scaffolding , Access & Rigging NZ  
    P O Box 31067 
    Lower Hutt 5040

    Ph: 04 5898081
  • 16 Apr 2013 10:17 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Hire Association held Regional meetings throughout New Zealand between the dates of 9th and 11th of April. All meetings were very well subscribed with over 60 in Auckland, 35 in Palmerston North and almost 50 in Christchurch the format of these meetings included Guest speakers, Industry Supplier demonstrations, updates from the Association, fantastic networking opportunities including dinner.

    Special thanks to Mike Roberts and his team at Karcher, and Iain and his team at Solo NZ for presenting at all three meetings as well as providing great giveaways! It is great to have the support of our Industry suppliers at these meetings.

    The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment presented information on the latest initiative in reducing falls from height. Fantastic fact sheets are available to support businesses and staff.

    Other guest speakers included: Gerald Delaney from Advantage Business who spoke on Succession Planning, Ian McQuay from AIG who spoke with regard to ACC for the self employed, Christine Gooding from Shannon Digital Christchurch presenting the concept and possibilities of Social Media for those in the Hire Industry. All speakers were well received and interesting and we look forward to seeing some of these speakers again at Conference 2013, where they will run full workshops. Contact details and copy of presentation can be found in the members only area of the HIANZ website.

    It was also fantastic to see lots of new Members who have recently joined the Association, as well as some potential members. General updates included the progress that has been made with the Marquee Best Practice document and Marquee Training Program, website improvements, communications, working group forums, Hire Excellence, an update on Conference 2013 in Taupo and the opportunities for Members.

    The turnout for all meetings was brilliant, thank you to all for taking time out to attend.

    A couple of parting comments:

    * Please consider entering your companies in the Hire Excellence Awards
    * Please note diaries and block out 10-12 Sept for the Hire Association Conference
    * Please take a moment to sign in and update your profiles –
    * If you did not attend the regional meetings, please consider next time.

    Many thanks,

    Tim Mikkelsen | PRESIDENT

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