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  • 12 Oct 2012 12:34 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment -- Labour has developed six factsheets to be used with the Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand published in April this year. The factsheets form part of the Working Safely at Height Toolkit that has been very well received by members of the construction sector and key stakeholders.

    The factsheets cover the following topics, Planning a safe approach to working at heightSelecting the right equipment for working safely at heightShort duration work at heightEdge protectionTemporary work platformsTotal Restraint System.

    All of these factsheets can of course be found on the DoL website, OR the members area of the HIANZ website. This information will assist in keeping hire companies up to date, and will also compliment the service provided to customers.

  • 01 Oct 2012 7:44 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    A week has gone by since HIANZ members were in Queenstown at their Industry Conference & Trade Day – what a truly magnificent event!

    The level of feedback from delegates and exhibitors is overwhelmingly positive! The awesome destination and great weather coupled with the networking opportunities, camaraderie, activities and exhibitions made the conference a real success. The first day of conference included a number of updates on key projects, open discussion on Hire Excellence Awards, ‘Never say never’ – a well received presentation from board member Tom Kimber, report from board member Andrew Messent relating to changes to DG rules for the transportation of Diesel and a brief outline on safety belt compliance. The day also included, a presentation from ...... read more 
  • 28 Sep 2012 1:33 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety wants to hear from you!

    The Taskforce has released a consultation document outlining what it sees are the key issues impacting on our ability to create safer workplaces and is seeking submissions from anyone with an interest in improving workplace health and safety.

    To make a submission simply go to and follow the prompts.  You are able to make your submission online or you can send a written submission directly to the Taskforce.

    Submissions close Friday November 16th 2012.

  • 06 Sep 2012 7:54 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    Check out Westpac's all new "Managing Your Money" workshop series available now that includes interactive sessions on Business Basics, Cash Flow Basics, Managing Growth, and Managing Your Money which is more aimed at managing personal money and budgeting, and run by our Bank Managers.

    The business sessions are run by their experienced and 'local' Business Bank Area Managers who have a wealth of knowledge to share.  Check it out!

    Details and links can be found in the members only area > toolbox > westpac members benefits ...
  • 27 Aug 2012 3:23 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    A mid-year meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held last week involving representatives from equipment rental/hire trade associations around the world. Consistent with the purpose of the Global Rental Alliance undefined to increase the profile of equipment rental worldwide and build global understanding undefined the organizations met by teleconference to discuss the market outlook and business issues influencing the industry, policy initiatives impacting the rental environment and ways to support their members and promote the rental concept throughout the world.

    Progress was highlighted on common initiatives of the associations, including industry research, marketing and promotion of the equipment rental industry and member services. The Global Rental Alliance International Business Leadership Program, administered by the ARA Foundation, was highlighted.

    The Alliance will hold its 11th annual in-person meeting at The Rental Show in Las Vegas in early February.

    The Global Rental Alliance is a partnership among seven independent rental/hire organizations throughout the world, including the Associação De Locadoras (Brazilian Rental Association), 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

  • 31 Jul 2012 1:26 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    As of July 1 the newly named Labour Group released two new online documents to support their proactive enforcement of safe working at height.

    The first provides brief advice on one page and is aimed at contractors, clients, principals, home owners and landlords about contractors requirements to ensure the right safety steps are in place before the work starts. The information sheet is dual purposed.

    a. Where the Labour Group has agreement with local authorities, it is being included in the residential building consent information packs.

    b. Individual duty holders can use the information sheet to support their quotes to clients.

    Click to view

    The second is a factsheet outlining the proactive enforcement approach to preventing falls from height.

    Click to view 
  • 01 Jun 2012 2:10 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc.) extends a very warm welcome to all members, industry suppliers and international guests.  Join myself, the HIANZ board and industry colleagues for two days of learning, networking, fun and adventure during our   unique and action packed conference set in the stunning location of Queenstown.

    This two day event consists of industry related business sessions, interactive workshops, supplier presentations and displays.

    I have no doubt that the conference will provide everyone with something to take away and implement in their respective businesses.

    The Southern Challenge, follows on from the concept introduced last year in Wellington which proved very beneficial to both hire company delegates and suppliers - it was very satisfying to see so many people relaxed and enjoying being part of our unique industry.

    As an ongoing commitment to our Party and Event members, an exclusive networking function with local guests who specialize in events will be held on the Wednesday evening and a group meeting on Thursday at the Southern Challenge.

    Queenstown offers a raft of activities and sightseeing options, why not bring the family and extend your stay? A partners programme has been included this year, as well as a number of discounted activities for those looking to experience the adventure capital of New Zealand.

    On behalf of the board and our industry suppliers we look forward to hosting you and your partners at this year’s Conference.

    So here is the challenge - get yourself registered, get to Queenstown, and leave the rest to us! We will whisk you away to a venue full of brilliant activities that will bring all delegates and suppliers together around product, information sharing, and of course the southern challenge!  Don't miss it..

    I look forward to seeing you all there.

    Tim Mikkelsen
    HIANZ (Inc.)

  • 29 Feb 2012 2:21 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    To make our roads safer, two of the give way rules are changing. These changes come into effect at 5am on Sunday 25 March 2012. Until then the current give-way rules apply.

    These changes will affect all drivers, riders, pedestrians and cyclists. Make sure you know the new rules so you’ll know what to do.

    More information and other resources, such as an online quiz, a video that gives a birds-eye and drivers view of the changes and leaflets in a variety of languages, can be found on

  • 16 Feb 2012 11:06 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    ALEC - Brazilian Rental Association Accepted Into Membership

    February 12, 2012 (Moline, Ill.) undefined During their 10th annual meeting held last week in New Orleans at The Rental Show 2012, the Global Rental Alliance approved Alliance membership of the Associação De Locadoras (ALEC), the Brazilian Rental Association based in São Paulo, Brazil.  ALEC was represented at the meeting by its president, Marco Aurélio da Cunha, managing director of Sao Paulo Locadora de Máquinas e Equipamentos, a general equipment rental company with operations in São Paulo, Curitiba and Praia Grande.  Mr. Aurélio da Cunha has been active in the Brazilian rental industry for 23 years and recently began his two-year tenure as president of the 20-year old association. 

    ARA Rental Market Metrics™ was presented at the meeting by John McClelland, ARA Vice President, who addressed the opportunity for worldwide adoption of the performance measures.  These metrics are consistent with the objectives of the Global Rental Alliance to provide the opportunity for development of benchmark data among their member rental companies.  Member organizations present recognized that implementation of ARA Rental Market Metrics™ by software providers is essential to implementation of the initiative.

    The equipment rental economic outlook, technological trends within the industry, safety and regulatory matters, and the GRA International Rental Business Leadership Program, administered by the ARA Foundation, were among the key issues addressed at the meeting.  

    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 association within the Alliance.

    All of the Global Rental Alliance members were represented at the meeting, as follows:

    ·        European Rental Association (ERA) represented by Michel Petitjean, secretary general.

    ·        Hire Association Europe (HAE), represented by Stephen Dorricott, chairman; Kevin McGuinness, president; Graham Arundell, managing director; and Terry Douris, past president.

    ·        Hire Association of New Zealand (HIANZ), represented by Bruce Wallace of GI Hire in Pakuranga, Auckland, NZ, on behalf of Phil Tindle, General Manager.

    ·        Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia (HRIA), represented by Peter Lancken, GRA representative; and Phil Newby, chief executive officer.

    ·        Canadian Rental Association (CRA), represented by Ed Dwyer, president; and Jeff Campbell, senior vice president.

    ·        American Rental Association (ARA), represented by Ted Cook, chairman of the board; Chris Wehrman, chief executive officer; and Kathy Nicoletto, Global Rental Alliance liaison and special assistant to the CEO.

    Representatives of the Alliance joined ARA in welcoming international guests to the International Reception held in their honor at The Rental Show. They were among attendees from over 40 countries throughout the world who traveled to New Orleans to attend the Show.  ARA thanks the reception sponsors, Ditch Witch, Doosan Portable Power, EDCO – Equipment Development Co. and Rental Management magazine, for their support.

    Pictured (L-R):

    Bruce Wallace, HIANZ representative; Ed Dwyer, CRA president; Graham Arundell, HAE managing director; Chris Wehrman, ARA CEO; Phil Newby, HRIA CEO; and Michel Petitjean, ERA secretary general.

    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 rental worldwide. They are: the Hire Association Europe, U.K. (HAE), Hire and Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia (HRIA); Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Associação De Locadoras (ALEC), Brazil; Canadian Rental Association (CRA); European Rental Association (ERA); and American Rental Association (ARA). Each organization has as its members, businesses that rent equipment to the general public and suppliers that manufacture equipment that is a part of the member business rental inventory. 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 Exchange Program, reference the Alliance website at or contact Kathy Nicoletto. 


    Kathy Nicoletto, American Rental Association, Global Rental Alliance liaison and special assistant to the CEO (; 800-334-2177 or 309-764-2475, ext. 265).

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  • 14 Feb 2012 9:40 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The 2012 National HRIA Convention will be held from 1st to 4th May 2012 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for 2012 is "Navigating the Future".
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