Kennards Hire Dunedin Branch was awarded a prestigious HIANZ Gold Hire Excellence Award by the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand at their recent annual awards night.

Having only opening its doors in August 2020, the purpose-built 3,000sqm, Dunedin Branch has joined Kennards Hire’s previous two HIANZ gold wins in 2017 (Hamilton) and 2015 (Albany).

HIANZ is New Zealand’s peak body for the Hire and Rental Industry. Its annual awards provide a competitive platform for assessing, recognising, and rewarding excellence of hire companies that operate within the various industry sectors. Areas of interest for assessment include presentation of premises and staff, product and services, safety and compliance, marketing, customer service and adherence to industry standards.

HIANZ CEO Rodney Grant said, “It was obvious from the minute we arrived at the Dunedin Branch that this is a team who pride themselves on excellence.

“It’s an immaculate branch with well thought out floor and yard plan allowing for good flow and customer experience. From the presentation of the branch itself, to the way the team conducted themselves, this team very clearly live and breathe the culture of Kennards.”

The sentiment of a customer first approach from branch layout through to providing the best hire products and advice in the industry, is echoed by New Zealand General Manager, Tom Kimber.

“Seeing Dunedin go from opening last year to winning the HIANZ gold award this year is an incredible testament to the hard work and dedication of our great team. From the onset, the Dunedin team has gone above and beyond to build a positive and inclusive work culture, whilst living and promoting the Kennards Hire values.”

Kennards Hire entered the New Zealand market in 2012 with the acquisition of McEntee Hire. The award-winning Dunedin branch is the 27th store the family-owned equipment hire company has opened in New Zealand and caters to a diverse range of builders, DIYers and dedicated tradies.