Presidents Message


Tim Mikkelsen, HIANZ President

Greetings from the Kapiti Coast

Thanks to all who attended the conference in Hamilton and helped make it the success it was.  Mental health advocate and New Zealander of the year Mike King delivered a thought provoking and topical opening address.  His comedic, engaging and very kiwi style delivered a powerful message to a very attentive audience. Mike was allotted an hour but with our agreement he continued for another 30 minutes to finish his story, such was the level of engagement with us all.

Congratulations to all the award recipients of The Hire Excellence Awards.  You have not only been rewarded with the hard work and effort it takes to enter these awards but recognised as leaders in our industry in your pursuit of excellence. Well done.

Based on feed back the board has received and to spice things up little, conference 2020 will be in Queenstown July 29th – 30th.  Queenstown does not have the capability of a big equipment-based trade show so we will be working with our suppliers as to see how this will look.  Numbers will be limited and accommodation across 2 hotels so it will be on a first in first served basis.  Queenstown is a stunning location so I would advise to get the dates locked in your diary and look forward to seeing you down there.

I am not sure how many of you are using the Equipment Safety Data Sheets.  Feed back I have had from customers and staff has been excellent. Health and Safety is now just part of our working culture and environment.  The ability to provide these standardised information sheets is assisting us to fulfil our obligations to provide comprehensive and comprehendible instruction in the safe operation of the equipment being hired.  Not sure how your businesses are disseminating the ESDS’s to your customers, but most POS hire systems should have the ability to print run on sheets with the item being hired.  Check with your provider and see if this feature is available. I can speak from experience this is the way to go as it avoids the conscious decision having to be made to find the data sheet and give it to the customer. We now have 8 sheets in operation and are continuing with the roll out of further sheets. This is a member benefit at no cost to you. Please take advantage of them. More information and sign-up form can be found on the website under sectors > general hire.

The new look website is now fully operational, and you have the ability to log on, create team profiles and order stock online.  Under the recent posts tab, you will see that MBIE are consulting on proposed new regulations in the high-risk categories.  Of note to the HIANZ is working at heights, scaffolding and excavation work.  The proposed changes will impact on our industry and our responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  CEO Phil Tindle has attended the consultation the consultation meetings both in Auckland and Wellington.  Subject to Phil’s feedback, the board we will be putting a submission to MBIE on behalf of the association. There is also a link on our website for further information and reading.

Great progress continues to be made in the Party & Events sector, with Greg and Phil signing off on a member one-off evacuation scheme with the fire service, and changes to PS1 requirements.  Members will be sent specific info on these in due course.  New L1 and L2 training courses were run in Mt Maunganui in September with good numbers attending.  The new APEX programme sign-up forms will be distributed over the next couple of months, and again this is a member benefit we urge all in the events sector to get behind.

On behalf of the board I wish you and your families a very safe, relaxing and enjoyable festive season and your businesses a very busy one.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support of this great association and we look forward to being of service to you in 2020

Kind Regards

Tim Mikkelsen