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  • 20 Dec 2017 4:18 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ (Hire Industry Association of New Zealand) has appointed Youngman Richardson & Co Ltd as its principal sponsor for the next three years. “Youngman Richardson has a long history with the association spanning four decades, so with support from Genie it is exciting to have them continue as our major supporter,” says HIANZ Chief Executive Phil Tindle. “Given the fact we will be celebrating 40 years as an association in 2018 it is entirely appropriate that as a founding member they will be at the forefront of many of the activities planned during the next 12 months.”

     “Youngman Richardson & Co Ltd are equally delighted to remain involved with HIANZ,” says General Manager, Ed Richardson. “It is particularly important for Youngman Richardson & Co Ltd because being Principal Sponsor of the association has assisted us for many years in maintaining a high profile with the membership,” says Ed.”

    According to Phil Tindle, the highlight of the year is the Annual Conference which brings members together and involves an extensive programme of workshops, trade shows, presentations and networking opportunities. This culminates in a well attended Youngman Richardson sponsored Hire Excellence Awards Black Tie Dinner on the final evening.

    “It has been a real privilege to work with Ed and his team over the past 12 years,” says Phil Tindle. “Youngman Richardson & Co Limited has grown considerably during that time, as has the Hire Industry and the mutual successes are the result of the way we all work together to stimulate, grow and enhance this dynamic industry sector,” he said. 

  • 04 Sep 2017 2:22 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Global Rental Alliance Meets

    August 11, 2017 – The Global Rental Alliance (GRA), made up of seven peer equipment rental associations from throughout the world, held their mid-year meeting via webinar in early-August with participation by association executive staff.

    Consistent with their purpose to increase the profile of the industry worldwide and benefit their individual membership, the group discussed approaches to GRA membership expansion, data standardization, rental careers, safety, technology and diversity within the industry for both rental businesses, and with manufacturers. Membership engagement is central to the associations and each is striving to include young professionals in leadership initiatives.

    The GRA International Business Leadership Program administered by the ARA Foundation is a key aspect of the GRA program for young professionals. This fall, an Australian rental representative will travel to the United States to participate in this program. This leadership program continues to build awareness of the importance of equipment rental worldwide and the value of networking on a global level.  A U.S. representative traveled to Australia in May for a similar opportunity.

    Representatives identified topics for further roundtable discussion at their 16th annual meeting to be held February 22, 2018 at The Rental Show in New Orleans.    

    The countries shared information regarding their annual conferences, focusing on education/training, new equipment and networking events.

    Further information regarding the purpose and activities of the Global Rental Alliance and the International Rental Business Leadership Program is available at

  • 12 Aug 2017 6:56 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Mike O'Neill was awarded Life Membership of the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand, at the Hire Excellence Awards held in Blenheim on the 25th July 2017. 
    Mike formerly owned and operated Cambridge Hire. Mike began his commitment to the HIANZ board in 1998 as Zone 2 director. His tenure spanned 11 years until 2009. Mike was instrumental at the time the Association moved from volunteer zone committees to the recruitment of a full time CEO.

    Giving freely of his time and with the well-being of the association always front of mind, he, along with the help of a business colleague, ran the financial affairs of the association after losing three CEO’s in a very short space of time. Thanks to his commitment, dedication and optimism, he was a prime mover in assuring the association remained operational and financially viable during those tough times.

    "He gave so much time and energy to the association and worked hard to stimulate our industry at every opportunity. All of this while still managing his own hire company in Cambridge", said HIANZ Past President, Wayne Hood.

    "Mike's optimism, passion and commitment to the industry over the years has simply been infectious, and it is little wonder that he is held in such high regard amongst our industry peers. Mike has been the “go to” man for industry knowledge and foresight for many years now. I must also acknowledge the support of Mike's wife, Carol. As we all know, it is the support and understanding of those close to us that help people achieve great things", said HIANZ President, Tim Mikkelsen.

  • 04 Aug 2017 2:23 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The 2017 Conference had a total of 270 people in attendance consisting of hire company owners, managers and staff, as well

    as equipment and service suppliers to the industry.  125 buyers represented the 44 hire companies in attendance, and
    the trade show comprised of 57 exhibitor companies displaying a good range of product and equipment. 

    A pre-conference Marlborough Sounds Cruise attracted 65 attendee's which brought delegates and suppliers together for a wonderful afternoon of spectacular sightseeing, seafood and wine tasting.  

    Read more here >>

  • 18 Jul 2017 8:26 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    One of New Zealand’s best kept secrets is out. HIANZ are proud to announce the launch of a dedicated website to promote careers in the Hire Industry. Almost no other industry can offer the diversity of options from sales and customer service, through mechanical trades and logistics and onto helping create some of the biggest events in the country.

    The website will act as a hub and includes a series of video interviews to promote different roles that exist in this great industry and how people can navigate their way through careers paths into various positions.  

    Getting people interested in joining the Hire Industry is the key objective. The “Careers in Hire” website provides students and young people with real-life examples of what is possible in this diverse industry.  Coupled with a marketing strategy, HIANZ will strive to attract people who are keen to develop themselves, contribute to the business, and help create the next generation of leaders in Hire. 

    The website is a self-contained promotional vehicle that HIANZ, member companies, and key stakeholders can utilise to promote this dynamic industry. The site will feature a strong use of social media tools and have regular updates from HIANZ members, and from people who are making their mark in the industry.

    Special thanks to all featured participants, Hirepool, Access Solutions, Kennard’s Hire, Continental Events, Tool Hire Taranaki, Rangiora Hire, Tauranga Party Hire and Hireace, for actively supporting this project.

  • 28 Apr 2017 2:59 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Upper Hutt Hire Ltd has been announced as a finalist in the 2017 NZ Workplace Health and Safety Awards, in the small business category.

    “It’s a great thrill for us” said Upper Hutt Hire Managing Director Garry Bull. “We’ve spent considerable time and effort to understand and control many of the risks around our site. At the same time we’ve also been working towards reducing the risks to our customers through a focus on H&S when buying new equipment, and better instructions for use” he said.

    Upper Hutt Hire is a finalist in the ‘Site Safe best health and safety initiative by a business of no more than 50 staff’ category, along with Fairfield School (Levin) and King Country Energy.

    The awards are organised by Thomson Reuters, published of Safeguard magazine, and proudly supported by Worksafe New Zealand.

    The winner of each of the 12 categories, along with the overall winner, will be announced at a gala dinner at the Skycity Convention Centre in Auckland on the 31st May 2017.

  • 02 Nov 2016 11:15 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Kennards Hire settles in Tauranga


    Kennards Hire finds itself quite at home in New Zealand. So much so that they continue to build the family-owned business with the acquisition of Tauranga Hire - its 17th branch in New Zealand.

    Kennards Hire is an equipment and tool hire company with almost 170 branches across New Zealand and Australia. Following their recent Greenfield branch opening in Hamilton in August this year, the Tauranga branch opened as Kennards Hire on Monday, 31 October and characterises Kennards Hire’s aim to offer New Zealanders the best of the hire and rental industry.

    Tom Kimber, General Manager of Kennards Hire New Zealand said, “Being the largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is an exciting step for our network of hire equipment branches. By extending our footprint into Hamilton’s neighbouring region, we are well-situated to help make our customers job easy.”

    “Infrastructure projects, housing and commercial construction are all projected to see strong growth over the next few years. This is a great opportunity for us to invest in and grow our brand and equipment hire service offering in one of the fastest growing population areas in New Zealand,” said Tom.

    In true Kennards Hire form, the current team will be joining the family. Tauranga Hire customers will be pleased to know that the friendly and knowledgeable Kris Wright and the team will still be behind the counter. The name above the door may have changed but the faces and excellent customer service remains strong.

    The team at the Tauranga branch continue to give their customers, both current and new, great customer service, industry leading safety standards and a wide range of well-maintained, modern and reliable equipment designed to make every job easy.

    Kennards Hire customers in New Zealand can also take advantage of their industry-leading online hire website. Hire online day or night and pick up your equipment at your local branch or have it delivered direct to your door.

    The new Kennards Hire Tauranga branch opens on Monday 31 October and is located 52 Burrows Street, Tauranga. Contact the branch on 07 571 6542 or visit for more info


    Available for Interview: Tom Kimber, General Manager, New Zealand

    For all media enquiries contact Liz Eassie from Kennards Hire on 0418 673 196 or

  • 02 Mar 2016 10:20 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Industry Networking Functions - APRIL 2016
    Registrations now open

    General Plant & Equipment - North Island 
    Auckland - 12th April 
    Winning Post Room,
    Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland.
    5.30pm onwards

    General Plant & Equipment - South Island
    Christchurch - 14th April 
    20 Nga Mahi Road, Sockburn, CHC
    (Youngman Richardson) 
    5.30pm onwards

    Party & Events - 20th April
    Millenium Hotel, Rotorua 
    1pm onwards
    * This is the first dedicated mid year function for the Party & Events sector! A great opportunity to network with fellow hire companies and suppliers to the Party & Events Sector.

  • 20 Feb 2016 4:20 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ membership means you have access to a number of services that will assist you and your business.

    Legal & HR Helpdesk

    Exclusive help-desk for members, an initiative of HIANZ, and proudly supported by Madison Hardy Ltd & Employment Lawyers. Learn More>

    Health & Safety Systems

    OSHBox delivers Health & Safety systems and has developed a hire industry specific system that has been tried and tested by already by numerous members. Don't look anywhere else until you have spoken to Angie. Learn More>

    Stationery & Marketing

    Brainstorm Media are available to help you with printed stationery, design and marketing. Director, Ross Barnett works with many hire companies and supplier to the hire industry so you be assured he understands the industry and your business needs. Call Ross to discuss your needs - (09) 414 1924


    Call David Chow at ICIB Insurance Brokers to learn of the industry specific policy he has available for your business. Click here to view website.

  • 14 Feb 2016 1:18 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    A series of examination dates has been set for 2016. Companies who own EWP's and are considering putting staff through CBIP certification will find links to info here

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