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  • 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

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    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

  • 07 Feb 2016 6:44 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Christine Wehrman, CEO and executive vice president of the American Rental Association has announced her retirement from ARA to the board of directors after 15 years. Wehrman will continue in her position until her successor is named later in the year.

    “The board is very proud of the vast achievements provided to members and the industry during her service,” said Terry Turner, current ARA president and owner of All Occasions Party Rentals, Knoxville, Tenn. “Chris led ARA through the years of business consolidation, the 9/11 attacks, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the economic recession along with many critical industry and association issues. Her astute association management and leadership skill, along with her ability to work so well with volunteer leaders and staff members have really made a difference for members and the industry.”

    A feature article can be located in the Feb edition of the Rental Management Magazine

  • 02 Feb 2016 4:15 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ will release is next issue of the NZ Hire & Rental Magazine at the end of March this year. A focus being, Health & Safety, Advances & Innovation in Equipment, and information about the Conference and Trade Show being held in August. We need good news stories, and editorial content about our members, their business and products - so please contact HIANZ if you have something we can include. Industry suppliers are welcome to place adverts and editorial content, a rate card can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

  • 22 Jan 2016 4:14 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    Fletcher Building Limited is acquiring the New Zealand road construction business Higgins Group Holdings Limited and other related assets, together with Higgins’ Fiji contracting company, for NZ$315 million.

    The companies have been partners in road construction projects for more than 25 years.

    Subject to consent from the Overseas Investment Office and the Commerce Commission, Fletcher Building is anticipating the deal will be concluding on June 30, 2016.

    It will acquire Higgins’ road construction and maintenance operations in New Zealand, including asphalt and bitumen plants as well as road construction and maintenance operations in Fiji.

    Read more.....
    Source - Dieseltalk

  • 18 Nov 2015 12:19 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The EWPA have today advised industry that the REVOCATION of the Approved Code of Practice for Power-Operated Elevating Work Platforms is now complete.

    The ACOP was superseded by the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms in August 2014.

    It is important all of industry recognise this important change, and the existence of the Industry Best Practice Guidelines.  Please share this announcement when and where appropriate.

    A copy of the official notice of revocation can be viewedhere.  

  • 02 Oct 2015 9:30 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)


    The ACC Board is proposing levy reductions worth $450 million in 2016/17, spread across work, earners’ and motor vehicle levies.

    “The proposed reductions are coming from the Board’s new funding policy of each levied account targeting assets within a band of 100 and 110% of the account’s liabilities,” says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye.

    The proposed reductions are $171 million to work levies, $61 million to earners’ levies and $218 million to motor vehicle levies.

    “The Government signalled a desire to remove residual levies at the same time as levies reduce, to offset increases to work levies paid by businesses in some industries,” says Kaye.

    “The combined effect of removing the residual levy and today’s proposed work levy reductions would see around 75% of businesses paying a lower work levy,” she says.

    “The levy could reduce by as much as one-third for some. Around 25 per cent of businesses would see their work levy increase, as a result of paying a fairer share of injury costs in their industry,” says Kaye.

    “There will also be a small reduction in the earners’ levy paid by all salary and wage earners, to fund out-of-work injury costs. Final levies will be confirmed after the consultation process,” she says.

    “Other issues that will be consulted on by ACC on my behalf include routine changes to classification units,” says Kaye.

    “These identify a business’s activity and are used to calculate work levies, and liable earnings limits used to calculate levies,” she says.

    “Levy consultation is an opportunity for New Zealanders to share their views about levies and any other aspect of the ACC scheme, and I encourage everyone to have their say,” says Kaye.

    See ACC’s levy consultation at

  • 28 Aug 2015 5:12 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its third reading at parliament yesterday. The Bill creates a new Health and Safety at Work Act, which will come into force on 4 April 2016.

    The Bill is the first significant reform of New Zealand’s health and safety laws in 20 years and addresses the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

    The new law will be supported by regulations that are being developed in time for April 2016. 

    WorkSafe New Zealand will provide information to businesses and workers of the changes before the law comes into force.

    Until the Act comes into effect in April 2016, the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force.

    Read the Government’s press release on the Beehive website

    For more information about the new law visit WorkSafe New Zealand’s website

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