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  • 03 May 2014 1:42 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ general manager Phil Tindle and president Tim Mikkelsen, recently attended the HRIA convention held on the Gold Coast 29 April thru 02 May. A number of HIANZ members also were also in attendance.

    The conference was a well organised industry event. The Gold Coast convention centre is the perfect location for the conference that included a large trade show and a new outdoor expo on the north lawn of the Gold Coast convention centre.

    Keynote speaks were relevant and diverse. Six seminars were held throughout the event including topics such as the future of hire software, social media, party & events, HR and EWP/ telehandlers.

    Of particular interest to HIANZ was the HRNet support service that is free of charge to members as part of their annual membership. HRIA Members have access to legal advisors specialising in employment law, conflict resolution. A similar scheme will be considered by the HIANZ board at their next meeting.

    International guest speakers included, Don Ahern (owner of Ahern Rentals ) who now holds the majority shareholding of Snorkel International, and current American Rental Association board chairman Mike Blaisdell.

    Special thanks to Phil and the HRIA team for making the Kiwi's so welcome! Another great event HIRE industry event.

  • 27 Apr 2014 11:13 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ regionals were held throughout the country from 8 - 10 April.  Auckland and Christchurch had 55 attendee's at each meeting, lots of existing and new members from hire companies and industry suppliers. Unfortunately, Palmerston North turnout was very low. 

    The events had a new format that has increased the opportunities to network and make the most of attendees time. HIANZ general manager, and board members were on hand to make certain new members were looked after and introduced, and that all members had the chance to ask questions and provide feedback to the Association.

    The evenings included a lovely meal and a few refreshments, some suppliers displayed their equipment and banners.  Supplier presentations this year were made by new member Andrew Whitehead from Watch My Gear, and Craig Johnston from Parkland Products.  Feedback received from a new supplier member "as a new startup we couldn't have asked for anything better as a first launch into the Hire and Lease industry in New Zealand".  Special thanks to all the suppliers who put up great giveaways. 

    Such a great round of meetings, great feedback, and fantastic to see so many new people getting involved.  Thanks to our hosts this year, Karcher NZ (Mike and his awesome team), Party Up Limited (Richard and Michelle Mikkelsen), YRCO in Christchurch (Dale Lilley & team). We are very fortunate to have the support of hire companies themselves who make available to HIANZ the use of marquee, furniture, board rooms and list goes on. Special thanks to Antony and his team at Carlton Party Hire for the sterling job in Auckland, and Continental Events for help in the South Island.

    Moving forward, HIANZ will continue with the Auckland and Christchurch meetings, however there will be a change to what is undertaken in the mid to lower North Island due to distances between centres/ concentration of hire companies in various areas. 

    This may mean two or three smaller dinners held in strategic locations and will increase the associations reach throughout this area.


  • 06 Apr 2014 9:03 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The new adult minimum wage rates (before tax) that apply to employees aged 16 or over will be:

    $14.25 per hour, which is
    $114.00 for an 8-hour day,
    $570.00 for a 40-hour week.

    The Starting-out wage  rates and the training minimum wage rates (before tax) will increase to:

    $11.40 an hour, which is
    $91.20 for an 8-hour day or
    $456.00 for a 40-hour week.

    The Starting-out wage  applies to:

    ·         16- and 17-year-olds in their first six months of work with a new employer (or until they are training or supervising others)

    ·         18- and 19-year-olds who have been paid a benefit for six months or longer, and who have not completed six months of continuous work with any employer since starting on benefit (or until they are training or supervising others)

    ·         16- to 19-year-old workers in a recognised industry training course involving at least 40 credits a year.

    The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over who are doing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits a year as part of their employment agreement, in order to become qualified.

    For more information on minimum wage rates, go to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's website ( or call 0800 20 90 20.
  • 13 Feb 2014 10:10 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ members can now view a list of cool APPS that have will increase your productivity at work and home...
    Check them out in the members only area under: Toolbox > Tools & Templates. Or click this link -
  • 15 Nov 2013 11:12 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    In order to provide relevant courses to industry, HIANZ needs to understand the current & future training requirements.  Please take a moment to complete a 2 minute survey. Click here.

    Feedback will enable HIANZ to schedule courses based on interest & demand. 
  • 29 Oct 2013 4:40 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    ICIB's have WON the 2013 Small/Medium Broking Company of the Year!

    Award winners were announced and presented at the New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards night on Thursday 24 October 2013 at Skycity, Auckland by a panel of 11 industry expertsundefinedall leaders in their field.

    Winning this award for two consecutive years highlights the consistent approach and ongoing recognition of the high level of service and expertise that ICIB provides to their clients and the industry.

    Awesome stuff!
  • 12 Sep 2013 9:01 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    This year saw the beginning of a new awards format, whereby participating companies are no longer competing against one another, instead they are each assessed against a set of criteria to determine their level of operational excellence.

    Judging included onsite visits and mystery shopper. Areas of focus were presentation of premises & staff, security, product and services, plant & equipment, marketing, customer service, adherence to industry best practices, H&SE, compliance and overall operational efficiencies.

    Congratulations to Pacific Linen Ltd & Telelift NZ Ltd who both received Bronze Awards, and Continental Event Hire & Horowhenua Hire Ltd who received Silver Awards.
  • 09 Jul 2013 12:39 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking input and feedback regarding the proposed 'Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Use of Machinery'.

    When completed, the Guideline will:

    Outline MBIE’s expectations for best practice for safe use of machinery

    Include best practice health and safety guidance for safe use of machinery to duty   holders

    Update MBIE’s existing guidance around safe use of machinery

    Make accessible the principles of machine guarding as outlined in 'AS4024: Safety of     Machinery (series)'

    Ensure that the material provided around this issue is current and consistent with other related New Zealand and overseas guidance.

    Information is detailed on the MBIE website - click here

    The deadline for submissions for the proposed 'Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Use of Machinery' is Friday, 26th July 2013.
  • 26 Jun 2013 3:56 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    HIANZ welcomes SULCO Ltd. as a new Supplier to the Hire Industry, offering a wide array of products suitable for members. Sulco Ltd. has been operating as a family owned business since 1971 & is headed by Ed Higgins (Governing Director) employing 75 staff.

    Sulco will enable members access to the following key products at competitive prices. A guide to the products stocked by Sulco as follows.  

    ·    Champion Log Splitters, Champion Pressure Washers, generators and inverter generators. Petrol engines. Water pumps.  

    ·    SDS/Powerchief Diesel powered generators {from 3.5 to 75KVA ex stock}. Lighting towers.

    ·    Petrol or Electric powered air Compressors - Fiac (made in Italy) screw type air compressors; 3 phase compressors; 12v & 24v portable compressors; Oil free air compressors. Wide range of models. Including new 3HP Rotary screw machine single phase quiet operation. Also silenced 3 phase air compressors.  

    ·    Radiation Heaters diesel powered infra red.

    ·    Automotive Service Equipment – Brake lathes for cars & trucks,  air Jacks, Bottle Jacks,  Vehicle lifts for cars and trucks. Floor Cranes, Garage jacks,  Transmission jacks. Clutch handlers. Battery Chargers, Battery Testers, Booster starting packs,  Compression Testers, Brake testers. Wheel aligners. Tyre changers and balancers. Plus a huge range automotive tools. Bore scopes. Scan tools. Axle stands. Oil drainers. Chemicals and lubricants. Work lights Etc.

    ·    General Workshop equipment – Bench Grinders, Drill Presses, Air impact wrenches / grinder/ drills etc. Creepers. Tool boxes. Hydraulic repair kits . Hydraulic Pumps and rams. Hydraulic presses. Forged steel vices. Magnetic base broaching machines / core drills/ Bevelling machines and accessories.  

    ·    Hand tools etc ....Huge range . Tool kits. Impact sockets. Torque wrenches, Large spanners for construction and engineering etc. Pipe working tools and machines.

    ·    Tools for all trades including builders, plumbers electrical . Holiday detectors. etc. Non sparking tools.

    Sulco specialises in presenting high quality products at competitive rates ex their warehouse in Manukau.  Check them out
  • 24 Jun 2013 10:21 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking input and feedback regarding the proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.

    When completed, the Guidelines will:

    * replace the outdated 1995 Approved Code of Practice for Power-operated Elevating Work Platforms.

    * include health and safety guidance for members of the mobile elevating work platform industry; and

    * ensure that the guidance material provided around this issue is consistent with related New Zealand documents.

    The deadline for submissions for the proposed Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms is Friday, 26th July 2013.

    Hire Industry Association members:

    It is imperative that all stakeholders take an interest in this draft document, this will become the 'single most referenced' document by all industries involved with EWP. These guidelines could be in place for many years before they are revised or updated. We must do our best to ensure it suits industry. 

    We appreciate you are all busy people, and that only parts of the document may be of interest depending on your position within the EWP industry. All and any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    The Draft Document and Response Form can be accessed from the link below.

    HIANZ members can send their response forms to HIANZ, or send directly to MBIE. Please complete the Response Form and return it by email to either: 

    Phil Tindle, General Manager, HIANZ - email:
    Jeena Murphy, Senior Advisor, MBIE - email:

    Only written feedback on the Response Form will be considered. Responses are due by 5pm on Friday 26th July 2013.

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