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  • 27 May 2013 11:57 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    Scaffolding , Access & Rigging NZ are calling for expressions of interest from stakeholders who wish to participate in a review of the Best Practice Guidelines.  All nominations received will be considered for a position on the review committee.

    They are also calling for submissions for changes to the Best Practice Guide.

    Further details or enquiry:

    Scaffolding , Access & Rigging NZ  
    P O Box 31067 
    Lower Hutt 5040

    Ph: 04 5898081
  • 16 Apr 2013 10:17 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)

    The Hire Association held Regional meetings throughout New Zealand between the dates of 9th and 11th of April. All meetings were very well subscribed with over 60 in Auckland, 35 in Palmerston North and almost 50 in Christchurch the format of these meetings included Guest speakers, Industry Supplier demonstrations, updates from the Association, fantastic networking opportunities including dinner.

    Special thanks to Mike Roberts and his team at Karcher, and Iain and his team at Solo NZ for presenting at all three meetings as well as providing great giveaways! It is great to have the support of our Industry suppliers at these meetings.

    The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment presented information on the latest initiative in reducing falls from height. Fantastic fact sheets are available to support businesses and staff.

    Other guest speakers included: Gerald Delaney from Advantage Business who spoke on Succession Planning, Ian McQuay from AIG who spoke with regard to ACC for the self employed, Christine Gooding from Shannon Digital Christchurch presenting the concept and possibilities of Social Media for those in the Hire Industry. All speakers were well received and interesting and we look forward to seeing some of these speakers again at Conference 2013, where they will run full workshops. Contact details and copy of presentation can be found in the members only area of the HIANZ website.

    It was also fantastic to see lots of new Members who have recently joined the Association, as well as some potential members. General updates included the progress that has been made with the Marquee Best Practice document and Marquee Training Program, website improvements, communications, working group forums, Hire Excellence, an update on Conference 2013 in Taupo and the opportunities for Members.

    The turnout for all meetings was brilliant, thank you to all for taking time out to attend.

    A couple of parting comments:

    * Please consider entering your companies in the Hire Excellence Awards
    * Please note diaries and block out 10-12 Sept for the Hire Association Conference
    * Please take a moment to sign in and update your profiles –
    * If you did not attend the regional meetings, please consider next time.

    Many thanks,

    Tim Mikkelsen | PRESIDENT

  • 04 Apr 2013 10:52 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ are pleased to advocate the new "working safely at height toolkit" which has been released by the MBIE.  This great resource has been uploaded to the HIANZ website to be viewed or downloaded anytime.  This information is also available on the MBIE website - . Please familiarise yourself with these resources & factsheets, as they will be a valuable tool for you, your staff, your businesses and your customers. 

  • 08 Mar 2013 4:31 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    KUBOTA NZ took out the 2013 Transport & Heavy Equipment "Best Exhibitor Site Award" today.  Check it out here >

  • 26 Feb 2013 9:40 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)


    February 22, 2013 (Moline, Ill.)
    – The 11th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held last week at The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas.

    All GRA member associations were present, including: European Rental Association (ERA), Belgium; Hire Association Europe (HAE), U.K.; Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd. (HRIA), Australia; Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Associaçào De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); and American Rental Association (ARA). Representatives included the association officers and/or chief executives/staff.

    Agenda items discussed in detail during the full day meeting focused on advancing the success of members of the individual associations and perpetuating the rental concept throughout the world. Current member priorities within the associations were shared. Topics addressed included technological trends in the industry and status of implementation in the associations, safety and regulatory matters, and the GRA International Rental Business Leadership Program. The agenda also included a review of the global survey initiative undertaken by the Global Rental Alliance, with release of a combined rental revenue figure among the GRA associations representing $66 billion, as of year-end 2011.

    The meeting included a presentation by John McClelland, ARA Vice President, and Scott Hazelton, Senior Director of IHS Global Insight, on ARA’s new initiative, “ARA Equipment Rental Penetration Index™”, which provides the industry with a new method of measuring and forecasting equipment rental penetration. The basic concept is to measure the amount of equipment that is rented as a percentage of total construction equipment. The Global Rental Alliance members will continue to have dialogue on the level of rental penetration within their respective countries. All associations are committed to increasing rental penetration on behalf of their membership through their program work.

    Considerable discussion was held on current member programs within the associations, with a focus on marketing the rental concept. Information and materials were shared that can be adapted within the respective associations to supplement current programs. Conference dates and programs of the respective associations were reviewed.

    The purpose of the Global Rental Alliance is to increase the profile of equipment rental worldwide and to build global understanding of the industry. It is a partnership of rental associations from around the world that meet semi-annually and share information on program initiatives throughout the year. The unity of this group has brought about an increased awareness of overall priorities internationally, adding to the strategic outlook and resources of each rental member association.

    Pictured (L-R):

    Phil Tindle, General Manager, and Tim Mikkelsen, President, Hire Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Jeff Campbell, President, and Marc Mandin, Vice President, Canadian Rental Association (CRA); Terry Douris, Past President and Chairman, Hire Association Europe (HAE); Mike Flesher, Chairman of the Board, American Rental Association (ARA); Graham Arundell, Managing Director, HAE; James Oxenham, Operations Manager, Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia (HRIA); Chris Wehrman, Chief Executive Officer, ARA; Peter Lancken, Chairman, Kennard’s Hire, representing HRIA; Michel Petitjean, Secretary General, European Rental Association (ERA); Mark Scarce, President, HRIA; Marco Aurélio da Cunha, Presidente, and Fernando Forjaz, Director, Associaçào De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC).

    About the Global Rental Alliance

    The Global Rental Alliance consists of seven independent equipment rental/hire trade associations that have joined together to increase the understanding and concept of rental worldwide. They are: European Rental Association, Belgium (ERA); Hire Association Europe, U.K. (HAE); Hire & Rental Industry Association Ltd., Australia, (HRIA); Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ); Associaçào De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); and American Rental Association (ARA). Each organization has as its members, businesses that rent equipment to the general public and suppliers that manufacture equipment that is part of the member business rental inventory. While inventories differ somewhat within each country, they essentially include equipment rented to the construction, homeowner, and special event and party industries.

    For more information about the Global Rental Alliance or the International Rental Business Leadership Program, reference the Alliance website at or contact Kathy Nicoletto, Global Rental Alliance liaison and ARA special assistant to the CEO (see contact information below).


    Kathy Nicoletto, American Rental Association (; Ph: 800/334-2177, ext. 265).

    For more information about the ARA Equipment Rental Penetration Index™, contact John McClelland (

  • 24 Feb 2013 9:44 AM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    The Commerce Commission has cleared rental equipment operator Hirepool to buy Hirequip out of receivership, saying the two operate in different sectors and are hindered by their rivals.  Read more>
  • 05 Feb 2013 1:11 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    A course has been scheduled for the week of the 27th of May 2013, location Manukau.

    Full details can be viewed by clicking here
  • 07 Jan 2013 5:45 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    On 3 December 2012 Opportunity ITO merged with The Skills Organisation (formerly ETITO) a multi-industry ITO. The crane, scaffolding rigging, industrial rope access, and elevating work platform industries became part of the Specialist Trades division of the organisation.

    Throughout the process the Opportunity Board was focussed on ensuring any merger would provide opportunities to enhance training quality and service levels for the industries, along with ..... read more EWPA Stakeholder letter - 07 Jan13.pdf
  • 14 Nov 2012 1:41 PM | Administrator . (Administrator)
    HIANZ now has stock of Electrical 4metre Decals for EWP's.  If they are looking shabby, cannot be read or are not displayed in the basket of your EWP, then order today!

    Only .80c each for HIANZ members!  Order via online shop at


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