Highlights of Conference 2017..

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.  An icebreaker welcome function was held that evening, hosted by Gray's Online.   A great start to conference!

Day One
A great day filled with awesome speakers, informative workshops, trade show and the "around the world" themed networking function sponsored by SkyJack.

Day Two
More workshops, fantastic trade show, and the Hire Excellence Awards Dinner & Show hosted by
Youngman Richardson & Co Limited.

Special thanks to all sponsors for your generous support. 
Feedback has been fantastic, and everyone is looking forward to Conference 2018! 

Life Membership Award

L. Mike O'Neill, Tim Mikkelsen (HIANZ President) L. Carol & Mike O'Neill

Mike O'Neill 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.


2017 Hire Excellence Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the following teams for their achievements at this year's
Excellence Awards. 

Kennards Hire Hamilton - GOLD AWARD
L. Steve Nath (Manager), Tim Mikkelsen (HIANZ President)

Tauranga Party Hire - SILVER AWARD
L. Deon Van Zyl, James Mollison (Owner), Tim Mikkelsen (HIANZ President)
 Taupo Hire - BRONZE AWARD
L. Tim Mikkelsen (President), Tracey Thompson, Dave Nicol (Owners)
Party Warehouse Christchurch - SILVER AWARD
L. Fabian Kulpe (Mgr), Tim Mikkelsen (President), Tim Aldridge (Owner),
Ben Hurley (MC)
Party Warehouse Christchurch - SILVER AWARD
L. Tim Aldridge (Owner),Fabian Kulpe (Mgr), Tim Mikkelsen (President)



Business Session & Workshops

Workshop 1 – Recruiting, motivating and retaining teams - presented by: Lucy MacLean

Workshop 2 – State of the Nation - presented by: Westpac Chief Economist, Michael Gordon

Workshop 3 – Return on your investment - presented by: Stewart Kearney from Good for Business

Workshop 4 – Careers in Hire - an Interactive Panel Session

Workshop 5 – Social Media in Business - presented by: Claire O'Connell from The Classroom

Guest Speakers ...

 Mark WeldonBen Hurley

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What the attendees say about our Conferences ...

"A well run event with lots of opportunity to network, learn, be reminded and also to find out about new innovative products that companies have. The whole event was just wonderful and it is hard for me to pinpoint specific highlights. I thought the food and workshop sessions were fabulous, well thought out and organised. I thought the Trade Show was fantastic and the opportunity to mingle with suppliers on a more relaxed basis was invaluable as is mixing with other Hire Company owners and staff.
A well run event, thoroughly enjoyable and we will be back next year!"

"The high calibre of the workshop speakers was awesome, in particular Mark Weldon and the return on investment workshop. The careers in hire seminar very interesting and well presented. Cruising the Sounds on Monday was a fantastic
way to kick off the week!

"Networking with other managers and business owners. Talking to suppliers about new products that can help grow
the business. Trip away from home always good.

"There's always something that we learn from the HIANZ conference, from both speakers or fellow delegates.
These are all things you can't get from your computer. Strongly recommend attendance.

"I have been coming to the HIRE conferences for several years and this year it was good to see a range of new faces.
A couple of these new attendees came and spoke to me about how our business does things and was looking for new ideas - I also did the same thing with another business. For me, this is one of the most valuable benefits that the event has to offer and an opportunity to share information with industry peers.  Apart from showcasing new product, the ability to share and impart knowledge with each other is invaluable.

"Being a member of HIANZ not only has its professional attributes, it also feels like a family. All working together to improve and grow our industry. Striving for the one goal. The friendships made are forever."

Location & Dates of 2018 Conference

Rotorua Energy Events Centre, 3-6 July 2018

Our 2017 Conference Sponsors




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