Highlights of Conference 2018..

The 2018 Conference had a total of 351 attendees consisting of Hire & Rental Company Owners, Managers and Staff, as well
as Equipment and Service Suppliers to the Industry.  152 buyers represented the 56 hire companies in attendance, and
the trade show comprised of 57 Exhibitor Companies displaying a good range of product and equipment. 

The Icebreaker welcome function was held Tuesday 3rd July hosted by Edwards Sound Systems.  

Conference Day One
A great day that included the 40th Anniversary Reunion Luncheon, informative Tech-stream Sessions, Guest Speaker Gilbert Enoka, Trade Show and the "Back to the 70's" fancy dress Networking Function sponsored by SkyJack.

Conference Day Two
Guest Speaker Sir Graham Henry, 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 2019! 


Life & Honorary Membership Awards

LHM Tim Mikkelsen 


LHM Colin Taylor

L. Mrs Penny Mikkelsen & Life Member Tim Mikkelsen  L. Life Member Colin Taylor & Mrs Barbara Taylor

Honorary Member Graeme Ridler 

Honorary Member Graeme Ridler

 HIANZ Board welcome Graeme Ridler to stage  H.Member Bruce Wallace presenting award to Graeme.


2018 Hire Excellence Awards Recipients

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

Invercargill Hire - GOLD AWARD

Hirepool Wynyard Quarter - GOLD AWARD

 Hire Smart - SILVER AWARD

Party Warehouse Christchurch - SILVER AWARD




40th Anniversary Reunion & Luncheon

Forty years ago a group of interested parties, which included independent Hire Company Owners and Suppliers, got together
in New Plymouth to form what is now HIANZ, one of the more influential trade groups within New Zealand.

Many of those who originally set up HIANZ continue to be involved and their knowledge, experience and commitment has
supported the ongoing development of the Association.

The 2018 Conference was a celebration of the 40th Anniversary, and what better way to do so by
holding a reunion to reconnect past and present members. Special thanks to all who attended!





Tech Stream Sessions 

This year saw the introduction of "Tech Stream" Sessions.  Designed to offer a series of short, sharp punching 10 minute educational seminars. Covering a range of topics over the two days, meaning delegates could attend only what is relevant to their respective businesses.  Sessions this year included;

Personal Properties Security Act - issues facing the Rental Industry

Legal Updates from Geoff Hardy

Health & Safety Updates from OSHBox

HSWA and workplace updates from Worksafe New Zealand

Understanding you financial position from Good for Business

EWPA update - Loading & Unloading EWP, and new safety videos

Asbestos Regulations - for all and any buildings built pre-2000.

Construction Dust 

APEX Marquee Best Practice Update 

International Rental Exchange Programme

Hazardous Substances Update


Special Guest Speakers ...


Gilbert Enoka

Sir Graham Henry


Event Photo Album
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What the attendees say about Conference 2018 ...

"We are new to the industry having purchased our business in August 2017 so it was great to be able to meet some very inspiring people that have been in the industry for much longer. We found so many people very open and helpful and happy to offer words of wisdom and advice. We will definitely be there for 2019"

"The HIANZ conference is always interesting and educational, every year you meet new people in the industry and discover new products on the market, you come away with not only feeling like you have made new friends but have new ideas and feel inspired to improve your business and put those ideas and inspirations into practice. Being a member of HIANZ and attending the conference and various events and workshops throughout the year is well worth the yearly membership fee!"

"The highlight of the event for me was the Party Hire Luncheon, an excellent opportunity to share ideas, network and promote our brand, meet new members, relax and enjoy the company, food and drink. Overall a lovely event!"

"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 2019 Conference

Hamilton   |   2-4 July 2019


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