Skills shortages-not just a New Zealand problem

By Kevin Everett (as advised by Andy King (LIA 200800912) of Network Migration Services in Henderson With consents now as high as recorded in 2004 and the forecast for further growth, where do we go from here? We have residential, commercial, civil and infrastructure sectors all at extremely high levels of activity based on demand, with the recent natural disasters …

Drug Testing

A measured response to meth in the workplace   “It’s an epidemic!” scream the headlines. News articles over the past six months have claimed ‘P’ is easier to get than weed, “rampant” in the West Coast workforce. Meth use in Christchurch is often blamed on the influx of construction workers. Employers are understandably worried about their responsibilities, and may feel …

FTMA chairman keen to raise industry profile

By Jo Bailey  The Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association’s (FTMA) new chairman, Alan Westwood, is focused on raising the profile of the frame and truss sector and optimising the training and service offering the Association provides to its members. “I’ve made it a priority to build the credibility of FTMA with government agencies, so the association is more widely recognised …

Playing it Safe

The costly business of falls from height  By Kathryn Heiler Every year hundreds of New Zealand workers are seriously injured due to falls from height at work, some of them fatally. The cost of these falls from height is estimated to be $24 million a year in ACC claims – and that doesn’t even touch the human cost of losing …

Riding the wave

BY Rod Auton CEO of the Crane Association of New Zealand Strong population growth continues to boost housing demand and, along with robust household spending, is driving non-residential construction demand. Cuts in interest rates and strong population growth are also flowing through to housing demand. The National Construction Pipeline Report 2016 forecasts building and construction activity in New Zealand, and …

Many benefits to hiring gear

By Jo Bailey There are many reasons why hiring tools and equipment rather than buying is a great option for businesses from small enterprises through to large multi-national organisations, says Phil Tindle, HIANZ CEO. “Hirers can access quality, reliable equipment with the latest technology without having to make a capital investment upfront. The benefits are obviously even greater with some …

HIANZ conference a stunning success

This year’s Hire Industry Association of New Zealand (HIANZ) conference is being hailed as “one of the best” following positive feedback from delegates. Over 200 hire company owners, staff, equipment and service suppliers to the industry from New Zealand and Australia attended the event in Rotorua in late August, enjoying an extensive programme of workshops, guest speakers, trade show, and …

Excellence rewarded

Four companies were honoured at the Hire Excellence Awards Dinner, which closed the 2016 HIANZ conference in Rotorua. Hirepool Wellington and Stella Hire of Invercargill received Gold Awards, while Timaru Hire, and Tool Hire Taranaki were the recipients of Silver Awards. “We congratulate the four winners, who have met the rigorous standards required to rightly refer to their companies as …

Training and ‘business partner’ programme raises industry standards

Phil Tindle, HIANZ CEO, says the Association provides robust industry training as well as an innovative ‘business partner’ programme that helps its members run their business more sustainably and profitably. “The hire industry is no different when it comes to issues such as health and safety compliance, business sustainability and profitability. Through our business partner programme we have brought in …

HIANZ serves industry in growth mode

“Like many suppliers to the trade sector the hire industry is in growth mode, aided by the construction boom,” says HIANZ CEO, Phil Tindle. “There are always pockets in regions that will be a little quieter as they may be more reliant on what local government is doing in terms of roading infrastructure. The hire industry is typically in growth …