A safe and sustainable crane industry
providing service to our community.
To provide one clear voice, advocating with regulators,
authorities and industry partners to provide a safe and
efficient crane industry for our members and our community.
Code of Ethics
The Crane Association has a Code of Ethics that members must abide by. That Code of Ethics endorses the professionalism of members of the Association.
The Code of Ethics can be read here
NZTA Bridge Maps
Indicative crane access maps have been developed by NZTA to identify bridge constraints for information purposes for the crane industry. These will enable crane operators to identify bridge's status when planning routes to and from worksites. They are available on the NZTA Maphub here
Ridley Levitt Bucknall Crane Index
The latest New Zealand Crane Index (1st Qtr 2019) has been released with updated stats on the construction crane sector. Auckland surpasses USA cities for number of cranes, and nationally we have reached an all time high
Read more here
Lobbying and Advocacy
Lobbying forms an important part of our role in representing the New Zealand cranes industry. As construction is a large contributor to the national GDP, the value of cranes to the nation means that we punch above our weight as the building and infrastructure sectors are totally reliant on cranes.
We can lobby local and central government as a collective voice and champion policies that allow our members in the crane industry to succeed.
Current Lobby and Advocacy Work
The Health & Safety in Employment Regulations 1995
Pressure Equipment, Cranes and Passenger Ropeway Regulations 1999
Approved Code of Practice for Cranes 2009 Update
Licencing of High Risk Occupations
Temporary Work Visa reform
Aligning immigration with employment and skills on a regional basis
Discussions on use of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics NZ Standard Classification of Occupational Codes (ANZSCO) as basis for Skills Short Lists
Moving from ANZSCO to ARIA (a concept and classification management system)
SafeCrane has been created by the Crane Association of New Zealand (Inc.) to provide guidance on how to create a safe workplace for cranes.
Resources are available for:
This website is your one-stop shop for information about cranes
Go to SafeCrane website
New Lift Plan for Truck-Loader Cranes and Clash Prevention Agreement on Crane Shop
A new truck-loader crane lift plan resource has been added to the Crane Shop to compliment the existing suite of lift plans and a Clash Prevention Agreement for cranes working in close proximity on work sites.
Read more here
Small Businesses at risk because of Unilateral Deferred Payment Practices
Many small businesses are being financially penalised by the practice of some large corporates not paying their invoices for 90 days plus. Known as Unilateral Deferred Payment, this practice puts small businesses at risk of going under due to cash flow. The Government is going to consult soon on creating legal protection for small businesses over this practice.
TODAY’S FUEL SAVINGS Log in or Join to access member fuel discounts
Fuel prices have never been lower since 2010 and with the Association discount added on this means considerable savings across our member's fleets.
As a member, you may already have a discount but compare your current savings with the potential savings from the Associations Caltex Fuel Programme.
View current and historical fuel prices here
Jobs for Dogmen and Crane Operators
Looking for a job in the New Zealand crane industry then check out our job portal here
CANZ Office - where we are.
2019 Crane Conference
We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference to be held at the Marlborough Conference Centre in Blenheim 17th - 19th July 2019.
Included in the conference will be a crane display, and a trade show.
Thanks to our sponsors. View them here
As the President, it is with great pleasure that I can start my first Word from the President by introducing our new Chief Executive, Sally Dunbar.
She replaces Rod Auton who has made an outstanding contribution to the Crane Association for nearly six years. Please join me in wishing Rod all the best in his retirement.
Sally comes to us from the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors, and we’re blessed to have her wide tranche of industry association experience utilised as CEO.
She will help us to develop a new licence that will not only benefit Association members, but the industry as a whole.
If you are not aware, the Pressure Equipment Cranes and Passenger Ropeways regulation is being replaced - this is resulting in a call for some form of Operator licensing.
WorkSafe NZ has many options to consider, which we are all to happy to be involved with.
We place a great deal of emphasis on training and safety, and we continue to succeed in raising the standards of operation and efficiency across the crane industry.
So, we want to ensure we are leaders in this process – informed by consultation submitted by members and the industry.
Who else knows more about the industry than you, our members, and others within the industry?
Being proactive about this issue will be important in allowing us to comprehensively inform regulators about what the industry requires from its licenced operators.
The best approach is to produce a licence that is fit for our industry – one that we have played a leading role in developing, rather than having one imposed on us.
We also know of some organisations that are attempting to create a licence, so if we don’t proceed with some haste, then we may lose our chance to create an industry-led licence.
And the association is best suited to do this because our members are on the frontlines.
Sally will soon visit her Australian counterpart to get information on this issue.
The Crane Industry Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Brandon Hitch will help us ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes they made, and there might even be some uniformity of standards.
Following the Australian visit, findings will be presented to members and Council for consideration.
On to other industry related news, the majority of you have enjoyed a Road User Charge (RUC) refund.
However, I feel that there are some more areas to address with the NZTA regarding how the RUC rate is set, and this should be raised at the upcoming conference. Watch this space.
Another issue to keep our eyes on is the NZTA proposed amendments to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999.
These will simplify and standardise the driver licensing system, facilitate the move to a digital licensing environment, improve the customer’s experience, support the productivity of the commercial driving sector, and strengthen the driver training and testing regime.
As we will be a significantly affected party, we would like to work with the Agency in this reform. So, we’ll be representing the industry and input from members is always appreciated.
But looking into my crystal ball, I feel confident for our Association’s future.
Personally, I’m excited about encouraging more younger people into our industry, and I’m beginning to see more millennials who are proving to be great employees.
And as I’m slowing down in my own participation within the industry, I’m seeing more of these young guys develop their skill-sets to contribute in meaningful ways.
This may come down to society’s views on the trades – they are becoming sexy again. Being a licenced operator is no small feat; it is a measure of one’s success, too.
Skills Job Match
If you are looking for a crane operator or dogman trainee, a free new service is available to help you find one called Job Match!
With the growth in the construction sector, Industry has asked for this service to be offered, and this is provided by Skills (the Industry Training Organisation) in the Specialist Trades area of Cranes, Electrical; Plumbing, Gasfitting & Drainlaying; Roofing; Scaffolding; and Electronic Security.
If you have a successful way to find trainees, Job Match is not here to replace that – but if needing help, Job Match will do their best to match a trainee to you to employ and train.
If this is of interest to you download the employer registration form (it’s an interactive PDF, so type in, save it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org ). Where it says ‘Apprentices’, of course, ‘Trainee’ applies to you!
If you’ve any queries please contact email@example.com or 0508 SKILLS (0508 754 557) or find out more about Job Match here.
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What the Association Does?
The Crane Association of New Zealand Inc is the national trade association for companies that operate or hire cranes and offer ancillary services relating to the crane industry.
The Association acts as a conduit between the members, the regulators and the training providers to provide leadership in crane industry best practice. It facilitates the highest standards of workplace safety, and promotes the premise that all crane operators must be trained, competent and are qualified on the equipment they are operating in the work environment.
To achieve this, the association works closely with its members, the government departments and agencies, Industry Training Organisations (ITO) as well as other associations and stakeholders.
Benefits of Membership
Financial Members of the Association receive the following benefits:
Services Our Members Offer
Our services include the following:
Joining the Association
If in your business you are using any of the following types of crane or supply the crane industry, then join the association and be recognised as a leader in the industry:
You can find out more about joining the association here.
While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this document is complete and accurate, the Crane Association of New Zealand Inc does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or that this information is suitable for use in every situation. The Association, and its directors and officers, do not accept any responsibility or liability arising directly or indirectly from or in conjunction with your use or reliance on this information, or from any omission in the information.