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 (3rd Qtr 2018) has been released with updated stats on the construction crane sector.
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
CANZ Office - where we are.
Reform of Vocational Education
As a shareholder in Skills (Industry Training Organisation), the Crane Association of New Zealand Inc has concerns about the Minister of Educations announcement to remove all of the training elements of the ITO's and pass the role to Polytechnics (ITP). Despite the Ministers statement that he has consulted industry, he certainly hasn't consulted this industry.
Crane training is a highly specialised role that requires access to cranes to undertake the practical elements of the training and assessment and only one polytechnic is capable of delivering entry level training and assessment.
As there has been no detail provided on how this transition will take place, as an industry representative, the Crane Association has reservations about Polytechnics being able to deliver the quality of training required. Traditionally, Polytechnics have been a bums on seats delivery methodology and in the past the crane sector was wary of employing graduates from the Polytechnics with some employers rejecting them outright.
The method of implementing this change by the Minister of Education does not give industry any confidence. He has stipulated a six week consultation process only, and he has stipulated that this change will take effect before the 1st Jan 2020, so he is ramrodding this through even before engaging in a consultation process.
There will be job losses in the ITO's and training roles. There will be a huge cost on the Polytechnics to develop the programmes for the many apprentices and trainees in industries across the country. There will be the loss of pastoral care to those in full New Zealand Certificate qualifications and apprenticeships.
It is our contention that due process has not been carried out by the Minister and therefore this whole process is flawed.
This affects the whole construction industry, specialist trades, apprenticeships, trainees, employers, Private Training Establishments, industry contract and workplace trainer/assessors and the community in general.
Have your say to remind the Minister that it is not only education he is messing with but peoples lives and livelihoods.
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 email@example.com ). Where it says ‘Apprentices’, of course, ‘Trainee’ applies to you!
If you’ve any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0508 SKILLS (0508 754 557) or find out more about Job Match here.
Jobs for Dogmen and Crane Operators
Looking for a job in the New Zealand crane industry then check out our job portal here
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.
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
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
Operator Shortages and Training Pathways for School Leavers
The following was aired on New Zealand's TV1 news on Friday 11th January 2019
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.