SIVANZ has been under development for the past 12 months.  During this period we have had conversations with a wide range of special interest vehicle groups and individual owners that indicated there is a level of dissatisfaction with some current membership associations at a regional or national level. This has resulted in a growing number of special interest car owners not renewing subscriptions or simply not joining clubs or associations in the first place. 

We became convinced that we needed a new association to give this growing number of individuals a voice and a place to belong.

In mid 2017 we learned of a special interest vehicle owner in Auckland with a certified mid 60’s car who had his certification summarily revoked by the NZTA. This event caused us to question what support SIVANZ could really offer its members and where an individual car owner would go for advice or support if they were challenged by NZTA, affected by proposed changes to legislation; or lobby groups that target special interest vehicles for their own agenda.

As a result, the original concept of providing individual membership to a national organisation was expanded to include support and lobby activities.

The Special Interest Vehicle Manufacturers and Suppliers (SIVMAS) concept came out of related conversations about car ownership with various members of the industry that help us to achieve our goals. We soon realised that the number, the value and the complexity of cars being worked on or supported by these businesses was clearly significant.  At the same time it became apparent that no-one truly knew the depth, width, or value to the NZ economy of the manufacturers and suppliers to the special interest vehicle market.

Every owner of a special interest vehicle needs the products or services of these businesses at some point. Every business owner in this market needs each and every special interest vehicle owner.

It seemed logical to include special interest vehicle businesses in SIVANZ. This step led us to think about the long term health of the industry which is made up by those businesses that support owners. For instance, what is the succession plan for getting young men and women into some of these specialised areas to ensure we have the right skill sets and passion that can be applied to our vehicles in the future?

We are now working on educational support ideas for business owners and on attracting and keeping our young men and women engaged in the special interest vehicle industries. We will be working with industry to create an environment that has at its core: strength of numbers, education, and an understanding of the economic power of the special interest vehicles industry.

Clearly, SIVANZ is more than an idea and its time has come.