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The Forklift Games brings back a tradition of allowing forklift drivers to compete for the title of New Zealand’s best.

Starting with Regional competitions to find each Region’s best drivers of the main forklift types, reach truck and counterbalance. The Regional winners will compete in Auckland for the title.

See more here Forklift Games.

Register to compete by clicking on the Regional near you.

Who will it be? From which company? Young, old - male, female ... only skills and temperament will count on the day.

The best of the best will be crowned Champion of The Forklift Games.

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we are Making forklift operations safer and more effective

Forklifts are a vital part of what makes business in New Zealand work.  Sadly, they contribute to more workplace accidents than any other vehicle and most businesses lack a basic understanding of how to run them, service them and to get the most appropriate driver training.  We have launched The Forklift Association to change that.

Our members come to us seeking a third party perspective on their operations, acknowledging that an impartial view from a non-vendor can be extremely useful. This informal industry benchmarking occurs through visits to our members sites, the member only portion of the website, TFA E-Newsletters, networking through the events we hold, consulting, accessing the 'best of breed' products and services at unique pricing. 

For Large Fleet Operators 

The management and safety of a large fleet (5 forklifts or more) can be a minefield for Warehouse, Logistics and HSE managers alike. Some of New Zealand's largest businesses trust The Forklift Association to help navigate through fleet servicing, driver training,  health and safety compliance and much more.  

For Small Business 

Even if you just have one forklift, you have a significant workplace hazard to manage and this probably falls outside of your generic health and safety programme.  We have brought together a wealth of information to help make your operation hum with our simple Toolkit.

Member Benefits

New members usually benefit most from an initial site visit by TFA. From this it is easier for them to identify which resources are most useful:

  • Resolving site specific issues
  • Health & Safety Act records
  • Equipment management and improvement
  • Standard Operating Procedures: role and activity specific
  • Staff engagement, retention and recruitment
  • Procurement, planning and management
  • Materials handling equipment/forklift strategy development

The independent and broadly experienced perspective of The Forklift Association provides a unique perspective. Often we identify potential solutions to long-standing frustrations - be that external to or from within the Member's current operations. Our touch points with the industry are many and varied so we have developed and become involved with key projects which add substantial value to members.


Aligned with the individual, corporate and Government uplift in environmental responsibility, TFA works to advance initiatives which reduce our negative impacts on the environment. These include waste diversion, advancing models of circular economy, and reducing and offsetting carbon emissions through our partnership with Ekos and Think Step.

Why Did You Join?

When we asked new members why they decided to join the TFA, these were the most common answers;

  1. I'm terrified of what will happen if we have a forklift related accident - we need advice and we need to do a better job
  2. We should be operating more effectively and making better decsisions, I want to meet other operators in my industry and learn from them
  3. Forklifts are special, having a toolkit that we could use to better manage that area is a no-brainer
  4. Everyone wants to sell me something - I want access to unbiased information

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