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Moving Kiwis Everywhere for 35 Years

On the 27th of March 2022, The Moving Company celebrated our 35th birthday in the international, inter-city and commercial moving and storage businesses. If you were one of the many who have trusted us with their move, we want to say, “Thank You”. We have shared thousands of moving moments together and for that we are truly grateful.

Moving Kiwis Everywhere!

Our 35th Anniversary Milestones 

1987 to 1990

The Moving Company was founded as the Nelson Moving Company, specialising in nationwide moving and the delivery of new furniture orders, from Nelson based furniture manufacturers.

During this period, we became a full service international moving company, with our first move to Australia completed, the first of many thousands to follow.

Early 1990’s

The company was rebranded as ‘The Moving Company’ and grew through the acquisition of leading removalists, Banner Removals and Action Pack Express.
New branches were opened in Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton, and Auckland. Head Office was moved from Nelson to Christchurch.

Late 1990’s

The Moving Company moved away from commercial furniture deliveries to focus on international relocations, large domestic moves, and storage services.
Branch locations were consolidated to the main port locations of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

We joined the FIDI Global Alliance and OMNI Global Network. These memberships cemented relationships with the world’s leading international moving companies in over 60 countries.

2001

The Moving Company was purchased by our current owner’s, enabling us to remain as a privately held and owner managed business. There were 40 full time staff and 20 removal vehicles at the time of acquisition.

2001- 2011

We took our first, of many subsequent deliveries, of over a hundred custom built, fit for purpose high cube shipping and storage containers to use on intercity moves and for storage of customers goods.

We received our first FAIM accreditation, the world’s only recognised, supreme seal of quality in the international moving industry. We still hold this accreditation today, being independently audited bi- annually by E&Y International.

We moved into our first design-built office and warehouse facilities in Christchurch and Auckland. Both being able to store containers three high inside the warehouse, a New Zealand industry first.

2011- 2022

We moved from a manual paper based system to Moveware, the world’s leading Move Management platform. This transformed the business, enabling the secure and seamless transfer of customer files, data, and vital information to our international service partners.

We Invested in a proprietary AI software application enabling our customers to get instant quotations by conducting their own in house surveys by cell phone or tablet.

In association with our removals group, we implemented an aggressive and on-going fleet upgrade. 25 long distance trucks were replaced with clean burning new units, which meet EURO 6 environmental standards.

During this period flat screen television cartons, bike cartons and hanging wardrobe cartons were introduced to provide added protection for our customers personal effects.

We adopted an aggressive waste reduction programme, for the re-use of packing materials, within our domestic operation. We now upcycle over 150 tonnes of packaging, annually.

In 2015 The Moving Company joined the country’s leading artists and designers as a major sponsor of Starship Children’s Hospitals ‘Big Egg Hunt.’ We moved, stored, delivered, and installed over100 giant eggs, right across New Zealand. The eggs were auctioned to raise over $200,000 for the children’s hospital.

We invested in HSE Connect a leading platform for managing & administrating all health, safety, and wellness activities across all branch locations.

We also introduced the industry’s only in-house truck driver training and licensing programme. Staff can now be taken safely through the driving grades from a car license to a full class 5 truck licenses in house.

On the 27th of March 2022 The Moving Company celebrated our 35th birthday. From humble beginnings we had grown to having a full- time staff of 150 and a fleet of over 80 removal trucks. Today, The Moving Company provide outstanding removal and storage services to every corner of Aotearoa New Zealand and over 140 countries, worldwide.

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