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So what’s with the pressure cuffs? Got a bad back?

I have for years being going to see Martin at Newtown Osteopathy from time to time whenever I’ve had back, shoulder, or neck problems. I’ve always found Martin to be able to get things sorted out in a couple of visits, depending on if I stick to the exercises he gives me 😉

Some of the exercises he prescribes involves using some basic equipment such as wobble boards and towels, and some involve using blood pressure cuffs to give the patient bio-feedback on the exercise.

Hence all the pressure cuffs on the site. Newtown Osteopathy rent out a few bits and pieces of gear to their patients to help them do their exercises, so they have put their pressur cuffs on the site to be able to (a) keep track of who’s got them booked out and (b) allow patients to book them online.


So if you’ve got any back, neck, or shoulder problems, go see Martin. They are at 67 Rintoul St Newtown Wellington. Phone number: 0-4-389 7702.

We’ll be introducing some new features to the site soon so they won’t need to list all of the cuffs, but just one and state how many they have.

A question. Would you like to be able to book a session with Martin or one of his osteopaths on the Hire Things website?

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Welcome Handy Rentals Wellington – for utes, vans, and trucks

Handy Logo

We’d like to welcome aboard another pioneering rental business… Handy Rentals in Wellington. They rent out a range of cargo vans, flat-deck utes, and move-it-yourself trucks. Most of the vehicles don’t require anything more than a standard drivers licence to operate. They also sell and finance vehicles like this if you have a longer term need for a commercial vehicle.

So next time you want to rent a ute / flatbed truck, a mini cargo-van, or a truck to move, then Handy Rentals are a great place to look. Have a look at the variety of vehicles and renting options they have.

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More gear for your next party or wedding

The Wellington serving jukebox and karaoke hire / rental business, Rockbox Party Hire has just added lots of cool party gear onto Hire Things.

These include their Digital jukebox and karaoke system, their lots-of-fun Bubble machines, the Little JB99 Jukebox, Black lights, and rope lights.

Check out this combined digital karaoke and jukebox is a do it yourself entertainment centre, with 2 400 w powered speakers, a karaoke mixer, x 2 microphones, song books, and the screen.

Digital jukebox and karaoke systems

And bubble machines are a great alternative to smoke machines if you have any concerns about smoke alarms or just don’t like the smoke!

Bubble Machine

They’ve got a wide selection of entertainment gear for parties, and Shaun who runs it is very accomodating to whatever your function needs.

You can see all his listings of party sound and lighting equipment here.

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Hire Things rocks people already!

In my listing of things you can hire from me, you’ll find a listing for a stainless steel Pacsafe safety mesh which you put around backpacks to lock them up safely.

I have just received a booking through Hire Things for this for all of April (from someone out of the blue). I asked the person making the booking how they found out about the site. His response…

“You’ll be pleased to know that I was trying to find a cheap place to buy a Pacsafe protector, and did a google on “Pacsafe” (limited to NZ) and your site was at the very top! It never occured to me that I might find one for rent – nice work there, it was just above trade me. Trademe is probably how we’ll get our second one for the trip. :)”

“…your site was at the very top!… it was just above trade me.” – Not bad eh!

HireThings google results for pacsafe

The other thing here is the role of Hire Things in providing a “long tail” of things for hire that one would not find through traditional channels… “It never occured to me that I might find one for rent – nice work there

What have you got you can hire out from time to time?

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Free advertising for hire / rental companies

We have just released a very basic hire directory feature into Let Use It, our hope being to ensure that people browsing around the site will always find a way to get hold of what they want to use.

We would hope that they find what they want in the location they want, in the category they are browsing. But if they don’t find what they want, we are including listings for hire companies in that area that may fit that category.

So for example, if you browse the portable toilets for hire category, you will often see at the bottom of the listings the “Let Use It hire directory”, with an ad for Port-a-loo by hirepool. At this point, since there are no portable toilets listed, this may be helpful to someone.
Port-a-loo ad

Similarly if you look at the Wellington listings of fencing, barriers, guards for hire category, you’ll see a small ad for a local company, Portable Fence Hire.
Portable Fence Hire ad

The ads are location and category specific, so if your browsing all of New Zealand, then you’ll only see ads for companies that are nationawide. You won’t see ads for hire companies that only service one or two specific regions or cities unless you are browsing in that location.

So if you are a hire or rental company, group, or club, and you would like a free ad in the Let Use It hire directory, then email and let me know what categories and locations you serve. We would encourage you to register and list things for hire, but that is up to you 🙂

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Show off your listings

On Let Use It you can have items you list as visible to the public, visible only to those in your Trust Network, or not visible to anyone.

When you view a listing, you’ll now see a link to see the other listings of that member. For example, check out the things you can borrow or hire off Peter in Central Wellington. If you are not logged in when viewing this list you’ll only see Peter’s items he’s set as public. If you log in and are part of his Trust Network then you will also see things he has set as only visible to his Trust Network.

Great for hire businesses and clubs

This feature is really useful if you or your business, group, or club want to promote your own listings… you can link directly to your list by putting a link on your blog or website to http://www.letuseit/username (whatever your Let Use It username is). So for another example, the link to the listings of the Wellington Ruby on Rails user group, it would be

You can turn this listing off in you Let Use It profile (see “my Let Use It”) if you don’t want other’s to be able to see a list of your public listings.

What have you got in your list?

PS: usernames have just been introduced. New members will be asked to choose a username. For existing members who registered as organisations, your username is your organisation. For individuals, your username has been made up from your first and last name. If you really don’t like your username, then contact us and we can change it for you (just this once). Unlike TradeMe, we will still be showing first and last names on user profiles as the basis of Let Use It is trust and credibility, and we all deal in the real world with our real names.

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Attention all photographers and the video/film industry

Check out our photographic section for equipment you can hire around New Zealand.  Sure beats buying every piece of gear you just need for special jobs don’t you think? 

And if you have some gear you don’t use all the time, think about listing it for hire or loan by other photographers.  You can view member’s profiles before agreeing to any loan booking request, and you can ask them about themself before proceeding.

And all you in the film and video industry, Let Use It may just be the place you need to hire out or hire in that expensive professional equipment.

 Save money and make money by hiring and lending through Let Use It 🙂

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