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About us

Party up had its beginnings in 1969 when John Mikkelsen purchased a machinery hire company (City Hire Centre) at 74 Waldegrave Street in Palmerston North.


In 1981, John and his wife Susan saw an opportunity to hire out party equipment. They purchased the house next door to the business and converted it into a party hire showroom, storage facility and installed a commercial dishwasher.

In 1984 their son Richard (now Managing Director of Party Up Ltd) joined the company and started working in the party hire division of City Hire Centre.

Today, Party Up Ltd is the Manawatu's premier marquee and event/party hire company. Marquee weddings and events are our specialty, so we only hire quality New Zealand made marquees that are built for our diverse and changing weather patterns.

We are members of HIANZ (Hire Industry Association of New Zealand) and erect our marquees in accordance with the best practice guide as written by the Hire Association.

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"I would like to take this opportunity to thank your staff for their excellent help and customer service. 


I hired two tables from you last weekend and right from the moment I walked into your store to the time I called to arrange the refund of my deposit, I was always treated very well.  Even though it was such a small sale, your team was very helpful, courteous and friendly. 


I felt like I was an important customer to you, even though it was a small scale.


Thank you everyone very much. Good customer service is rare these days, and I think you all deserve a pat on the back. 


I will definitely be recommending you to my friends and family. 


Many thanks again. 


Sarah P.

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