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Rally NZ Media Release, March 2019

Omega Rental Cars supporting Rally New Zealand

Rally New Zealand is excited to announce a new partnership with Omega Rental Cars. Recognised as one of the largest and most trusted independent rental car companies in New Zealand, Omega Rental Cars has always had a connection to motorsport. Owners Andrew Brown & Simon Sceats first formed the company in 1993 after purchasing what was then a very small rental car business from Scott Dixon’s father, who needed more time and money to dedicate to his son’s burgeoning motor racing career. Sceats has earned a number of prestigious titles himself, including the NZ Production Car Championship in 2007/2008 and again in 2010/2011.

‘We have always been interested in supporting the local motorsport community, and Rally New Zealand is a great partner for us, as the rally community travel all around the country and often need to pick up a rental car when they land in the North or South Island’ says Sceats.

Rally New Zealand Chief Executive Paul Mallard says ‘We are thrilled to have Omega Rental Cars onboard as a partner for the 2019 rally season. The support they provide us will ensure that we have vehicles for key volunteers and officials to get to, and around, events’.

Omega Rental Cars has branches across New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Nelson, Picton and Blenheim. Offering an up front and honest reliable car rental service, affordable rental car rates and a modern fleet of vehicles, they are now one of the largest and most trusted independent rental car companies in New Zealand.

Omega Rental cars will be offering the rally community special rates for 2019, which is a great bonus for teams and volunteers. ‘We see that there is a great tie in to the New Zealand Rally Championship rounds and the Omega branch locations – teams or officials can fly from one island to the other, pick up a car for a discounted rate in say Auckland or Christchurch and then drive on to the rounds’ says Mallard. ‘The offer will be available not just on rally trips, but for holidays or business trips as well’ Sceats adds.

The special offer will be available soon via the Rally New Zealand Facebook page and emailed out to teams and volunteers, and other opportunities will be explored throughout 2019.



Media Release, March 2018

Omega Rental Cars, the alpha in child car seat recycling

A nationwide car rental company has become the first to commit to recycling their child car seats through the SeatSmart programme.

Omega Rental Cars approached SeatSmart, which is run by resource recovery specialists 3R Group, in late February to find a better solution for their unwanted and expired seats. As a result, all the seats will be recycled, rather than go to landfill.

“We would love to see all car seats properly recycled and encourage others to follow suit,” Omega Rental Cars Chief Executive Simon Sceats says. The company provides free child car seats and booster seats for their customers, a service which is well used, Mr Sceats says.

Omega replace around 50-100 seats each year, either due to their condition or because they have reached their expiry date. “Obviously, that’s a lot of unnecessary waste if they simply end up in the landfill,” he says.

“We believe the seat recycling scheme is an excellent idea and have committed to this process nationwide. We would love to see all car seats properly recycled and encourage others to follow suit.”

SeatSmart programme manager Toni Bye says it is great to have Omega take the lead. “Child car seats are made up of highly recyclable materials and Omega is showing real leadership in terms of sustainability by preventing these materials from going to landfill,” she says.

SeatSmart was launched nationally in April 2016 and overall has collected nearly 7,500 seats, which equates to approximately 29,000kg of recyclable materials. SeatSmart also encourages parents and caregivers to check the expiry dates of their children’s seats.

At least 40,000 child car seats reach their end-of-life each year in New Zealand.  Most end up in a landfill, despite around 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable.

The programme has collection sites at 32 locations in eight regions around the country, with a $10 fee (RRP) to cover recycling costs. Some regions have reduced costs thanks to council subsidies. For more on the programme visit

Car seat recycling

Omega Rental Cars Chief Executive Simon Sceats with one of the child car seats which they will send for recycling through SeatSmart, rather than to landfill. Photo: Supplied/Omega Rental Cars


3 Feb 2015:  DriveSafe logo no backgroundLast week the NZ Rental Vehicle Association (RVA) and the NZ Tourisim Industry Association (TIA) launched a combined initiative - the Drivesafe website - designed to help visitors to New Zealand safely enjoy their self-drive holiday.  We encourage all our customers to take a look at the website at

Driving is a great way to experience all New Zealand has to offer. But driving in New Zealand may be unlike driving in other countries. This site provides basic information about New Zealand road rules and etiquette, along with links to more details about everything that those unfamiliar with our roads need to know.

The site has three sections:

We encourage visitors to return to the site at each stage of their trip for more guidance and ideas.