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The Vanguard Journey.

30-plus years delivering best-in-class safety solutions and advice.

Leaving nothing to chance since 1991.

From the very beginning when the McLean family started to supply line-marking paint to schools and factories in 1991, we’ve focused on safety solutions and advice that leave nothing to chance.

Along the way, we have expanded our product and service portfolios to address new and complex safety challenges, building a company now recognised as the industry-leading nationwide supplier of end-to-end safety solutions.

Today, the next generation of McLeans – brothers Craig, Gareth, and Brendan – lead the family business, embracing an unwavering commitment to the safety and efficiency of our clients.

Our journey.

Since 1991 Vanguard has stood between clients and harm.


The journey begins: Supplying line-marking paint to schools and factories.


Secure NZ agency for UK’s Oxford Safety Products. Expand premises.


Expansion: Introduce environmental leading Soppec marking paints to NZ.


Continued growth: Add global partners and carpark management products.


Next generation: Brothers Craig, Gareth, and Brendan take the reins.


Measuring what matters to our clients – Implemented Net Promoter Score


Product range expansion: Secure NZ agency for Slow Stop energy absorbing bollards from USA


Further expansion: Secure NZ agency for D-Flexx flexible barrier systems from Denmark


Bigger NZ Footprint: Secure Move to new purpose-built offices and distribution warehouse in Wellington, establish Auckland presence.

Happy Days: Win TinyPulse Award for happiest workplace in wholesale sector.


New alliance: Tru-Gard appoint Vanguard as sole partners of NZ-made Tru-Gard Barriers and Bollards

Vanguard innovation.

Vanguard – noun; a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas.

Much has changed since the early days at Vanguard. As our clients’ businesses have evolved and others have joined the Vanguard family, we’ve continued to grow and broaden.

Our 30-year legacy of work tells us what works well; but our pursuit of better solutions and approaches for our clients is ongoing. It is this appetite for innovation that ensures we’re at the forefront of market changes, new products, and emerging best practices.

Keeping connected.

Vanguard works with clients and partners to jointly develop new products and ever-smarter solutions.

We also attend key industry trade events – including leading global trade exhibitions showcasing emerging mobility and traffic technologies, keeping us at the vanguard of safety.

Your safety is in expert hands

For 30-plus years Vanguard has kept people and organisations moving safely. Here is a selection of companies who trust Vanguard to remove chance and guesswork from safety.

Read our live client reviews.


Please contact us for any questions or solutions advice.

With over 45 years experience on the team, we have the knowledge and experience required to offer you the right solution for your situation.

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With over 45 years experience on the team, we have the knowledge and experience required to offer you the right solution.

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