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Sorting the pros from the cons

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Vital to your family's health and safety

The right steps to take

  • Kiwis love DIY, and we're all for it.  But there are good reasons why you must use a qualified plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer in most circumstances.   


  • Your home is a complex network of pipes and fittings that mix high pressures, high temperatures, gas, electricity and many other high-risk hazards which are dangerous and could potentially put your family's health and safety under threat if handled incorrectly.

  • The above are all good reasons way it is illegal in NZ to carry out restricted sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work without authorisation from the Board.   In regulating the trades the Board seeks to safeguard the health and safety of people, their property and the environment.  They ensure tradespeople are experienced and competent.  

  • The Board and The NZ Insurance Council NZ warn mistakes are costly, and you could void your insurance.  

Sorting the pros from the cons 

  • So who can you trust?  Everyone authorised to undertake restricted sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work must carry their NZ Practising Licence and are required to produce it when asked.  

So call a professional and make sure they really are one - ask to see their card.

Contact the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Phone: 0800 743 262, Email:, Post: PO Box 10655, The Terrace, Wellington 6143
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