[25 March 2020] Plumbers, glaziers and other tradespeople will still be available for urgent work during the level 4 lockdown, where there's an immediate threat to health and safety. The emphasis is on essential repairs, not those that can wait for another day and pose no immediate threat to health and safety. Ensure that you stay safe and don't fall into the trap of using unlicensed people: ask to [see] a NZ practising licence or search the public register of registered and licensed tradespeople.
[ 25 March 2020 ] The COVID-19 Alert Level will become Level 4 on Wednesday 25 March at 11:59pm. This means that all businesses will be closed except for essential services and lifeline utilities. Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying services will remain operational on an essential services basis. For our industry, essential services means work related to critical infrastructure, or services immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work.
[15-01-2020] In the Hastings District Court, a man was sentenced to a $2,000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing and gasfitting work without authorisation . He carried out bedroom and bathroom alterations at a Hastings residence. He was not a registered and licensed plumber or gasfitter and the work was found to be substandard and dangerous. The health and safety risks are high - and you may be invalidating your insurance policy. Only authorised tradespeople who carry a current NZ Practising Licence can carry out this work.
[11-12-2019] In the Taupo District Court, a man has been sentenced to a $1,200 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work. He told the property owner that he was a licensed plumber, but she did not ask him to show her his NZ Practising Licence. It is important for homeowners to stay safe and avoid risk. It takes one simple action – ask to sight a licence card. It states the credentials of a tradesperson and the type of work they are authorised to carry out.
[02-05-2019] The PGDB cautions homeowners today not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct plumbing work for home maintenance or renovation projects.
Yesterday in the Hamilton District Court after submitting a guilty plea, a man was sentenced to a $2000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work without authorisation. He was ordered to pay $130 in Court costs and $226 for solicitor’s fees,
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