[ 27 April 2021 ] The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), today announced that Chief Executive, Martin Sawyers had resigned. He leaves the organisation on 28 May 2021, to take up a role as Chief Executive of The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).
[10-03-2021] 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 Auckland District Court, Michael Mullany, was sentenced to a $6,000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work without authorisation, and employing an unauthorised person to do or assist.
[19-01-2021] In the Christchurch District Court, Junbert Dagaas, was sentenced to a $3,000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing and electrical work without authorisation and was ordered to pay $1,500 in reparation to the homeowner. Mr Dagaas carried out a plumbing and building renovation bathroom alterations at an Addington residence, which included replacing the toilet, running pipes for the shower mixer, moving the shower drain, and carrying out plumbing to the vanity, including the drain.
[30 September 2020] In the Rotorua District Court, Adrian Cunningham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $2,250 fine for carrying out restricted gasfitting work without authorisation and was ordered to pay $130 in Court costs, $113 solicitor fees and to pay reparation to the complainant of $763.55.
[13 July 2020] Making those small renovation changes to add value to your property may have a very different ‘big impact’ on your asset and finances than you expect. Before you DIY or carry out that renovation project check it’s legal first.
[ 18 June 2020 ] While gas explosions seem like they are not that common, when they do happen, they leave a trail of destruction in their wake – and can cause death. To stay safe and avoid the risk, always use a registered and licensed tradesperson.
[ 27-05-2020 ] In the Wellington District Court, Rodney Baker was convicted and fined $2,625 for carrying out unauthorised sanitary plumbing work, and fined a further $2,625 for employing another to do unauthorised sanitary plumbing. Mr Baker was also issued with a reparation order to be paid of $2,184. Operating under the business name of RB Property Maintenance Limited, Mr Baker completed a bathroom renovation, generally involving all plumbing work associated with the sanitary fixtures. The unfixing and fixing of two toilets, a basin, shower, bath, associated fittings, water supply pipes and waste pipes. Mr Baker and a labourer he employed to assist with the renovation were not registered or licensed to carry out this work.
[ 27 April 2020 ] While it isn’t hard to search the internet or use social media to find advice or potential tradespeople to call - knowing what is legal and who to trust is important. The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) is reminding homeowners who are resuming home renovation projects under the Level 3 Alert environment that the repercussions of using the wrong people are costly.
[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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