Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board update

Issue 41 – August 2012

Consultation on the review of the minimum standards for registration of overseas-trained tradespeople

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) is consulting on a proposal for new minimum standards for registration of overseas-trained tradespeople. The Board invites submissions on its proposal, which is available online for public consultation. Submissions close at 5pm on 14 August 2012.

Consultation on the discontinuance of the common examination 9194 as a minimum standard of registration as a certifying tradesperson

The PGDB proposes to discontinue the common examination 9194 as a minimum standard of registration as a certifying tradesperson. The PGDB proposes to include the competencies that were previously assessed by this examination in the trade specific certifying examinations 9195, 9196, and 9198. The Board invites submissions on its proposal, which is now available online for public consultation. Submissions close at 5pm on 14 August 2012.

Auckland man fined $2,113 for unauthorised plumbing

An Auckland man has been fined $2,113 for illegally carrying out sanitary plumbing at a home in the city. James Ta'avale, of New Lynn, was not authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) to assist with installing a toilet, shower, vanity, and associated pipework at the house in 2010.

As a result of defects in the work, sewage discharged from the pipework into the bathroom and a registered plumber and drainlayer had to be called in to undertake repairs. Mr Ta'avale had accompanied his father, Moses Tupua, to the house in Henderson to assist him with the work.

Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand and it is illegal for anyone to do this work unless they are authorised to do so by the PGDB.

Kern U'ren, Deputy Registrar of the PGDB, said: 'Any defective plumbing work can potentially cause disease to the occupants and significant damage to a home. We would like to remind New Zealanders that sanitary plumbing must not be carried out by an unauthorised person.

'All authorised tradespeople are required to carry their current authorisation card. We urge consumers to ask tradespeople for this card before any work commences so that they can be assured that the work is being done by an authorised and competent tradesperson.'

If a homeowner or building inspector believes that work has been done by someone who is not authorised, or has concerns about the competency of tradespeople, they can make a complaint to the Board.

Mr Ta'avale was sentenced in the Waitakere District Court on 9 July 2012.

Summarised from a Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board media release 12 July 2012.

 

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