Gov­ern­ment dereg­u­la­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Re­fer­ring to the let­ter ‘An­swers please’ by Alan Bloom­field (Fe­bru­ary 21), coun­cil­lors Ken Dou­glas and Euon Mur­rell were cor­rect in their re­ply.

The Gov­ern­ment dereg­u­la­tion of the build­ing in­dus­try and the fail­ure of the Build­ing In­dus­try Au­thor­ity (BIA) was the cat­a­lyst of the leak­ing build­ings.

The gov­ern­ment ax­ing of the Min­istry of Works, Rail­ways, Maori and Is­land Af­fairs ap­pren­tice­ship schemes, leav­ing only pri­vate en­ter­prise to train up ap­pren­tices, con­trib­uted to the lack of skilled trades­men.

The coun­cil­lors failed to men­tion the role the Build­ing Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand (BRANZ), who are still trad­ing as a gov­ern­ment crown en­tity. The ma­jor­ity of the new cladding sys­tems used on the trou­ble­some homes were tested and ap­proved by BRANZ.

This ap­praisal sys­tem was mooted by the BIA who en­cour­aged the coun­cils through­out New Zealand to al­low their use as an ‘al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion’. Some­how BRANZ have never been made ac­count­able and have man­aged to dis­tance them­selves from any weather-tight­ness claims.

I do not agree with the coun­cil­lors that the new leg­is­la­tion be­ing brought in by the Depart­ment of Build­ing and Hous­ing on li­censed build­ing prac­ti­tion­ers will be ad­van­ta­geous to the home­owner.

The sys­tem will lessen the amount of in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tions car­ried out by the coun­cils and quote ‘‘give more ac­count­abil­ity’’ to the li­censed build­ing prac­ti­tioner.

Un­for­tu­nately, as the li­censed

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