House con­sents

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Your front page story ‘‘Unique home up for sale’’ (KMN, March 6), about the ship­ping-con­tainer house in Tawa, claims ‘‘a whole team of coun­cil re­source con­sent plan­ners was as­signed to the house, and ap­proval took months’’.

We don’t want to be churl­ish about what is oth­er­wise a pos­i­tive story – but the claim about the coun­cil’s in­volve­ment is mis­lead­ing. Your story con­fuses re­source con­sents and build­ing con­sents (and, ad­mit­tedly, a lot of peo­ple are con­fused by the jar­gon).

Yes, the build­ing con­sent process for the house took some months but this is un­der­stand­able. There aren’t a lot of peo­ple around town who are ex­pe­ri­enced in build­ing houses out of ship­ping con­tain­ers. And it’s not as easy as it sounds. Cut­ting holes in the con­tain­ers for win­dows and other fea­tures im­me­di­ately com­pro­mises their strength

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