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