Build­ing car­tel

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


Re­cently Sir Richard Tay­lor of Weta Work­shop fame was de­scribed as ‘‘em­body­ing the Kiwi ‘No 8 wire’ men­tal­ity’’.

The Li­censed Build­ing Prac­ti­tioner leg­is­la­tion puts a ma­jor nail in the cof­fin of that very No 8 wire men­tal­ity.

This leg­is­la­tion al­ter­na­tively makes me sick in the guts, or livid, not only be­cause it hits me per­son­ally, but be­cause of the chains the so­cial­ists of both fas­cist and Marx­ist va­ri­eties in the New Zealand Par­lia­ment and Big Build­ing have bound our unique coun­try with.

Cen­tralised po­lit­i­cal plan­ning and con­trol does not work for one sim­ple rea­son among a num­ber: the ‘‘plan­ners’’ never know enough to plan things prop­erly. This leg­is­la­tion pur­ports to be about ‘‘stan­dards’’, ‘‘com­pe­tency’’, and so on, but is in fact a ma­jor ad­vance for the above-men­tioned tyranny and over­throw of lib­erty.

It cre­ates a state-man­dated build­ing car­tel (with stiff penal­ties for vi­o­la­tions) which will raise prices, bar en­trance to and so re­duce em­ploy­ment, de­crease con­sumer op­tions, sti­fle creativ­ity and per­sonal ini­tia­tive (No 8 wire stuff), im­pact sig­nif­i­cantly on small builders (means I can’t do work I have done for 35 years and am highly skilled in – un­less I have mul­ti­ple li­cences, which cost), out­law much DIY, and put pro­duc­tive, creative, en­tre­pre­neur­ial peo­ple yet fur­ther un­der the suf­fo­cat­ing, sti­fling con­trol of med­dling un­pro­duc­tives – state bu­reau­crats – who don’t give a damn

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