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