St­ing un­cov­ers build­ing site fail­ures

Waikato Times - - Business -

Prob­lems on con­struc­tion sites dis­cov­ered by an un­der­cover st­ing op­er­a­tion have come as no sur­prise to one builders’ group. Op­er­a­tion Land­ing vis­ited sites for new homes in Auck­land and found qual­i­fied builders miss­ing at four out of five venues in­spected plus a range of other prob­lems, in­clud­ing labour is­sues. The Labour In­spec­torate noted that nearly all sites fail­ing to meet em­ploy­ment obli­ga­tions were run by Chi­nese com­pa­nies. Thir­teen sites were to have been vis­ited by Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand and five peo­ple were de­ported. Cer­ti­fied Builders As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Brent Chat­ter­ton was not sur­prised by the st­ing’s re­sults, which he said were in part a func­tion of labour short­ages.

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