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All work involving gas must be done by the book

15th December 2020 A gas explosion in Christchurch which left six people seriously injured and several properties uninhabitable serves as a warning to all gasfitters, says WorkSafe. All work with gas must be done by the book - because when things go wrong, the consequences can be grave. In July 2019, certifying gasfitter Gregory John Smith was... Read More »

WorkSafe reminds all businesses to take prohibition notices seriously

16th December 2020 - WORKSAFE WorkSafe is reminding businesses today that a failure to comply with WorkSafe notices can result in prosecution. Hobson Construction Limited were sentenced at the Auckland District Court today and ordered to pay a fine of $180,000 for exposing workers to a risk of a fall from height relating to work at a residential... Read More »

Christchurch gas explosion: Negligent tradesman stung $212,000

15th December 2020 – NZ Herald A gasfitter whose negligence caused a giant explosion that blew up a Christchurch house and caused serious injuries to five occupants has been ordered to pay more than $130,000 in compensation, and his company fined $82,500. Gregory John Smith, sole director of Christchurch-based plumbing and gasfitting... Read More »

Gasfitter to be sentenced over explosion in Christchurch house

15th December 2020 – RNZ A gasfitter charged after carrying out work at a Christchurch home a day before it exploded will be sentenced in the District Court today.   The man on the left is Gregory John Smith - the gasfitter involved in the case - and the other is his defence counsel Joseph Lill. (file image) Photo: RNZ / Sally... Read More »

Cause revealed of gas explosion that destroyed Christchurch house

5th December 2020 – STUFF A gas fitter who carried out work at a Christchurch home a day before it exploded and left several people seriously injured must pay more than $130,000 to the victims of the blast. The explosion in July 2019 rocked the suburb of Northwood, destroying a house and causing significant damage to several properties... Read More »

Polytechs bulging as record numbers sign up for apprenticeships

27th November 2020 - RNZ Polytechs are trying to make more space available as record numbers sign up for apprenticeships. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas The number of people signing up for apprenticeships has doubled to 17,000 after the government in June made them fees free for the next two-and-a-half years. Taumaloto Tiatia has always wanted... Read More »

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - November 2020

The year is nearly over but that does not mean things are winding down, in fact, talking to most of you it seems we are starting to awaken from all of the chaos that has occurred. It is a hard time of the year for many trying to get jobs finished that may have been pushed back due to Covid-19 or other delays. It also seems that many of us are in... Read More »


With the current drought in the Auckland region giving rise to various water restrictions, it is worth reviewing the different rules which apply to the collection and use of rainwater.There are four main types of tanksDetention Tanks - Detention tanks work by temporarily storing stormwater runoff during a rainfall event and then slowly... Read More »


This is a free industry event brought to you by Chesters, Allproof and Clenz. It is a must for the industry involved in trade waste.  In New Zealand the trade waste guideline vary or are extremely grey in areas. While the sizing is set out in the G13, 5l per seat in a venue, there are a lot of variables to choose from. If the EN... Read More »


OverviewAs part of the 2020 NZ Building Code update, there are changes to the G13/AS3 to reduce the likelihood of drain blockages and support the use of water efficient fixtures.These changes are intended to support updates made to AS/NZS 3500.2:2018 figure 4.9.1(a) 45° Junction at grade which reduces the probability of drain blockages... Read More »

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