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New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association Inc

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Calls for tougher rules around home plumbing after lead contamination in drinking water

February 19th 2021 – 1 News The issue’s been brought to light by a contamination scare in east Otago. Source: 1 NEWS The issue has been brought to light by a contamination scare in East Otago, and the high lead levels discovered in some of the local resident’s blood. Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury residents know better than... Read More »

Contractors accidentally pour 2000 tonnes of cement-like grout into Auckland water main

15th February 2021 – NZ Herald Workers install the new Hunua 4 pipeline in Onehunga, Auckland. Screenshot / Watercare About 2000 tonnes of cement-like grout have blocked up a big new water main pipe in central Auckland. It is having to be dug out after a big pour on the $400 million Hunua 4 water supply project went wrong. It appears the... Read More »

Climate change report: Gasfitters fear for their businesses while consumers rethink installations

4th February 2021 – STUFF   The Climate Change Commission's first report has been released, with a raft of targets proposed to cut emissions. Homeowners are rethinking or cancelling gas installations following the proposed ban on new gas connections to homes and buildings from 2025. Gasfitters and plumbers are in shock that a ban on new... Read More »


I hope you all had a great Christmas and holiday break. I wish you all a Happy New Year from myself and our team. Let’s hope this year brings very little unforeseen surprises for us all.Our membership is growing and with this we are now looking at ways we can send out information and improve communications. We have started posting your... Read More »

TOP TECH TIP - The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide has no taste or smell, therefore it can often be unnoticeable until it’s too late; and unfortunately, in NZ there have been a number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning that could have been avoided.A recent tragedy where a young boy is reported to have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning highlights the need for... Read More »

Mother's agony at gasfitter's fatal shower mistake: 'You killed my son'

NZ Herald – January 27th 2021 The last photo of Jesse Samuel, a selfie taken while out white-baiting the night before he died. Photo / Supplied The mother of a boy who died from carbon monoxide poisoning after a gasfitter signed off a hot water unit that shouldn't have been installed says the tragedy wasn't an accident and was... Read More »

Gasfitter Michael Cartwright fined thousands over negligence that led to death of Jesse Samuel

NZ Herald – 27th January 2021 Twelve-year-old Jesse Samuel died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a gas-powered shower at his family's Haast holiday home. Photo / Supplied A gasfitter whose negligence led to the death of a 12-year-old boy will pay his family $70,000. Michael Cartwright and Central Plumbing Limited – which trades as... Read More »

Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

ABC News – 25th January 2021 Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said “Higher concentrations of the COVID-19 virus were also found in sewage samples, prompting fears... Read More »

Gas-fitter never inspected work before 12-year-old's fatal shower

STUFF – 23rd January 2021 The gas unit complete came with a warning label over its installation. A 12-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning after a gas-fitter signed off a hot water unit that never should have been installed in the bathroom the boy used. Jesse Samuel, of Alexandra, was found slumped in a small shower unit at his... Read More »

Covid-19 contributes to shortage of plumbing, electrical and glass supplies

RNZ – 19th January 2021 A shortage of building supplies is preventing the construction sector from delivering projects on time and within budget. Electrical supplies are among the materials that are getting harder to obtain. Photo: 123RF  Plumbing, electrical and glass suppliers are reporting difficulties getting their hands... Read More »

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