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News Archive: April, 2021

President's Report - April 2021

Wow how time is flying and I hope everyone was able to have a great break over Easter and our Anzac Day long weekend. It only seems like yesterday that we were all locked down and could not celebrate these holidays due to Covid-19 so it was nice to be able to take time out.The CPD road shows are now starting back in full swing so please book a... Read More »

Top Tech Tip - Supervision Guidelines

This covers the following:• Supervision guidelines developed by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.• What supervision is and why it is important.• Important terms.• Who is responsible for supervision?• Key aspects to proper supervision.• Persons who must be supervised when carrying out restricted... Read More »

There is no reason New Zealand can't lead the world on health and safety

28th April 2021 - WorksafeToday marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work and International Workers’ Memorial Day.  It is a day that WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes says should not be passed over like any other. More than 500 people have gone to work and not come home again in the last 10 years according to WorkSafe data. ... Read More »

PGD Board Announces Chief Executive Resignation

27th April 2021 - Plumbrs, Gasfitters and drainlayers Board The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), today announced that Chief Executive, Martin Sawyers had resigned. He leaves the organisation on 28 May 2021, to take up a role as Chief Executive of The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).PGDB Chair, Nick... Read More »

Plumbing Hardware Market Overview

20th April 2021 - News Winter If you are or plan to be interested in the Plumbing Hardware industry, then this study will give you a detailed perspective. It is important that you keep your industry awareness segmented by Residential, Hotels, Others, Towel Rack, Shower, Soap Holders, Toilet Brushes and Holders, Others and key players... Read More »

Strong Sales lead Skellerup to lift profit forecast

19th April 2021 - Star NewsRubber goods manufacturer Skellerup has significantly increased its forecast profit on the back of strong sales. This story was first published by RNZ The company is expecting a full year profit of between $37 million and $39m, compared with last year's $29.1m. Based in Christchurch, Skellerup opened its first retail... Read More »

Ban on lead in drinking water plumbing needed - environmental expert

18th April 2021 - RNZ Lead should be phased out of plumbing for drinking water in New Zealand, an environmental expert says. Photo: 123RF The call comes on the heel of a Ministry of Health report into lead contamination found in East Otago drinking water supplies. The report, released at the end of March, says better... Read More »

Water NZ hopes lead report findings will lead to better monitoring and regulation

17th April 2021 - RNZ A group representing the water sector hopes the findings of a report into lead contamination in East Otago results in better monitoring and regulation. Photo: 123RF  A do not drink notice remains in effect in Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village, after intermittent spikes in the level of... Read More »

Lead response deemed timely

17th April 2021 - Otago Daily Times The health response to lead contamination of East Otago water supplies has been deemed timely and appropriate, but a review has highlighted communication problems were a hindrance. The review for the Ministry of Health praises the timeliness of the decision to tell residents of Waikouaiti, Karitane and... Read More »

Lead Scare: Water warnings found to be timely, source still unclear

16th April 2021 - Otago Daily Times A review into the health response to lead contamination of East Otago water supplies has found warnings to the affected communities were issued at the right time. However, recommended changes include ensuring better reporting by water suppliers and a review of the process for public health units to get expert... Read More »

Oil and Gasfitting Market

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Auckland drainlayer's truck, digger, 'entire livelihood' stolen while checking out job

1st April 2021 - NZ Herald An Auckland drainlayer's faith in humanity has been shattered after his truck and digger - his "livelihood" - were stolen opportunistically. Titirangi-based Craig Hodgkinson had toiled away over the past three years to build up his business, and after a hard year with Covid-19 lockdowns was just getting back up on his... Read More »

Gas Industry Meeting - Hosted by Chesters 13th April 2021

The future of gas is safe After listening to Angela Ogier of Firstgas Group and Ray Ferner from Rinnai, I am confident gas in NZ will continue. This all came about from when the Climate Change Commission (CCC) released a draft proposal to the Government. The CCC are mandated to provide advice to government on the required reductions in emissions... Read More »


Firstly, I’d like to wish all of you a very Happy Easter and I hope that we all can take time off our busy schedules to enjoy family time.This month has been incredibly busy for our Association and I would like to remind all of you that it is time to re license and check our supervision of staff. Re licensing is often overlooked and done... Read More »

TOP TECH TIP - NZ Building Code and Acceptable Solutions

Plumbers and Drainlayers in particular should be familiar with the legal requirement that all building work (which includes plumbing and drainlaying) must comply with the Building Code. (S40 Building Act 2004).There is however much lea common understanding of what is meant by the terms “acceptable solution” and “alternative... Read More »

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