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News Archive: January, 2021


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 »

Monster fatbergs found clogging up Whakatane sewer

STUFF – January 15th 2021 Monster fatbergs discovered in a Whakatane sewer will take days to remove and cost ratepayers thousands. What was expected to be a one-day job on Wednesday will now stretch into next week with Whakatane District Council staff discovering there is more than one fatberg blocking the pump station on the corner of... Read More »

New Year Honours: The full list of 2021

NZ Herald - 31st December 2020 This year 154 people have been recognised for serving their community or a significant achievement. Nice to see Colleen Mary Upton of Trentham, Upper Hutt on the 2021 New Year Honours list for services to the plumbing and gasfitting industry and women. read more  ... Read More »

TOP TECH TIP - S40 of the Building Act 2004

In previous issues I have noted the disturbing number of plumbers and drainlayers who risk their licenses by undertaking illegal and unconsented building work, that is work that requires a Building Consent for which no consent is obtained.Practitioners are reminded that S40 of the Building Act 2004 clearly states:40 Buildings not to be... Read More »



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