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New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association Inc

New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters
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News Archive: July, 2015


President's Report (Newsflush, July 2015)

Hello to all of our members, Welcome to winter. I am sure you will all have had the problems that come with the cold weather; staff who think it’s better to stay in a warm bed, van batteries that have died in the cooler weather and low pressure hot water cylinders that burst for unknown reasons (frozen exhausts and relief valve... Read More »

Tech Top Tip (Newsflush, July 2015)

Tech Top Tip (aka Technical or Topical Tip) involves a member from the Exec offering his thought, opinion, view, comment on any technical or topical issue relating to our industry and more importantly relevant to you.  This issue, Ross Collins-Wright offers some insight about a mystery banging sound in a hot water pipe that he dealt with... Read More »

New life members inaugurated (Newsflush, July 2015)

On Friday 26 June 2015 friends and families gathered to dine at the Surrey Hotel in Central Auckland to commemorate the lifetime membership awards to Barrie Wilkie and Brett Mattson.  President Chris Heley said of the occasion, “Barrie and Brett are true role models and outstanding champions of our trade.  It was an honour to... Read More »

Barrie's blast from the past (Newsflush, July 2015)

Debi asked me to write something on changes that I have seen in the past 20 years – let’s make that 60 years! When I signed up for my apprenticeship the term was for 12000 hrs (about six years) and this was in 1954. Under the Plumbers Gasfitters Act at that time, once an apprentice had completed 9000 hrs, they had the opportunity to... Read More »

Thirty seven percent! (Newsflush, July 2015)

Whoa! that’s the telling statistic reported in InfoBrief (June 2015, pp 4-5), the PGDB’s latest newsletter, citing the plumbing industry’s incidents of harm caused by asbestos contamination.  Click here to read the PGDB’s pertinent article on Asbestos awareness (InfoBrief, June 2015), definitely words to heed.... Read More »