Skip over navigation
New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association Inc

New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters
Association Inc

News Archive: July, 2019


President's Report - July 2019

A warm welcome to all our members and to all who read our News Flush.First, I would like to talk about the gas incident in Christchurch and how this may impact our industry in the future. A gas explosion of this nature and with so much media coverage can cause panic amongst your customers out there so just reassure them that these accidents are... Read More »

Chester's Trade Show Photo Board

Chester's Trade Show Photo BoardGreat night had by all who attended the Chester's Trade Show 2nd July 2019 @ Trust Arena ... Read More »

Top Tech Tip - Minimum Falls

Minimum Falls Plumbing as an industry covers very many different types of work encompassing many industries and specialisations, and is always evolving. There is far more specialisation in the larger centers, but in the smaller cities and towns in New Zealand plumbers still work in traditional areas and generally have a far wider range of skills... Read More »

Emerging Issue of Accelerated Silicosis in New Zealand

Emerging Issue of Accelerated Silicosis in New Zealand WorkSafe has recently commenced targeted assessment visits of workplaces that work with engineered stone benchtops. The focus of the visits is to ensure businesses are aware of the risks and have adequate protection for their workers, and to identify any necessary remedial actions they are... Read More »

The Block NZ: Potential $50k fine for non-compliant gas installation

The Block NZ: Potential $50k fine for non-compliant gas installation Stuff – 26th July 2019 The suspended gas bottle seen on the set of The Block NZ this week has sparked an investigation by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. A jury-rigged gas installation on the set of The Block NZ may have landed Mediaworks... Read More »

Christchurch gas explosion prompts surge in calls to gasfitters

Christchurch gas explosion prompts surge in calls to gasfitters RNZ – 25th July 2019 Gasfitters are seeing a surge in customers wanting their gas systems checked after the explosion in Christchurch which levelled a house and damaged nine others. The explosion last Friday left six people injured and a house... Read More »

The Block NZ: Gas experts slam The Block NZ's non-compliance

The Block NZ: Gas experts slam The Block NZ's non-compliance STUFF – 25th July 2019 Gas experts say a suspended gas bottle seen on The Block NZ set in Kingsland, Auckland, is non-compliant for a number of reasons. The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board says it has been made aware of this incorrect installation and will be... Read More »

Christchurch house explosion: gasfitters busy for weeks

Christchurch house explosion: gasfitters busy for weeks STUFF – 25th July 2019 Many customers are worried about their gas systems after an explosion levelled a house in Christchurch and damaged nine others last Friday. Gasfitters across New Zealand have received an influx of calls from concerned customers regarding their gas... Read More »

Explosive mystery: What caused Christchurch blast?

Explosive mystery: What caused Christchurch blast? 24th July 2019 – NZ Herald Focus: Walkthrough of the devastation caused by the gas explosion in Northwood, Christchurch. Video / Amber Allott Five days after a giant gas explosion reduced a Christchurch home to ruins, experts outside an official investigation are still at a loss to... Read More »

Gasfitters warn after Christchurch explosion: Check before you light gas

Gasfitters warn after Christchurch explosion: Check before you light gas NZ Herald – 19th July 2019 Focus Live: Christchurch gas blast - Six people have been injured and rushed to hospital Gasfitters say the Christchurch gas explosion is a reminder of the need to check for gas leaks before lighting any gas appliance. Plumbers,... Read More »

Why we need school leavers to pick up a hammer

Why we need school leavers to pick up a hammer RNZ - 22nd July 2019 As the construction industry cries out for workers, that attitude is one it is desperately trying to change. But it’s fighting an uphill battle against parents who want a high-flying or prestigious career for their children; and teachers and school counsellors who put... Read More »

Farmers, tradies angered by Government's proposed fees for high-emissions vehicles

Farmers, tradies angered by Government's proposed fees for high-emissions vehicles 17th July 2019 – News Hub   The Government's proposal to slap gas-guzzling cars with an import fee in a bid to get more people to buy clean, green vehicles is being slammed by farmers and tradies. For plumbers like Glen Burr, the work ute is an... Read More »

Solar energy for wastewater an exciting landmark

Solar energy for wastewater an exciting landmark 17th July 2019 – Our Auckland   Watercare has entered the solar energy market and installed solar panels at the Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 400 ground-mounted solar panels project, creating renewable energy, is the first project of its kind for Watercare. The... Read More »

Plumbers preparing to leave the workforce

Plumbers preparing to leave the workforce Stuff – 15th July 2019 Rohan Mahon, of Rohan Mahon Plumbing, says a shortage of plumbers may result in price changes. As more plumbers retire in Southland a skills shortage is expected that may put pressure on the possible building boom in the south. A fifth of plumbers are expected to... Read More »

Plumbers should consider sustainable, eco-friendly vehicles

Plumbers should consider sustainable, eco-friendly vehicles Scoop Independent News – 12th July 2019 Press Release: Master Plumbers  Plumbers should consider sustainable, eco-friendly vehicles Master Plumbers welcomes the Government’s proposed ‘Clean Car Discount’ to make electric, hybrid and fuel efficient... Read More »

Take 'emotion' out of water row

Take ‘emotion’ out of water row July 10th 2019 – Cook Island News Chlorination is the “only way” to keep Rarotonga’s water pipes safe and clean, say two experts.  After weeks of mounting opposition to chlorine in the new drinking water, proponents of the disinfection technique have finally spoken up.... Read More »

Plumbing firm liquidated: Health Ministry defends hospital pipe work

Plumbing firm liquidated: Health Ministry defends hospital pipe work 7th July 2019 – RNZ The failure of a plumbing company won't void warranties on troublesome pipes at a half-billion-dollar Christchurch Hospital project. The Australian-owned PHP NZ was placed in liquidation last week. The Health Ministry has had to investigate its work... Read More »