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News Archive: June, 2020


Lower Hutt plumber found guilty of shoddy work at retirement village

Lower Hutt plumber found guilty of shoddy work at retirement village RNZ – 19th June 2020   A plumber has been found guilty of doing negligent or incompetent work at a Lower Hutt retirement village.   The Plumbers Board has fined Vincent Cookson, who runs Virtual Plumbing, $7200, with costs of $36,000, after a three day... Read More »

Man Fined For Gas Installation Giving Rise To Risk Of Fire Or Gas Leak

  Man Fined For Gas Installation Giving Rise To Risk Of Fire Or Gas Leak Press Release: Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board - 18th June 2020  Today in the Manukau District Court, Dip Narayan, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $2,500 fine for carrying out restricted gasfitting work without authorisation and was... Read More »

Plumber tells hearing shoddy work was not his fault

Plumber tells hearing shoddy work was not his fault RNZ – 18th June 2020 A plumber defending charges over defective drains at a retirement village says something went wrong at the project but it was not his or his workers' fault.  Woburn Apartments in Lower Hutt. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey  Lower Hutt plumber Vincent Cookson... Read More »

Application extension for small business loan (SBC)

  Application extension for small business loan (SBC) The Government has announced a six-week extension for the Small Business Cash flow (loan) Scheme (SBC). Applications opened on 12th May 2020 and can now be submitted up to and including 24th July 2020. All other conditions remain the same which include: Businesses with 50 employees... Read More »

Change of criteria for COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension

Change of criteria for COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension A Wage Subsidy Extension payment will be available to support employers, including sole traders, who are still significantly impacted by COVID-19 after the Wage Subsidy ends. The Wage Subsidy Extension will be available from 10 June 2020 until 1 September 2020 so employers can keep paying... Read More »

Release of initial list of supported training

Release of initial list of supported training Press Release: New Zealand Government, 2nd June 2020 Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery • The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) will pay costs of learners of all ages to undertake vocational education... Read More »

President's Report - May 2020

I would like to start my report with hoping that all of you and your families are safe and well. Hopefully we are out of the worst of this however the ongoing after affects are going to get us all. In saying this, as we move forward you need to so stay strong, stay positive and know we are here to help you with the tools and necessary resources... Read More »

Top Tech Tip - How to correctly use and dispose of PPE equipment

How to correctly use and dispose of PPE equipment Gloves Gloves prevent contamination of trades peoples’ hands and help reduce the spread of pathogens only if:* They are used properly; and fit for purpose.* Hand hygiene is performed before and after wear. It’s important to know that gloves do not provide... Read More »

Homeowners warned against rookie plumbers

STUFF – 27th May 2020 Following the conviction of an unlicensed Wellington plumber carrying out unauthorised work, homeowners are warned to check the credentials of tradespeople they hire. Undertaking a renovation project? Property owners are again being warned not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct restricted... Read More »

'Not just about poo' - Wellington woman plumber encouraging females to join industry

  One News 21st May 2020 While there is no doubt there are plenty more men in the field, but there's also a whole lot of young women out there who love plumbing.  Nikita Ward, 25, is in the fifth year of a plumbing apprenticeship. Source: Seven Sharp   Nikita Ward is a 25-year-old plumbing and gas fitting apprentice who is one of... Read More »

Budget 2020: Free Trades Training To Support New Zealanders Into Work

  Press Release: New Zealand Government, 14th May 2020   ·         $1.6 billion Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package  ·         $400 million in MSD Employment... Read More »

20/20 CPD Roadshow Calendar Of Events For Trades Postponed

20/20 CPD Roadshow Calendar Of Events For Trades Postponed Press Release: Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board, 17th March 2020 The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) announced today that its 44 nationwide CPD roadshow events are postponed until 2021. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential for registered... Read More »



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