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New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters Association Inc

New Zealand Plumbers, Drainlayers & Gasfitters
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News Archive: March, 2019

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - February 2019

A warm welcome to all our members and to all who read our News Flush.The year is off to a busy start for our industry and I hope all of you are busy making hay while the sun shines.Some interesting things are happening this year and I urge all of you to take the time to look at some of these new proposals from government.The government have... Read More »

Have your say on the Reform of Vocational Education

Have your say on the Reform of Vocational EducationThroughout 2018, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) engaged with vocational education and training sector stakeholders, including learners (students, industry trainees and apprentices), employers, iwi, business, industry groups, local government, education... Read More »

Is your organisation/business ready?

Is your organisation/business ready?Prior to Christmas the Minister of Immigration announced his proposal to a new approach to-employer assisted work visas and regional work force planning. One key aspect sees a shift in emphasis from the employee-based system to one where the employer will be at the centre of the process. This will involve 3... Read More »

Changes to Minimum Hourly Rates for Migrants

Changes to Minimum Hourly Rates for MigrantsThere has been a lot of talk in New Zealand about how migrants are paid when they arrive in NZ for work.  Some of the publicity has been alarming and have highlighted areas of concern for all in the immigration industry. In response, Immigration NZ have increased the minimum hourly rate payable... Read More »


The danger of believing something just because it has been repeated often is a common mistake.  It has always been accepted knowledge in the drainlaying profession that whenever a new septic tank (on-site waste water system) is installed, the process of bacterial action needs to be started. And it was well known (when I was an apprentice)... Read More »

Gough Cat

“With 4 new models, Cat® Next Generation 1 to 2 tonne Mini Excavators have arrived in New Zealand. Get hands-on and see for yourself how the exciting new features on these new compact machines are ready to make a big difference to the way you operate. Register for a Demo Day near you... Read More »

INDUSTRY NEWS - February 2019

World Plumbing Day is a month away!Did you know that the flushing toilet became popular in 1875, after plumber Thomas Crapper opened the first bathroom showroom? This simple innovation helped double life expectancy. World Economic Forum estimate that the toilet has saved over 1 billion lives. How will you celebrate World Plumbing... Read More »

ON THE TOOLS - February 2019

The job that's earning more than doctorsSource NZ HeraldMatt Jones is no longer on the tools himself, instead helps other tradies make the most of their businesses. To earn big dollars these days you don't have to spend years at uni.Tradies are pulling in huge amounts of cash, but the riches aren't spread evenly among them.Not only do they... Read More »


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