NZCB In the News – Radio NZ – 19 April 2024

NZCB In the News – Radio NZ – 19 April 2024

Concern Over Public Sector Cuts

A builders association is worried the public sector cuts will slow progress on much needed regulatory changes for the industry. A ministry of business, Innovation and Employment proposal document suggests about 120 positions will go in. The team that works on consent inspection and risk policy for the construction sector. Certified builders chief executive Malcolm Fleming says the government has ambitious plans to fast track consents and import more overseas product. But he’s worried the public sector cuts will mean there aren’t enough people to do that work properly.

All the regulatory work that wraps around that if we’re reducing headcount is a concern about does anybody have the capability and the expertise to be  doing all that very good work and important work?

Malcolm Fleming says he’s not sure who they will go to now to advocate for builders. Auckland Council says a central city apartment that’s been deemed a dangerous building has had a raft of maintenance problems over several years. Residents of the 16 storey City Gardens Apartments were told by council last week they may need to vacate the building if fire risks are not fixed. The council’s building consents manager, Ian McCormick, says recent events at the building heightened the council’s response, including a sprinkler activation that didn’t trigger the fire alarm. He says the building has had a raft of maintenance, plumbing and fire protection issues over many years.

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