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WelTec & WCC Join FOrces To Combat Leaky Buildings

MEDIA RELEASE 10 February 2004
For immediate release

WelTec and Wellington City Council have joined forces to combat the considerable challenges facing the building industry that were recently highlighted by the ‘leaky building syndrome’.

In a proactive joint initiative they have created the Diploma in Building Surveying, a new programme designed to enable building officials (inspectors/certifiers) to keep abreast of new developments in construction technologies and building compliance issues. The qualification is the first diploma specifically designed for building officials to be delivered by a New Zealand tertiary institution. It is also the first in New Zealand to use the Janison Toolbox online learning management system, where interactive online lectures, forums, chats, and virtual classrooms, along with traditional face-to-face seminars, support student learning.

Minister of Commerce, Lianne Dalziel, will launch the new programme at 10am, Thursday February 12, at Wellington Institute of Technology (61 Buick Street, Petone). Members of Parliament, local mayors, building industry and educational representatives will attend the launch.

“Building inspectors and certifiers of the future will need to act more as consultants to assist builders to ‘get it right’, rather than the more traditional policing approach of using standardised checklists to either pass or fail work,” says WelTec Head of School – Construction & The Built Environment, Howard Jenkinson.

“By initiating this programme we’re ensuring the public can have continuing confidence in Wellington’s local government to upskill their workforce and to maintain the high standards of residential building in the region.”

The Diploma in Building Surveying, though initiated out of Wellington, is offered nationwide to students. It aims to meet the developmental needs of current
building officials and to ensure new graduates have the knowledge and skills required to meet their future expanded role.


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