Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Do it yourself but do it right

22 January 2014

Aucklanders planning to engage in DIY work this summer are being reminded to check the rules in advance to make sure their project doesn’t cause them any problems down the track.

Auckland Council Building Control Manager Tim Weight says well before people get their tools out they should check if the planned DIY work needs either building or resource consent and what the relevant legislation is.

“In the summer months, we know many Aucklanders like to DIY around their homes - it’s part of Kiwi culture. We’re just reminding people to make sure their project is compliant,” says Mr Weight.

Aucklanders can check their local requirements by calling the council and asking to speak to a duty planner or by visiting one of the council offices.

A project like building a fence or retaining wall may still need a resource consent approval even though a building consent may not be required.

“A lot of work does require consent under legislation, district or regional plans so it’s really important to check with us first, and remember even if consent is not required DIY work must still comply with the Building Act, the building code and other relevant legislation,” says Mr Weight.

Ensuring DIY work is compliant will also help property owners ensure they don’t compromise any future property sales.

It is also a good time to remember some simple rules when disposing of materials, to help protect the environment. Concrete waste, paint, and even soil particles can have a devastating impact if they get washed into the stormwater system and drains.

“The key to good environmental management when doing DIY is to remember that only rain should go down the drain,” says Ian Dobson, the manager of natural resources and specialist input at Auckland Council.

Concreting and painting equipment should be washed with running water onto unsealed ground which will absorb the waste water and prevent the contaminants from reaching more vulnerable stream or marine environments.

To learn more about what does and doesn’t require consent and how to minimise pollution from your project, visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and search for “home improvement” or contact 09 301 0101 to find out more.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Still In The Red:
NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September.

The Treasury expects the Crown's operating balance before gains and losses to be a deficit of $572 million in the year ending June 30, 2015 before turning to a surplus of $565 million the following year, according to the half-year economic and fiscal update. The government's financial adviser had previously been forecasting the books to be back in the black in the current financial year ... More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Police: Phillip Smith Investigation Passport Charge

A 25 year-old man will appear in the Whanganui District Court today charged with the Passports Act offence of False Representations. The charges were laid on December 9 by the Auckland-based Phillip Smith investigation... More>>

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Party: Tribunal Report Confirms Iwi Ownership Of Lake Waikaremoana

“We are pleased for the claimants that eight years after the hearing began on Lake Waikaremoana they have some closure,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. “Most importantly, the report confirms freshwater is a taonga and identifies the ownership rights of Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāi Tamaterangi to the lake bed.” More>>

ALSO:

Climate Performance Report - Not Achieved: NZ Government Part Of Global Climate Problem

The New Zealand Government’s position on climate change is part of the global problem that we need to overcome if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

NSW Police Statement: Three Dead Following Martin Place Siege

About 2.10am (Tuesday 16 December), a confrontation occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside a café on Martin Place. Shots were fired during the confrontation. As a result, the 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Another man, aged 34, and a woman, aged 38, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sydney Siege (And DHB Budget Cuts)
Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed... In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, columnist Peter Hartcher raises a different point – that the initial public response had been noticeably different to the agitated reactions of politicians and the media. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Income Inequality, And Yo Ho Ho Christmas Songs

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white... Yet on Wednesday, there was Finance Minister Bill English trying to tell RNZ that the OECD was (a) wrong (b) using old data and (c) somehow anti-growth and in any case (d) New Zealand allegedly already had a strongly re-distributive tax system... More>>

Werewolf: Public Health - The Silent Crisis

Gordon Campbell: New Zealand’s public health system has been in crisis for so long that its failings – and deteriorating performance vis a vis other developed countries – now tend to be treated as its normal mode of being. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: House Adjourns For Summer

Parliament has risen for the summer break with the Adjournment Motion agreed just after 5pm on Wednesday. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news