Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Building industry urged to have its say

9 August 2004 Media Statement

Building industry urged to have its say on proposed licensing system

Consultation with the building industry is vital to ensure the new building licensing system works, Associate Commerce Minister John Tamihere says.

Mr Tamihere today released a discussion document on building industry licensing. The licensing system for building practitioners is one of a package of measures set out in the Building Bill currently being considered by Parliament.

The Building Bill sets the framework for the licensing system but the detail of how it will work is still to be set out in regulations under the legislation.

"This consultation is the first phase of developing that detail and is crucial in getting it right," Mr Tamihere said.

Under the proposed model, from 2009 certain building work called "restricted work" will have to be carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner.

The discussion document focuses on two key issues:

What work should be "restricted" to licensed people

Who should be licensed.

Mr Tamihere urged people - particularly industry members - to read the discussion document and make a submission.

"This is a key chance for you to have your say. Your input is essential to making sure the licensing regime is sensible and workable and results in us all having buildings that are designed and built right first time."

Submissions close on November 30.

Frequently asked questions

How do I find out more?

A leaflet called A guide to building licensing summarises the proposed changes and explains how to make a submission. It will be available from local city and district councils and major building trade outlets. The discussion document Licensing of Building Practitioners: Discussing the Options describes the proposed system and includes a form to help people make submissions. It will be available from local city and district councils. This information is also available online at Information can also be accessed by calling freephone 0800 60 60 50. A series of industry consultation meetings will be held in major centres around the country in September to discuss the proposed system.

What are the key proposals?

From 2009, you will have to be licensed to do or supervise “restricted” building work. To get a licence you will have to show you have a certain level of capability based on: - practical experience and/or - evidence of qualifications and work to date You will also have to pay a fee. “Restricted work” is proposed to include foundations, brickwork, framing, roofing, cladding, and putting in doors and windows. If you are not licensed, any “restricted work” you do must be supervised by a licensed person. There will be different types of licences for design work and construction work. A public online register will list information about licensed people, including contact details and details of any disciplinary breaches. Applications for building consents will include the names of licensed people who do the design and construction work.

How do I make a submission?

You can make a submission by filling out the submission form attached to the discussion document.

You can also make a submission online at


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages