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  • Plumbing
    21 July 2020

    Avoid frozen pipes this winter

    Don't get caught out by a cold snap! Winter is here and very cold temperatures can put your pipes at risk of freezing. 

    Tags: frozen pipes   Plumbing   winter  
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  • 30 September 2016

    Are you meeting your health monitoring requirements?

    As a PCBU, you have legal requirements to protect the health of your workers by identifying hazards and managing the associated risks.

    Tags: health & safety  
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  • 3 November 2016

    New asbestos code of practice

    WorkSafe have released an Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos.   Previous asbestos guidance in New Zealand focused only on asbestos removal.

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  • Member News
    21 December 2016

    Asbestos awareness - pressed metal tiles

    AHI Roofing has released an Industry Alert with regard to certain pressed metal roof tiles made before the early 1980s that contain asbestos.

    Tags: asbestos  
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  • Roofing
    21 December 2016

    Scaffolding in New Zealand

    WorkSafe has just released good practice guidelines on the safe design, use and maintenance of scaffolding.

    Tags: health & safety  
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  • 12 May 2017

    Use your mouth—a great bit of safety gear

    Having a health and safety conversation with your workmates, your boss or your workers is the first action to take to help ensure everyone goes home healthy and safe, says...

    Tags: plumbing   gasfitting   drain laying   health & safety  
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  • Apprentices
    15 August 2017

    Investing in the future of the plumbing industry

    Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers NZ support one of our members calling for greater government funding for apprenticeships.

    Tags: apprentices   apprenticeships  
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  • Media & Advocacy
    24 August 2017

    Master Plumbers calling for reform to Standards NZ

    Master Plumbers is supporting the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation (STCF) in its call for urgent Government action to review current legislation governing quality standards in New Zealand.

    Tags: standards   plumbing products  
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  • gasfitting
    28 September 2017

    Hoses for use as LPG pigtails

    Reports of failed components in continuous flow water heaters led the LPG Association some years ago to investigate what contaminant had caused the failure.

    Tags: gasfitting  
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  • Drainlaying
    10 November 2017

    Registered for your New Zealand Business Number?

    The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a unique number used to identify a business.

    Tags: business advice  
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  • gasfitting
    2 February 2018

    Caravan gas installations – have your say!

    A recently released draft amendment to the caravan installation code seeks to standardise compliance plate requirements across New Zealand and Australia.

    Tags: health & safety  
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  • Media & Advocacy
    15 February 2018

    Fletcher Building "needs to place blame on its own doorstep"

    The country’s leading trades organisation has refuted any suggestion that subcontractors contributed to the challenges facing Fletcher Construction.

    Tags: construction  
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  • Compliance
    1 March 2018

    Status of wiring rules

    Standards Australia has announced that a new edition of AS/NZS 3000:2018 (the ‘wiring rules’) is expected to be published in March.

    Tags: electricity  
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  • gasfitting
    26 March 2018

    2018 Master Plumber of the Year Award

    Hutt Gas and Plumbing took out the prestigious Master Plumber of the Year Award at the 2018 New Zealand Plumbing Awards, held at Claudelands in Hamilton on Friday 23 March.

    Tags: awards  
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  • Compliance
    23 April 2018

    Portable gas heaters should be banned from Kiwi homes

    Master Plumbers wants portable gas heaters banned from all residential properties in New Zealand, because of the serious risks they pose to your health and safety.

    Tags: heating  
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  • Apprentices
    8 May 2018

    PGD training research project released

    The Skills Organisation has released the summary report of Stage One findings from its Plumbing, Gasfitting & Drainlaying (PGD) Benchmarking Evaluation project.

    Tags: apprentices   apprenticeships  
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  • gasfitting
    15 May 2018

    Tradesman and Certifying classes to remain

    The PGDB recently consulted on whether to retain two classes of registration—Tradesman and Certifying.

    Tags: registration   licensing  
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  • Media & Advocacy
    6 August 2018

    Changes to plumbing, gasfitting & drainlaying apprenticeship programmes

    One of the common themes The Skills Organisation hear from industry is that not enough teaching is done during block courses and too much time is spent on assessment.

    Tags: apprentices   apprenticeships  
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  • Compliance
    26 September 2018

    LPG compliance in non-workplaces

    Changes were introduced to compliance requirements for more than 100kg of LPG at non-workplaces on 1 December 2017. These requirements remain under the EPA and didn't transfer to WorkSafe.

    Tags: gas   LPG  
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  • Media & Advocacy
    9 October 2018

    Master Plumbers welcomes release of Construction Skills Action Plan

    Master Plumbers welcomes the release of the Government's Construction Skills Action Plan, which sets out six initial priority areas to address skills shortages in the construction industry.

    Tags: apprentices   apprenticeships  
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  • Member News
    19 October 2018

    Winners of 'Master Plumber for a Day' competition

    To mark World Plumbing Day in 2018, Master Plumbers ran a Facebook competition offering the chance to win the services of a Master Plumber for a day.

    Tags: heating   water pressure  
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  • Media & Advocacy
    13 December 2018

    Unsafe levels of lead in tapware products readily available in New Zealand

    Master Plumbers are calling for the Government to undertake an urgent comprehensive review of plumbing products sold in New Zealand following the “lead-crisis” in Australia and independent testing which demonstrates...

    Tags: plumbing products  
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  • 18 December 2018

    Some things have changed around here!

    We've made some changes to our website to incorporate all the great homeowner information that was previously at www. dontriskit. co.

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  • Member News
    19 March 2020

    COVID-19: Coronavirus update and advice

    Master Plumbers are monitoring the fast-evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and the implications it has for our industry and our community. We’re taking action to support public health goals and slow down the spread of COVID-19.

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  • Media & Advocacy
    19 March 2020

    COVID-19 Government Support Package

    If you are affected by COVID-19, you may be able to access financial support through the newly announced Government Support Package.

    Tags: business advice  
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  • Member News
    23 March 2020

    Video update from CEO Greg Wallace - Mar 2020

    We will get through this. Master Plumbers is taking action to support public health goals and slow down the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

    Tags: CEO Update  
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  • Member News
    24 March 2020

    COVID-19: Essential Services update

    The COVID-19 Alert Level will become Level 4 on Wednesday 25 March at 11:59pm. This means that all businesses will be closed except for essential services and lifeline utilities.

    Tags: plumbing   gasfitting   drainlaying   COVID-19  
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  • Member News
    27 March 2020

    COVID-19: PPE Availability

    You are no doubt aware of the shortage of PPE equipment in New Zealand, with the delivery of supplies focusing on health providers and food supply workers.

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  • Member News
    27 March 2020

    COVID-19: Conversations with customers

    In the fast evolving COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown situation, there is confusion about what constitutes essential plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work. If your business is still open, you are probably fielding some difficult calls. We've put together some tips to help.

    Tags: business advice   customer service   COVID-19  
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  • Media & Advocacy
    1 April 2020

    COVID-19: Call to restrict sale of plumbing products during lockdown

    Master Plumbers are disappointed some plumbing merchants’ stores have remained open to walk-in customers during New Zealand’s COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown.

    Tags: plumbing   gasfitting   drainlaying   COVID-19  
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  • Member News
    20 April 2020

    Residential Construction – 5-step guide to working at Alert Level 3

    Updated: 12 August 2020 Your five-step guide to working in residential construction at COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

    Tags: COVID-19   plumber   plumbing   gasfitter  
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  • drain laying
    14 May 2020

    Master Plumbers welcomes support for trades in Budget 2020

    Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ welcomes the support for trades employers and apprentices in Budget 2020.

    Tags: advocacy   budget 2020  
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  • Compliance
    28 May 2020

    Greater protection for subcontractors' retention payments welcome

    Master Plumbers welcomes greater protection for subcontractors in the event of a construction company’s insolvency under newly announced changes for the Construction Contracts Act (CCA).

    Tags: compliance   retentions   CCA  
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  • Member News
    17 June 2020

    Financial support for employers that train apprentices

    A new government subsidy will provide $1,000 per month to the employer for a first-year apprentice, and $500 per month for up to eight months for a second-year apprentice. It applies to both new and existing apprentices.

    Tags: plumbing   gasfitting   drainlaying   apprenticeships  
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  • Member News
    20 May 2020

    2020 New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year

    iPlumber Ltd in Hamilton is the 2020 New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year.

    Tags: awards  
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  • Member News
    10 June 2020

    Updated construction protocols under COVID-19 Alert Level 1

    The COVID-19 Residential Construction Protocols and Vertical & Horizontal Construction Protocols have been amended to reflect the changes this brings for our industry.

    Tags: plumbing   gasfitting   drain laying   business advice  
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  • Member News
    24 June 2020

    Working safely with engineered stone

    WorkSafe New Zealand would like to ensure that trade professionals are aware of the risks of working with engineered stone benchtops, used primarily in bathrooms and kitchens.

    Tags: health & safety   plumbing   gasfitting  
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  • Member News
    26 June 2020

    New path for Certifying Plumbers to become Certifying Drainlayers

    Skills has opened up a new path for certified plumbers to obtain their drainlaying certification based on existing skills and work experience.

    Tags: drainlaying   plumbing   certification   PGDB  
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  • Member News
    29 July 2020

    How to recession-proof your business

    Are you prepared for what’s coming next? Business coach Daniel Fitzpatrick of Next Level Tradie shares 7 things to know - plus practical steps to take right now.

    Tags: recession   business advice   trades  
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  • Member News
    25 August 2020

    Video update from CEO Greg Wallace - Aug 2020

    Master Plumbers CEO Greg Wallace talks about the new Apprenticeship Boost scheme and the importance of employers taking on apprentices to help grow the industry.

    Tags: CEO Update  
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  • Member News
    16 September 2020

    Introducing New Zealand’s newest Biocontainment Laboratory

    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ new National Biocontainment Laboratory is New Zealand’s only approved laboratory for containing and diagnosing serious veterinary diseases.

    Tags: plumbing   projects   awards   gasfitting  
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  • Plumbing
    1 October 2020

    Active surface heating and cooling – hidden comfort year-round

    If you’re planning a new build or refurbishing your home, an ‘active surface’ heating and cooling system from Austria may be the answer for comfort and sustainability.

    Tags: Central heating   underfloor heating   cooling systems  
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