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  • Plumbing
    26th of 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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  • Plumbing
    26th of March 2018

    Accountant turned plumber wins top apprentice award

    Before deciding plumbing was the career for him, Kelly Adam completed a commerce degree, majoring in accounting.

    Tags: apprentices   awards  
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  • Health & Safety
    23rd of 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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  • Plumbing
    15th of 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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  • Plumbing
    17th of May 2018

    Budget fails to fill plumbing pipeline

    Master Plumbers is disappointed the Government’s budget has failed to acknowledge the contribution employers who take on apprentices make.

    Tags: apprenticeships   training  
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  • Plumbing
    6th of 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: training   apprentices   apprenticeships  
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  • Plumbing
    6th of August 2018

    Reviewing the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act

    The Government is reviewing the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006.

    Tags: legislation   compliance  
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  • gasfitting
    26th of September 2018

    LPG compliance in non-workplaces

    Changes were introduced to compliance requirements for more than100kg 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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  • Plumbing
    9th of 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: training   apprentices   apprenticeships  
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  • Plumbing
    19th of 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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  • Plumbing
    13th of 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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  • 18th of 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.nz

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  • 2nd of August 2016

    Excavation safety guidance

    Check out the new good practice guidance from WorkSafe on managing health and safety risks associated with excavation work.

    Tags: drain laying   plumbing   health & safety  
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  • 30th of 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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  • 3rd of November 2016

    New asbestos code of practice

    WorkSafe have released an Approved Code of Practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos. 

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  • Plumbing
    21st of 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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  • Plumbing
    21st of December 2016

    Scaffolding in New Zealand

    WorkSafe has just released good practice guidelines on the safe design, use and maintenance of scaffolding. They set out WorkSafe's expectations on how to comply with health and safety legislation.

    Tags: health & safety  
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  • 12th of 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 WorkSafe.

    Tags: plumbing   gasfitting   drain laying   health & safety  
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  • 15th of 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.

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  • Plumbing
    24th of 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
    28th of 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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  • Plumbing
    10th of November 2017

    Registered for your New Zealand Business Number?

    The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a unique number used to identify a business. Whether you're a large commercial plumbing firm or a self-employed drainlayer, all businesses in New...

    Tags: business advice  
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  • Plumbing
    20th of November 2017

    Hazardous substances in the workplace

    On 1 December the rules for managing hazardous substances in the workplace moved from the HSNO Act to the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA).

    Tags: health & safety   hazardous substances  
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  • gasfitting
    2nd of 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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  • Plumbing
    15th of 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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  • Health & Safety
    1st of 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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  • 8th of 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.

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