Master Plumbers CEO Greg Wallace met recently with Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean, along with officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Topics discussed included the surge in imported plumbing products into the New Zealand market.
Greg Wallace stressed the urgent need to protect consumers and tradespeople from inferior or substandard products, which could fail in unacceptably short timeframes and pose potential health risks to New Zealand consumers.
He also expressed concern about the lack of funding of standards for the plumbing sector.
Master Plumbers is committed to ensuring that our industry has a voice on New Zealand Standards committees, and that joint AS/NZS standards are practical for the New Zealand market.
"We should not underestimate the work that Master Plumbers and our specialist consultants do in this area," he says. "However, it is both time-consuming and expensive to be involved, and we would like to see more government funding available for standards development."
A government review on plumbing products is likely to begin soon. According to the Minister, this will include an assessment of the WaterMark system, which is mandatory in Australia.
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