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GARY’S GARDEN SHEDS Custom Made Free Installation 127464 Growth in residential building nationally hit an all-time record of a billion dollars of work consented in a month for the first time ever, according to Statistics New Zealand building consent data. Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says he is particularly encouraged by the 966 new home consents in Auckland as it is getting close to the 1000 a month needed to match a demand for new housing. “It is a 20 per cent increase on the previous month and three times the number consented in November 2008,” he says. “ We are continuing to free up more land faster through the Auckland Housing Accord and the eight other Accords we have with councils across the country. “ We have initiatives in place to constrain building material costs, rein in development contributions, cut compliance costs and invest in improved sector productivity.” The next steps in the Government’s programme include advancing new housing on Crown-owned land in Auckland, supporting Auckland Council in completion of the new Auckland Unitary Plan, consulting on a new Urban Development National Policy Statement and reform of the Resource Management Act to address the long-term issues affecting housing supply and affordability. Housing supply on the move our homes today Hunting out illegal operators Anew R.A.C (report-a- cowboy) app has been released for download to the public by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. It’s designed to quickly and effectively deal with unauthorised work within the construction industry. The app allows industry tradespeople and consumers to submit photo and video evidence, such as illegal work sites and false advertising on vans. It also has the ability to log GPS coordinates and allows those reporting through the app to request confidentiality. The board can receive about 40 complaints from tradespeople and consumers a month and where there have been instances of the proper channels of complaint not being completed adequately, making the investigation and prosecution process difficult. Martin Sawyers, the board’s chief executive says the app is a significant change to its lengthy complaint process of the past where a significant amount of form filling was required. The only requirement now in the complaint process is to pass on information to the PDG Board’s investigation team by using the new on-the-spot app technology. The R.A.C app effectively allows every licensed tradesperson and the consumer to become the eyes and ears of the board. The information gathered will allow the board to identify and target its resources at problem areas, and will help squeeze out illegal operators throughout New Zealand quickly. “Unauthorised work is, however, a problem that can’t be solved simply by prosecuting more people,” Mr Sawyers says. “We also need to make consumers more aware of the risks involved in hiring unauthorised people. “It is important to know that work undertaken by unlicensed people not only risks your family’s health and safety, but may also invalidate insurance. “Homeowners should take every precaution when engaging with service providers by asking to see an authorisation card – tradespeople are required to produce it.” Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand and it is illegal to do this restricted work unless authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. The board is the statutory body which regulates the trades to ensure those providing the services are competent and safe. ➤➤ The R.A.C app is available through the App Store and Google Play, or on the board’s website at www.pgdb.co.nz/app. A touch of red brings warmth Red is a hot colour, symbolising life, love, power, happiness, joy, sophistication and luxury. Red helps give decor a new lease on life as a feeling of warmth is created in a home. Although it’s a timeless colour that can be incorporated into all types of decors, red should be used sparingly to stimulate you rather than hit you over the head. Red furniture could be added to a room with white walls, or red cushions added to grey sofas. One of the kitchen walls could be painted red or a red appliance installed. Try not to have more than 20 per cent red in the overall decor. It especially works well in rooms where there’s a lot of white, black and grey. If you want to paint several walls red, do it in places where you don’t spend a lot of time – in the entrance hall or the bathroom, for example. On the other hand, some people love red bedrooms, which are really different and set the mood for love and passion. Saturated reds are a great choice for their versatility and brightness. It’s all a matter of taste, but if you adore red, go for it.
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