Media releases and other news updates.
Briefing to the Incoming Ministers
16 December 2008: The Briefing for the Minister for Building and Construction and the Briefing for the Minister for Housing are now available on the Departments website.
Under-strength timber allegations
Update 19th December: View the Ministers media release: Investigation into timber allegations – update
December 2008: The Minister for Building and Construction, the Hon. Maurice Williamson has called for an investigation into allegations surrounding the use of under-strength timber in some buildings in the Auckland region over the past 18 months.
The Department of Building and Housing is working with industry representatives and local government officials to confirm the accuracy of these allegations, and to determine the nature and extent of the alleged problem.
At this stage the Department has not established the precise number of buildings affected, however only a small number of frame and truss manufacturers are thought to be involved.
Councils in districts where there is known to be a potential problem have already begun to manage the issue.
There is no evidence so far to suggest there is risk to public safety. Nevertheless active steps are being taken to identify where problems may exist.
People who want more information about the issue can call our Contact Centre free-phone number 0800 242 243.
View the Minister's media release about the allegations.
Council Contact list [Word 39kb, 1 page]
Grade 500E Reinforcing Steel
November 2008: The Department of Building and Housing has published a article about Grade 500E Reinforcing Steel.
You can view the article on this page.
New landlord pack now available in CD format
14 August 2008: An information pack for new landlords is now available in digital format on a compact disc.
The disc gives landlords important advice and information on managing properties effectively and giving tenants value for money. It also includes video clips of real landlords sharing useful tips on running a successful tenancy business.
The CD has four main sections: Getting Started, Managing your Tenancy, Maximising Value and Managing Disputes. Each section covers many specific topics in more detail. It contains 16 documents already available in the paper-based pack but also includes copies of all the other key publications of interest to landlords, as well as some new material, particularly around dealing with property managers.
Order the Get it right - A landlords guide to practical property mangement CD-ROM
Latest building and housing trends
8 August 2008: The latest report published by the Department summarising building and housing trends and performance. It covers the period January to March 2008. Read the January - March 2008 Building and Housing Trends
Bay of Islands Retirement Village a good project
10 July 2008: The registration of retirement villages is a key requirement of the Retirement Villages Act 2003. Government protecting the interests of older people in retirement villages. Read the Minister's news release about retirement villages
Wood products have role to play
10 July 2008: This Government seeks to build and maintain a constructive dialogue with all sectors of the construction industry, including timber processors and producers. The Wood Processors sector constitutes a critical part of an industry worth billions of dollars to the New Zealand economy. Read the Minister's news release about the role of wood products
Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers board confirmed
9 July 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today confirmed appointments for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers (PGD) board. Read the Minister's news release about the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers board
Views sought on revised retirement villages code
2 July 2008: A new statutory Code of Practice for retirement villages, a document setting out the rights and responsibilities of residents and operators, is currently open for public consultation. Read the Minister's news release about the retirement villages code of practice
Building blueprint plan slashes red tape
11 June 2008: Building Industry red tape slashed by new blueprint plan for simple starter homes. Read the Minister's news release about simple starter homes
Greater protection for tenants under new RTA bill
29 May 2008: The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) amendment bill introduced to Parliament today will give greater protection to vulnerable tenants and; help both landlords and tenants to understand and enforce their respective rights, according to Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones. Read the Minister's news release about the new Residential Tenancies Act amendment bill
Bill introduced to modernise unit titles law
29 May 2008: A bill to help apartment owners and bodies corporate to manage their property more effectively was introduced to Parliament today by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones. Read the Minister's news release about the introduction of the Unit Titles Bill
Extension to help small number of councils gain accreditation
18 May 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today announced a nine month extension to an existing timeframe for a minority of councils to be accredited and registered as building consent authorities. Read the Minister's news release about the extension given to councils
Electrical Worker’s Practising Licences 2008/2009
14 May 2008: Practising Licences are due to expire on the 30th of June 2008, renew your practising license online today to avoid expiry. Go to Renewing your licence »
Why renew online?
- It’s fast and easy
- You can renew your practising licence when you want to 24hrs a day, 7days a week
- You can update your contact details and safety training information at the same time
What will I need?
- Your File Key
- Up to date safety training, testing, cpr & basic first aid
- A Credit Card for Payment, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Dinners or America Express
How to renew online
||by visiting our Renewing your licence »
your family name in the "File/Family name" field or enter your registration number in the "Approval Number" field then click the "Search" button at the top of the page.
Click your name from the list of results
your File key in the "key" field then click the "continue" button at the top of the page.
Note: If you don't have your File Key it is on the covering letter included in your renewal pack sent by EWRB late May or please call 0800 661 000
||that your contact details and safety training information are all accurate and update them if necessary
||the box to indicate that you require a practising licence and that you have undertaken prescribed work since 1989
by entering your credit card and GST Invoice receipt details then click the "continue" button
Note: GST invoice receipts can be printed on screen or emailed to you - ensure you enter a valid email address if you would like a GST invoice receipt by email
||until the confirmation screen is displayed to conclude your transaction
||That's all you need to do. Your practising licence card will be automatically posted to the latest address shown in your contact details screen.
More market rent data available
5 May 2008: Landlords and tenants around the country will find it even easier to pinpoint precise market rent information for their local area by visiting an updated website.
The Department of Building and Housing has expanded its market rent data and now offers information on 298 areas in New Zealand.
The Department’s services centre manager Allan Galloway said the change was in response to customer demand.
Allan Galloway said: “The market rent data is one of the most frequently visited on the Department’s website and is valuable information for tenants and landlords.
“We are now providing information for 117 additional areas in New Zealand. This will help landlords ensure they are charging a fair market rent and for tenants to ensure they are paying a fair market rent.”
The new data breaks down areas like Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington into more precise districts.
The Department is increasing its market rent information:
- from 43 locations to 102 locations in the Auckland area
- from 24 locations to 43 locations in the Wellington area
- from 23 to 35 locations in the Canterbury area.
For tenancy advice and information call 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62) or visit http://www.dbh.govt.nz/tenancy-index
Bill to modernise apartment laws set for introduction
28 April 2008: A Bill to modernise apartment-ownership and body corporate laws – The Unit Titles Bill – will be introduced to Parliament shortly by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones. Read the Minister's news release about the Unit Titles Bill
Lower hot water bills on the way
27 April 2008: Home owners are set to save money through strengthened energy efficiency rules for new hot water systems, says Shane Jones. Read the Minister's news release about strengthened energy efficiency rules
DIY rules aimed at eliminating building rogues
24 April 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today announced new guidelines for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) home owner-builders aimed at eliminating rogues in the building sector. Read the Minister's news release about DIY rules
Latest building and housing trends
15 April 2008: The latest report published by the Department summarising building and housing trends and performance. It covers the period October to December 2007. Read the October - December 2007 Building and Housing Trends »
Swimming pool fencing laws to be reviewed
29 March, 2008: The highly effective Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 is to be evaluated to see if it can be made more effective and to create uniformity with Local Governments in how they interpret and enforce the Act. Read the Minister's news release about the review of Swimming pool fencing laws
Government slashes building industry red tape
25 March, 2008: Minister for Building and Construction, Shane Jones, today announced plans to slash red tape in the building industry and provide simpler, more flexible consents process for starter homes. Read the Minister's news release about more flexible consents
‘Multiple use’ consents will provide a “fast track”
25 March, 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones says the provision of ‘multiple use’ consents has the potential to provide a “fast track” approach for big property developers and large volume builders. Read the Minister's news release about 'multiple use' consents
Design competition will boost starter homes initiative
25 March, 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones is proposing a nationwide design competition as part of the package to improve flexibility and reduce regulatory costs of building a modest starter home. Read the Minister's news release about the proposed design competition
Speech at Opening of Summerset Retirement Village
14 March, 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones' speech at the opening of the Summerset Retirement Village, Porirua. Read the Minister's speech at Summerset Retirement Village
Licensed Building Practitioner presented his licence
27 February 2007: Minister Shane Jones today presented Auckland's Craig Shorrock his licence to practice as a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). Read the Minister's news release about the Minister's presentation of one of the first Licensed Building Practitioner licences
Progress in the building sector: where to next
22 February 2008: Address at the opening of the Australbricks new brick and tile selection centre at Penrose Auckland. Read the Minister's speech about progress in the building sector
Minister welcomes bold ideas from Northland mayors
17 February 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones says a series of bold ideas presented to him by the three Northland mayors at a forum in Whangarei last week (Thursday 14) has given him positive food for thought. Read the Minister's news release about ideas from Northland mayors
Commitment to flexibility in building sector
12 February 2008: Minister for Building and Construction Shane Jones is committed to increasing flexibility and tackling regulatory costs in the industry sector, as was announced by the Prime Minister today. Read the Minister's news release about flexibility in the building sector
Good Ventilation is common sense says Minister Jones
4 February 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones says extractor fans are not compulsory, but it makes common sense to ensure good ventilation in new houses. Read the Minister's news release about good ventilation
Minister welcomes responsibility for PGD under his portfolio
31 January 2008: Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today takes over administrative responsibility for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers (PGD) Act 2006. Read the Minister's news release about the new administrative responsibility
Minister keen to discuss CBANZ concerns over Far North building regulation issues
19 January 2008: Minister responds to concerns voiced by the Bay of Islands/Far North Certified Builders Association (CBANZ) over excessive industry regulation. Read the Minister's news release about building regulation issues
Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme off to a good start
3 January 2008: More than 7000 Licensed Building Practitioner application packs have been requested since the scheme was launched last November. Read the Minister's news release about the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme
Latest building and housing trends
20 December 2007: The latest report published by the Department summarising building and housing trends and performance. It covers the period July to September 2007. Read the July - September 2007 Building and Housing Trends »