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New building laws —happy new year!

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### tvnz.co.nz 6:03PM Wednesday December 31, 2014 Source: ONE News
Construction cowboys watch out
Source: Breakfast
New building laws targeting construction cowboys are coming into force on New Year’s Day. Builders on big jobs have to be more open with clients or risk being fined. Every building job costing more than $30,000 will now need to be covered by a detailed contract.
“That’s going to have to outline your rights, their obligations, including the value of the work, when it’s going to start, when it’s likely to finish [and] if there’s any problems how you’ll resolve them,” says Sue Chetwin, Consumer chief executive.
Before they can start work, builders will also have to reveal their skills and qualifications, what sort of warranty is on offer and their level of insurance cover. And they’ll have to provide a checklist, setting out the client’s rights and explaining the building process. Failure to comply with any of the new rules will attract a fine of $500.
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Building & Housing Information

Building Amendment Act 2013

Changes to the dam scheme
New Consumer protection measure
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The Building Amendment Act 2013 was passed by Parliament on 27 November 2013. It is the result of a comprehensive review into the Building Act 2004.

This Amendment Act is part of a package of changes which introduce new measures to improve the building and construction sector, ensuring that it delivers good quality, affordable homes and buildings and contributes to a prosperous economy.

New Zealand lawyers Buddle Findlay on Strengthening consumer protection measures in the Building Act (11.7.14):
Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced yesterday that, from 1 January 2015, building contractors will be required to have written contracts, provide information on their relevant skills, experience and qualifications, and disclose their insurance and warranty cover for residential building work valued at over $30,000.
These new requirements are part of the wider consumer protection measures introduced in November last year by the Building Amendment Act 2013 (the Act), which will also come into force on 1 January 2015, and which strengthen the consumer protection measures currently contained in the Building Act 2004 (Building Act).
We consider that the consumer protection measures in the Act are a major evolution to consumers’ rights in the residential construction industry. The government is aiming for these legislative changes to have a significant impact on the way the industry operates – a fundamental behavioural change on the part of both consumers and building contractors.
The purpose of the consumer protection measures in the Act is to move away from the heavy reliance on building consent authorities for building quality and incentivise building professionals and trades people to take responsibility for the quality of their work and to stand behind it.
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Owners of neglected buildings


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There are no surprises about the requirements on the separate owners of the Barron Building, N. & E.S. Paterson Building and Brocklebanks Building. Following the structural failure of parts of their buildings, for which the owners are responsible, the owners have been fully informed of their obligations. Further, had they acted earlier, as good stewards, to have their buildings structurally assessed and strengthened all that has passed since could have been avoided. All three buildings are located in District Plan listed townscape precincts. The Brocklebanks Building has a District Plan protected facade to King Edward St.

### ODT Online Tue, 8 May 2012
A ‘nightmare’ waiting to have collapsed buildings demolished
By Allison Rudd
The owners of two unstable 19th-century Dunedin buildings say they cannot believe how long it is taking to demolish them. Lincoln Darling, owner of the Barron Building in Rattray St, which partly collapsed in January last year, said yesterday he “didn’t realise there was so much red tape involved” in demolishing a building. Norma Brocklebank, co-owner of the Brocklebank Dry Cleaners building in King Edward St, South Dunedin, said yesterday waiting so long to demolish her building when its facade was ruled almost a year ago to be in immediate danger of collapsing and the building condemned had been a “nightmare”.

Mr Darling and Scenic Circle Hotel Group director Stuart McLauchlan said yesterday the demolition of their buildings was imminent. A contractor had been given the go-ahead to proceed and demolition could not happen soon enough, Mr McLauchlan said.

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ORC : DCC …. Is there any hope?

Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant

### ODT Online Thu, 23 Sep 2010
Deadline may be missed in upgrade
By Chris Morris
Concerns the stage two upgrade of Dunedin’s Tahuna wastewater treatment plant – being built at a cost of $75.8 million – could miss a crucial deadline have prompted a warning from the Otago Regional Council.

Delays could be “managed”, but regional council staff needed to be alerted “much earlier in the process, rather than closer to the slippage…The moment there is a time slippage identified, then immediately it becomes a potential consent condition breach.”
-Dr Selva Selvarajah, ORC

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DCC projects: “bearing fruit” for community

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### ODT Online Wed, 13 Jan 2010
Chin says stadium big help to Dunedin
By David Loughrey
The Forsyth Barr Stadium loomed large in Dunedin’s building activity figures last year, with the project pushing up the value of building consents for the year by $116 million. That figure made up a significant percentage of the total value of consents for the year, which added up to $289 million.
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### ODT Online Wed, 13 Jan 2010
Building confidence on rise
By David Loughrey
Building consent figures appear to show Otago has come through the recession with only limited damage, and with some major projects in the pipeline, the region could be on the verge of significant building activity.
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### ODT Online Wed, 13/01/2010 – 10:45am.
Comment by digger on Pump priming and debt
With this logic of Mr Chin’s, why don’t we really go for gold and rack up more debt spending so we ‘prosper’ more?
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D Scene, hello – construction stopped or starting?

We read the story. Can’t answer the question.
D Scene, straighten it out please.

### D Scene 20-5-09 (page 12)
Otago Stadium: City council in no rush to have appeal heard
Demo despite wrangles
By Michelle Sutton

Asbestos is being ripped out of buildings on the Otago stadium site, while ongoing High Court wrangles threaten to stop work.
[Guess who…yep, Hall Bros]

In brief:
* Hawkins Construction to start work on piles this Friday
* StS trying to speed up High Court Appeal; DCC in no rush
* StS has lodged urgent request for appeal to be heard
* No news of costs after High Court decision
* Basil Walker has asked for withdrawal of Jim Harland’s affidavit
* ORC “can’t begin to understand” half of Walker’s questions
* ORC’s first payment towards stadium due 1 August – loan not yet secured

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### D Scene 20-5-09 (page 12)
Soper turns consultant

Former Carisbrook Stadium Trust chief executive Ewan Soper is working out of the office, charging an hourly consultant rate…on a “casual basis”.
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Adopting a moderate tone

…TO ASK A FEW QUESTIONS, or we’ll send the terriers in.

Dear Dunedin City councillors, anyone?

Regarding the Awatea (St) site, how are the consents going for the proposed building(s)? And what of the road stopping?

From reading council’s website we note the public consultation process required to close a public road – any time soon for this? Or is a Public Works Act seize-and-desist (sic) regime to hit us?

Road Stopping Policy (PDF, 17.5 kb, new window)

Under Legal Requirements the policy says:

“The law recognises that the need to retain road reserve can change and the Local Government Act allows Territorial Authorities to both create new roads and stop all or part of existing roads. The processes laid down in the Act are public processes and include provision for public notification of intentions and input to the result. If objections are received with respect to a stopping proposal the power to make a final decision is removed from the Council and passed to the Environment Court. This reflects the strong protection of the public’s rights.

“There is also provision in the Public Works Act to allow roads to be stopped in conjunction with creation of new roads. This is a non public process and is used where roads are being realigned and the like. It is also used when it is found formed roads are not within the legal road reserve and allows a new road reserve to be created in the correct position in exchange for the old reserve.”

We await formal explanation of the processes and timeline required for the stopping of a road(s) at the Awatea site.

Now then, let’s go directly to the realigning of State Highway 88 to skirt the proposed stadium, as feeds into the proposed harbour arterial (aka Dunedin’s strategic corridor) – we’re talking about the section of new road to run between Frederick St and Ravensbourne Rd.

Where is the funding and construction timeline now at for this?
Is the massively overblown and expensive gyratory still in the plans?

This whole roading project may have to be fully funded by DCC if not of a suitable priority status with the Otago Regional Transport Committee.

We have to ask.
Lots of little process questions coming at us. We’ll drip feed these in the week ahead.

Don’t use the CST PR-diversion method to stall your answers, we don’t need to know the stadium’s opening act is Kenny Rogers ‘fresh’ from Star of the Desert Arena.

Sincerely

The What if? Team

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