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Clayton Gosgrove, Building Issues Minister, seems to have overlooked the obvious in suggesting that owner-builders should be further penalised. Members of Parliament do not need to be Licensed Practitioners. They are not even required to demonstrate competence.
The new draconian Licensed Building Practitioner regime being introduced by Mr Cosgrove is nothing more than a scheme to protect those responsible for the Leaky Building Syndrome.
Owner-builders not only build well because they are going to continue living in their own houses. They also hold the obvious answer to affordable housing.
Published in the New Zealand Herald 1 May 2007
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