That’s a high level of ignorance

November 25th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Television presenter Miriama Kamo and her husband Michael Dreaver have admitted carrying out illegal work on their Waiheke home. 

Kamo and Dreaver entered guilty pleas at the Auckland District Court, in relation to four charges jointly laid under the Building Act. 

Charge sheets showed the pair had made adaptations to the property including installing a pot belly stove, a “yurt”, a second storey sleeping area, a verandah, and turning a shed into a reading room.

None of the renovations had building consent and the offences dated back to 2009, with the most recent renovation carried out last year. 

Kamo and Dreaver have spoken to women’s magazines about their renovation plans for the five hectare property, boasting about installing two Mongolian yurts -huts- on the land.

The pair were married at the Orapiu Rd home earlier this year, and on Tuesday Kamo admitted the pair had been so distracted by their wedding plans that they hadn’t paid attention to the lesgislative requirements of their DIY work. 

“I hope that proves our ignorance rather than our intent. If we have intended to break the law, we wouldn’t have talked about it in magazines,” she said. 

If the changes were just putting in a pot belly stove, I can imagine you might not twig you need consent. But how can you not know that adding on an extra storey to your house would need consent?

Building Act changes

March 25th, 2008 at 12:12 pm by David Farrar

National is warning that proposed changes to building consents, such as one consent for a development, may lead to “ticky-tack” suburbs with identical house designs.

While it is a fair criticism, I have to say that overall I find the proposals by Shane Jones to be a move in the right direction.

Especially welcome is the proposal to change the regulations so that minor alterations – such as moving a window, door or toilet – no longer required a building consent.

The devil is in the detail, but the Jones proposals look to be the first serious move to start reducing consent costs, after eight years of increasing them. Better late than never, and I think the changes are worth supporting.  That of course depends on the exact details.