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Apprenticeships vs Budget

Apprenticeships vs Budget

Master Plumbers is disappointed the Government’s budget has failed to acknowledge the contribution employers who take on apprentices make. Master Plumbers commitment to apprentices is through their Masterlink programme, a mentoring apprenticeship scheme that places...

Smart Home

Smart Home

You would have no doubt heard of a 'Smart Home'. Smart homes generally involve connected devices that communicate and interact with each other for the benefit of the occupants. One common example is lights that you can control through your phone. On some systems, you...

Older dog, new tricks… and a scholarship

Older dog, new tricks… and a scholarship

A forty-year-old apprentice has won a scholarship at the 2018 NZ Plumbing Awards. As nzherald.co.nz reports, you are never to old to retrain and get recognised for your efforts. The hardest part about becoming a plumber was going back to school, says Tom Walls, a...

Loo Irony

Loo Irony

As reported by Stuff , a faulty loo has forced a plane full of plumbers to turn around. Isn't that somewhat ironic? Flying from the Norwegian capital Oslo to the German city of Munich, the plane was forced to turn around after its toilets had packed up... and the...

Plumbers are a rare bunch…

Plumbers are a rare bunch…

As TV3's Story reported on 4th May 2016, there is a significant shortage of qualified plumbers in the Auckland region, not to mention the entire country. The report goes on to say that in the next two years there will be a 58% shortfall in the number of registered...

Plumbing sham costs everyone :-(

Plumbing sham costs everyone 🙁

Dodgy plumbing work lands unprecedented fines and reparation for Shams Construction Works. The New Zealand Herald reports that company director, Shamsher Ali, was sentenced at the Auckland District Court in April after he was found guilty of carrying out sanitary...

Cheap imports can be very costly

Cheap imports can be very costly

As reported in Stuff, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has acknowledged it has concerns about plumbing fittings supplied directly by small scale importers without documentation to support code compliance. Consumers are urged to buy from reputable...

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