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    Government may leave DIY-ers out on a LIM over house projects
    5:00AM Saturday April 28, 2007
    By Claire Trevett

    DIY enthusiasts may soon have to list home improvements on their LIM reports as a warning to prospective buyers.

    Building Issues Minister Clayton Cosgrove says buyers should be told if a home was not built by a licensed builder, and proposes recording it on the Land Information Memorandum - a report on a property held by local councils.

    Mr Cosgrove also wants to restrict the work home improvement enthusiasts can tackle to simple constructions, such as a basic home, bach, farm shed or sleep-out. He said the restrictions were yet to be defined.

    "It may be that we say if it's the bach or basic family home with eaves and flashing, it's alright, but if you want to get into the Sky Tower or a three-storey place with cantilevered decks and monolithic cladding then taihoa."

    The measures are intended as a compromise between the rights of DIY-ers and calls by builders to ban DIY in the midst of wide-ranging reforms in the building industry in the wake of the leaky homes saga.

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    "It may be that we say if it's the bach or basic family home with eaves and flashing, it's alright, but if you want to get into the Sky Tower or a three-storey place with cantilevered decks and monolithic cladding then taihoa."
    Taihoa = wait a minute

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    I understand that the govt. wants to protect the public by controlling construction quality. However, doesn't NZ have building permits and inspections, so they can be sure work is done up to code? If so, it seems that it shouldn't matter whether or not work was done by a contractor or a skilled DIYer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiHopeful View Post
    Taihoa = wait a minute

    They do like to slip these Maori words in now and again, so might be wise to swot up on it.
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