An Auckland man has been fined more than $2000 for carrying out plumbing work that resulted in sewage spewing across a bathroom floor.
James Ta'avale, of New Lynn, was not authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board to assist with installing a toilet, shower, vanity and pipework at a Henderson house. He was fined $2113 at the Waitakere District Court on Monday for carrying out the illegal works.
As a result of his work in 2010, the board said, sewage discharged from the pipework into a bathroom and another plumber and drainlayer had to be called in to make repairs.
Ta'avale had been assisted by his dad, Moses Tupua, on the job.
It is illegal for plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers to work in New Zealand without board approval.
"Any defective plumbing work can potentially cause disease to the occupants and significant damage to a home. We would like to remind New Zealanders that sanitary plumbing must not be carried out by an unauthorised person," Kern U'ren, deputy registrar of the board said.
U'ren urged people to ask for tradespeoples authorisation cards.
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