Published 15 October 2006
Manukau City Council has successfully prosecuted the Culverden retirement village’s owner, operator & director over 4 Building Act breaches for unconsented building work.
The Culverden Group Ltd, Culverden Retirement Village Ltd & director Ian Anderson pleaded guilty in the Manukau District Court to 4 offences. Building work undertaken at the Mangere East retirement complex without building consents included relocation of internal walls, plumbing & drainage works and removal of parts of the installed sprinkler system.
Fines totaled $30,000 – $5000 each for Mr Anderson & Culverden Group for offences relating to the hospital, $10,000 each for Mr Anderson & Culverden Retirement Village in relation to the retirement village.
Council development compliance & enforcement manager Kevin Jackson said: “In this case the council had extreme concerns about the extent of unconsented work and safety of residents – particularly relating to the removal of parts of the sprinkler system.
“It is vital in a retirement complex that all building work is consented and that there is a high level of fire safety. This wasn’t the case at Culverden and the council took a tough approach to make sure it happened.”
He said council staff were working to bring the entire complex into compliance.
Attribution: Council statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.