The warning comes as more land is opened up for development in an effort to take some heat out of the property market.
Auckland consents rose to a near 10-year high to 912 in April – short of the 1000 a month Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith wants.
Ian McCormick – who oversees Auckland Council’s building consenting – said his workers were encountering serious problems at some sites.
‘We have some significant industry quality issues that we are struggling with as well, as evidenced by [the fact] between 25 and 40 per cent of all building inspections continue to fail’ he said- while appearing before a parliamentary select committee.
‘There is a real shortage of people working in the industry at the moment in Auckland. What we are seeing is large numbers of relatively unskilled folk coming into the market – often not supervised to the degree they need to be, and that’s contributing to some of the quality issues that we are currently seeing’.
Because of this, the council was working with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Registered Master Builders Association to develop a voluntary system that would help monitor quality right throughout the building process.
Mr McCormick said his inspectors dealt with cases of non-compliance that came about when very good builders failed to properly supervise subcontractors.
‘There is no way with a 25 to 40 per cent failure rate on building inspections that I can put my hand on my heart and say – ‘we are picking up every piece of non-compliant work that is actually out there’ because I am absolutely certain we are not’.