Published 6 November 2014
International Accreditation NZ has recommended that Auckland Council continue to be accredited as a registered building consent authority without raising any corrective action requests.
Auditors from the accreditation authority, acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, made their recommendation after the scheduled 2-yearly audit of council consenting, inspection & certification functions.
The council’s building control manager, Ian McCormick, said on Tuesday the huge steps the building control team had taken over the last 2 years to improve its service had impressed the auditors. They noted much improved processes, systems & record keeping.
Mr McCormick said one of the significant challenges the team faced was upskilling many technical staff to match new ministry requirements for tertiary level technical qualifications.
“This achievement is the result of a great team effort, with people working hard to support their colleagues, leading training sessions and staff studying after hours to obtain the qualifications required.”
He said the department had managed a 13% increase in residential building consent applications, as well as providing support to the Christchurch recovery effort.
Attribution: Council release.