Bankrupt Ranui carpenter David Gillanders has had his building practitioner licence cancelled after the Building Practitioners Board upheld 2 complaints heard in October.
The board’s decision came to light through the Codewords newsletter of the Ministry of Building, Innovation & Employment’s building & housing section this month.
The newsletter said the complaints revolved around negligent or incompetent work, the responsibilities of a practitioner who becomes licences part-way through a project, and failure to complete projects through personal financial difficulties which led to failure to pay sub-trades, and ultimately insolvency.
The board cancelled Mr Gillanders’ licence and directed that he may not apply to be relicensed for 3 years. He was also ordered to pay fines & costs.
The Codewords newsletter directed inquiries to the board’s decisions page, but the website listed neither of the Gillanders complaints. According to the newsletter, the board ordered publication of Mr Gillanders’ name, though it seems to have done this only through its own newsletter.
The newsletter said the board found Mr Gillanders demanded payments when he had no intention of completing the work and honouring the responsibilities of a building practitioner who becomes licensed part-way through a project.
A further check of the ministry website – entering the name of the builder in an online register search – discloses nothing on Mr Gillanders. The website offers the search facility to find a licensed building practitioner, check that a person is licensed, to view a person’s licence history or to find out if a licensed building practitioner has been disciplined in the last 3 years.
Mr Gillanders’ name was ordered to be removed from the register. As a person who’s no longer licensed, neither he, nor his penalty nor the reason for the decision appears on the register despite the search pointers.
Mr Gillanders put Complete Building Solutions (Auckland) Ltd (as corporate trustee of the CBS Trust) into voluntary liquidation in May 2012, and 2 other companies in which he had an interest went into voluntary liquidation in July 2012.
They were D&N Trustee Ltd (Nichole Gillanders & Stuart Wards directors, Mr Gillanders the shareholder and a former director) & Lake Road Electrical Ltd (Mr Wards the director, D&N Trustee the shareholder).
D&N Trustee owed $195,000 at liquidation. The only asset realised, $4000 of gst refunds, went to liquidators’ fees & disbursements.
Mr Gillanders was director and a shareholder of Pinnacle Construction Auckland Ltd, incorporated in May 2012 and removed from the register on 20 October 2014.
He was adjudicated bankrupt on 20 June 2013.
He was a director & shareholder of family company Nu Look Aluminium Kumeu Ltd (later named Huia Holdings Ltd), but resigned in 2004.
Attribution: Ministry newsletter, ministry web pages, Companies Register, U column.