• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.



      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.


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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.


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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.


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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.


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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.


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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.


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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.


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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Compliance Schedule and Building Warrant of Fitness

Property owners are responsible for the safety and sanitation of their buildings. Certain systems and features such as fire alarms, lifts and air-conditioning require on-going monitoring and maintenance.

Where a compliance schedule has been issued for a building, owners must provide a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) annually to verify systems are in working order. This is a statutory declaration made by the building owner that requirements of the Compliance Schedule have been met for the preceding year.

Important Information

The Building Act 2004 was amended on 13 March 2012 and included a number of changes to the compliance schedule and Building Warrant of Fitness process.

Please read this document supplied by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: Information for Building Owners and their agents (eg IQPs).

Compliance Schedule

A Compliance Schedule is an inventory of a building’s specified systems. The schedule specifies:

  • inspection, testing and maintenance procedures
  • the frequency of required work and who should perform it.

When you apply for a building consent, you will be asked to supply details of these systems and features on the application form. You will be required to supply specific details of equipment location and details of proposed testing and maintenance procedures.

Once the systems have been confirmed, your Compliance Schedule will be issued with the Code Compliance Certificate.

If this is a new, not amended, Compliance Schedule, the Council will also issue you a Compliance Schedule Statement which provides details about the:

  • building
  • use of the building
  • owner
  • building systems covered by the Compliance Schedule.
Building Warrant of Fitness

A building warrant of fitness is a building owner’s signed statement that the requirements of the compliance schedule have been fully met. It certifies that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures in the schedule have been fully complied with during the previous 12 months.

Owner Responsibilities

For the first year, you must display the Compliance Schedule Statement in a public place in the building.

Every year after that you must:

  • Issue a BWOF – To do this you must first ensure that all requirements of the Compliance Schedule have been satisfied. This will include inspections by an independently qualified person (IQP) for each of the system’s features.
  • Display a copy of the BWOF – This must be displayed in a public place in the building.
  • Send BWOF and IQP certificates to the Council – The original BWOF must be accompanied by all IQP certificates required by the Compliance Schedule, and the fee.

In addition to inspections by independently qualified persons, the owner is often required to perform inspections at regular intervals.

Records of the following must be kept together for two years and produced when requested for audit purposes:

  • inspections by independently qualified persons
  • inspections by the owner
  • the Compliance Schedule.

To check if you IQP is registered with the South Waikato District Council please check the following site, we use the Hamilton City Council Register.

Buildings that need Compliance Schedules

A building that contains certain safety features and essential systems, such as fire alarms and lifts, requires a compliance schedule. The owner must make sure that these features and systems operate effectively, and must sign an annual building warrant of fitness.

Under the Building Act 2004, a building (except a single residential dwelling) requires a compliance schedule and annual building warrant of fitness if it contains any of the following:

  • Automatic systems for fire suppression (for example, sprinkler systems).
  • Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers (other than a warning system for fire that is entirely within a household unit and serves only that unit).
  • Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows (for example, ones that close on fire alarm activation).
  • Emergency lighting systems.
  • Escape route pressurisation systems.
  • Riser mains for use by fire services.
  • Automatic back-flow preventers connected to a potable water supply.
  • Lifts, escalators, travelators, or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings.
  • Mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems.
  • Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings.
  • Laboratory fume cupboards.
  • Audio loops or other assistive listening systems.
  • Smoke control systems.
  • Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified in any of points 1 to 13.
  • Systems for communicating spoken information intended to facilitate evacuation.
  • Cable cars
Owner's Responsibilities and Liabilities

The Building Act 2004 has shifted the responsibility for obtaining a building consent from equal sharing between the owner and his builder/contractor/subcontractor, etc, to total responsibility of the owner.

Not only is the owner now deemed liable for applying for a building consent, but he/she is also deemed to be totally responsible to ensure that work complies with the relevant Approved Documents in the Building Code. Council will advise the owner of any breaches and it is the owner’s duty to ensure that these breaches are rectified.

Any person who does, or allows any person to do, building work contrary to the Act could be liable to a fine of up to $200,000.

It is the Owner’s Responsibility to:

  • Notify the Council of any proposed building or alteration work.
  • Notify the Council of a change of use.
  • Apply for a Building Consent and provide the necessary information to confirm compliance with the New Zealand Building Code.
  • Ensure that inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures are carried out where required.
  • Notify the Council on completion of building work.
Agents of the Owner

Owners will often engage specialists for all or part of the proposed work.

These specialists include such people as architects, engineers, builders, plumbers, electricians, etc. The owner can nominate any of those specialists as his Agent. Council then deals with that person in the event of any queries or problems.

In the event of a breach of the Act the owner is still likely to bear the full liability for those breaches. However, this does not absolve the nominated agent of the owner from any liability should that person breach the Act.

Tenants and the Owner

The building owner is responsible for ensuring that safe and sanitary conditions are maintained, whether or not the building is tenanted by others.

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