Prosecutions

EWRB v Woodhouse

Mr Woodhouse was sentenced at Porirua District Court for performing unauthorised prescribed electrical work which included the installation of lights, power points and an outside water heater at a property in Mana. He also arranged for a Certificate of Compliance to be issued for the completed work. As Mr Woodhouse was not a registered and licensed electrical worker, he was not authorised to do this work or to issue the Certificate and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,200 plus solicitor and court costs.

EWRB v Zou

The Board laid a charge against Mr Zou, director of Airon Ltd, after receiving a complaint about electrical work that he had carried out involving the installation of heat pumps. One of three heat pumps installed by Mr Zou at a property in Murrays Bay, Auckland was incorrectly installed with the wires exposed causing the unit to short circuit. While Mr Zou’s business sold and installed heat pumps, he was not licenced to carry out their electrical connection.

Judge Sinclair imposed a fine of $2,500 in the North Shore District Court after agreeing with the Board’s submission that any fine imposed must be a sufficient deterrent to ensure that performing unauthorised electrical work is not profitable.

EWRB v Belmont

On 29 January 2020, Mr Belmont pleaded guilty to one charge of performing unauthorised prescribed electrical work under the Electricity Act 1992. Mr. Belmont operated a business that specialised in installing security alarms and CCTV equipment. On 9 October 2017, he installed an alarm system at a residential property. This work included wiring for the alarm, which was connected to the mains board.

He was not licensed or registered to carry out prescribed electrical work. The installation was found to have a number of defects including exposed wiring leading to the unit. Mr Belmont was fined $3,750.