Peter Atkins, Christchurch
In February 2019 the Board brought proceedings against Peter Atkins in the District Court at Christchurch. Mr Adkins had upgraded a meter box, installed an additional circuit in a lounge and had installed light fittings, power outlets and light switches. He was not registered or licenced to carry out the work and safety issues with the work were found on inspection of the property. Mr Atkins entered a guilty plea to a charge that he had carried out prescribed electrical work without the authorisation to do so. Mr Atkins was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay Solicitor and Court costs. The Court ordered that 90% of the fine was to be paid to the Board.
David Gardner, Waikato Region
In April and May 2017 David Gardner installed fourteen heat pumps in the Waikato Region. This involved prescribed electrical (PEW) work which Mr Gardner was not registered or licenced to carry out. Mr Gardner pleaded guilty to fourteen charges of doing unauthorised PEW. Judge Menzies considered Mr Gardner ought to have been aware of what he could and could not carry out, and imposed a total fine of $5,050. The Court ordered that 90% of the fine was to be paid to the Board. Mr Gardner was also ordered to pay costs.