Court of Appeal rejects claim of negligent misstatement for code compliance certificate

Last week the Court of Appeal released their decision for the case of Invercargill City Council v Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust. This case arose from the collapse of the roof of the Invercargill community courts in 2010. The Trust, who owns the building, claimed the Council was negligent in issuing a code compliance…

Councils on the hook for product liability?

NBR reports that Carter Holt Harvey has issued third party claims against 47 local body councils, alleging breach of duty in the building consent process. The Ministry of Education is suing Carter Holt Harvey in negligence, claiming its Shadowclad plywood cladding product is inherently defective, and has contributed to weathertightness problems in hundreds of school…

New legislation addresses ‘earthquake-prone’ buildings

In response to recent earthquakes, the government has responded with legislation aimed at improving New Zealand’s resilience. Hon Dr Nick Smith highlights a key component of the strategy being the development of ‘suitable regulatory requirements for identifying and upgrading those older buildings that are significantly below today’s requirements for seismic resistance’. The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)…