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Fellow Practitioners Update / Re: Fellow Practitioner Issue 411 Dated 21 July 2022
« Last post by Plumber on August 19, 2022, 02:54:27 PM »
Thank you Wal. You have invested a lot into our industry and have support many trades people. I will miss your News Letters and wish you all the best. Please do share your exit interview.
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Hey,

I enjoyed your newsletters. Thank you for the time you took to do this.
 Good luck with whatever you choose to do with all the extra time you will have.
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Fellow Practitioners Update / Re: Fellow Practitioner Issue 411 Dated 21 July 2022
« Last post by Wal on July 26, 2022, 02:50:26 PM »
Hi Everyone. Can anyone put me into contact with Home Tuners MPM Ltd. Need to speak with them regarding the Federation. Regards Wal
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Fellow Practitioners Update / Fellow Practitioner Issue 411 Dated 21 July 2022
« Last post by Wal on July 22, 2022, 06:20:45 AM »
Hello Supporters.  This is the final issue of the Fellow Practitioner as the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Federation is ceasing to operate and is de-registering as an Incorporated Society.  This doesn't mean the fight is over and Wal Gordon (ex chairman of the Federation) issues a challenge to the PGD Board and Minister of Building and Construction to conduct the equivalent of an exit interview with him to get a real picture of the state of the regulation of the industry.  Thank you all for your support over the last decade.
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Fellow Practitioners Update / Fellow Practitioner Issue 410 Dated 12 May 2022
« Last post by Wal on May 12, 2022, 01:45:10 PM »
Who actually speaks for the industry?  Is the end near? Our thoughts
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Fellow Practitioners Update / Fellow Practitioner Issue 409 Dated 23 April 2022
« Last post by Wal on April 23, 2022, 07:17:50 AM »
Where has the competency training and responsibilities gone?
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Fellow Practitioners Update / Fellow Practitioner Issue 408 Dated 8 April 2022
« Last post by Wal on April 09, 2022, 08:04:28 AM »
Hi Everyone.  Back again and we are looking at decisions made without real industry consultation. 
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The main point from the letter below....

This “old” evidence includes (and is not all that is available to the PGDB) .
•   Gas Supply - the cylinder station. Comparing the initial Allgas receipts for materials and fittings to the police forensic photos of the explosion, which showed that the cylinder station was up-graded and expanded in gas volume after the initial install, probably to accommodate the added pizza oven. Done well after I left Allgas.

•   Mid-way - the install of this said pizza oven. This is the same appliance that the PGDB denied ever receiving a gas cert for. But the same cert number and details appeared on the PGBD’S electronic register with exact same details and dates. All copies available (both electrical and carbon) showed that no soundness test was recorded (on an install that later exploded). Installed after I left Allgas.

•   Termination - the two bayonet fittings. Shown to have been lowered down the wall to floor level, from their original position some 600mm from the floor, as evidenced by the fixing screw holes in the wall. This was shown in the photos that the “Impartial” investigator withheld (he withheld well over 100 photos). He was far from impartial.

•   Termination - the sale of a third gas hose to connect the bayonets to the fryers. There were only two fryers ever installed at the chip-shop. This sale of a third hose, sold a month after I left Allgas. This is the hose that split on the 9th April again… causing the explosion. Splitting due to pinching against the floor, because the bayonet was lowered.

I openly ask the PGDB…

Are you, as a perpetual professional industry Board happy to allow this injustice to stand??? With no one to be held accountable for nearly killing someone with faulty work, and allowing 9 people of interest to not even be asked about their involvement or any other wrong doing, all done at the expense of an innocent man’s character, business and family?

Please, no double talk or legalese….just a simple YES or NO. You either do or you don’t condone this dire situation to stand.

I would respectively and formally request that this question above to be put to the vote by the Board Members and I ask for the results.

We still live in a democracy. I would give the decent people a chance to distance themselves from those that do allow for this corruption to stand.




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I would respectively and formally request that this question above to be put to the vote by the Board Members and I ask for the results.
We still live in a democracy. I would give the decent people a chance to distance themselves from those that do allow for this corruption to stand.
I look forward to your reply.
Please table this letter at the next PGDB meeting. Please can the Chair read it aloud to all members. Spoken words are more meaningful than an attachment to an email that is easier to ignore. I formally ask with all due respect that it is read in full to the whole Board before voting. I am happy to do this myself if the Board allows.
Yours with Integrity
Paul Gee
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At the hearing after a three-day ordeal of bias, more untruths and finding out very relevant photos were withheld by the very un-impartial investigator. The hearing was brought to an end just was we were cross examining the investigator about the “dangers” of the proximity of water heaters to openable windows (this the basis for the only charge that “stuck” out of 44 for me). The hearing was shut down by his long-time colleague from the gas industry and chair of my hearing Stephen Parker. Please see the final pages of the transcript of my hearing, it is blatant.
My customer stated he had never had a problem with his water heater and had never smelt any fumes entering his window. I drew on a whiteboard at the hearing how I knew the fumes would act. Since the hearing I have provided photos of an experiment I conducted that proves what I said/drew to be true and this is also supported by a British Regulation, not forgetting the documents I provided at the hearing.
But another customer who complained to the PGDB about fumes entering their home was told by the PGDB to shut the window when he used it. Which is it or does it just depend on who you are ???
This is the only charge that stands, for this window proximity, but I was scolded in the newspapers for it by Alan Bickers, a member of the Board for my hearing.
Ironically the same Alan Bickers became a Board member for Trustpower. I bumped into him in one of the only local jobs I could find, to be near my family, at the local power station. Co-incidentally I was made redundant months later after bumping into him at the power station.
If you truly regret that this matter continues to causes distress, then please do something about it and clear my name.
The terrorising of my wife with the use of child sexual abuse case notes to prove probabilities in a plumbing context is disgusting and reprehensible, I want an official apology for this egregious behaviour. I came home to her sobbing hysterically; it still haunts my thoughts. I have asked many times but have not received any apology to date.
We were forced to sell our home not long after the hearing. My wife lived in a caravan with my young sons for a whole winter. While I worked in “NZ Housing” homes. I had to sign a waiver not to tell anyone about the conditions I saw people living in, child poverty and abuse. While missing my own kids and family. I was working while watching things I will never forget and sleeping in the workshop. I have too many tales like this while working away from my family.
I have provided a lot of extra evidence since the hearing and you now have Wal Gordon’s report. I believe this is new evidence and points to 9 people of interest ignored by the PGDB. It appears that if the PGDB couldn’t pin it on me, then they are not interested in finding those that are guilty. This is not due to a lack of evidence, but due to a lack of will.
There is so much more to this than the contents of this letter, I have tried to be brief and pick a “worst of ” list. There is nothing that I have said which I can’t prove with a lot of evidence, I am considering a civil case. Time has proved me right and has not diminished my innocence whatsoever.
Is the PGDB interested in fixing this injustice before I incur the cost of a barrister? I only ask you to do what it right, fair and just.
There is acknowledgement and regret stated in writing in your letter. But these are just words without action. Innocent people always protest the most and will always go further than the guilty to see justice served.
I will re send this letter regularly to the Board. I intend to do this on the anniversary of the explosion, April 9th every year. Hence the content, to ensure new readers have the info to hand.
I hope one day we have people leading the industry with a true moral compass. I will wait until then but I am hoping it is you and those who preside today. I want to think the best of the new members of the PGDB and would hope to give them an opportunity to not be akin to their predecessors and fix this injustice. To not act is to condone in my opinion. I ask the well meaning to look at those who try to cover this up with the distain that they deserve and with this letter in mind.
I openly ask the PGDB…
Are you, as a perpetual professional industry Board happy to allow this injustice to stand??? With no one to be held accountable for nearly killing someone with faulty work, and allowing 9 people of interest to not even be asked about their involvement or any other wrong doing, all done at the expense of an innocent man’s character, business and family?
Please, no double talk or legalese….just a simple YES or NO. You either do or you don’t condone this dire situation to stand.
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