First we hear from the Dominion Post that Building & Construction Minister Maurice Williamson ‘barely broke his stride’ to talk to reporters and dismiss the issue of his directorship of an air-conditioning company.
And now, in reply to my written parliamentary question, we find he gave just one speech in December relating to his Building & Construction portfolio.
This comes at a time when his Building Amendment Bill No 4 is before the House; a Bill with an isolated and piecemeal approach that totally fails to address the accountability issues of leaky buildings.
Labour agrees with the submitters; that if all the cogs are not aligned and working effectively, then the building control engine will fail. We cannot afford to have a repeat of the leaky building saga.
Surely these issues are worthy of more than just one speech a month? Isn’t it the Minister’s role to put the issues out there, to generate the widest possible awareness and encourage informed feedback? Apparently not.
Perhaps his most telling answer was in reply to my question about what goals he had set himself and his officials to achieve in 2013. There was no reference to solving the leaking building problem in the reply at all.