TOM LEE / STUFF
A government department examines how and why a sub-development of the Tauranga sub-division has failed and whether there is a risk of similar failures elsewhere.
The Ministry of Commerce, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) said on Monday that it would review a number of building control activities of the Tauranga City Council (TCC) after the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision.
On March 9, 21 residences were evacuated from development when Cyclone Hola Tauranga approached and the site and houses proved to be unsafe.
Dangerous craftsmanship on the houses was discovered despite houses passing the inspections of the board.
MBIE Acting Manager Building System Accreditation, Paul Hobbs, said the focus of the review was to identify how and why the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision occurred and to determine whether there is a risk of similar failures elsewhere in the Tauranga district .
* Bella Vista's finances were wrong, say ex-staff and contractors
* Bella Vista developers are still selling homes
* Bella Vista homeowners are bought by the council
* Building inspector has bought a Bella Vista house
* Legal action brought against Tauranga Council on Bella Vista
Members of MBIE's system management system would conduct the review by observing, interviewing and collecting information from TCC staff and visiting building sites in the Tauranga district, she said.
Initial site visits started on August 30, 2018.
"MBIE is convinced that TCC employees will work with our specialized team to ensure that an evidence-based assessment is conducted that will provide practical and valuable feedback to the Board."