18 Oct 2016

Rogue sparkies prompt ministerial warning

1:48 pm on 18 October 2016

People have been urged to check that electricians are registered before hiring them to do work in their home.

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The warning comes from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment after two people were fined a total $9262 for doing potentially dangerous electrical repairs.

An Auckland man who did unauthorised work on a yacht was fined more than $6000 as well as costs.

And a Petone man who did unauthorised work at a school in Upper Hutt was fined more than $3000 plus costs.

A Ministry official said the public should always check the certification and photo identitfication of an electrician before they began work.