MBIE reviewing council over Bella Vista development

Author
Scott Yeoman, NZ Herald ,
Section
Business,
Publish Date
Monday, 3 September 2018, 10:51AM
The failed Bella Vista Homes development site at The Lakes in Tauranga. Photo / File
The failed Bella Vista Homes development site at The Lakes in Tauranga. Photo / File

A Government department is looking into how and why Tauranga's Bella Vista development failed and whether there is a risk of similar failures occurring elsewhere.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) this morning said it is reviewing several Tauranga City Council building control activities, following the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision.

Members of its Building System Assurance Team would carry out the review by observing, interviewing and collecting information from council staff, and visiting building sites within the Tauranga district.

Initial site visits began on August 30.

"The focus of this review is to identify how and why the failure of the Bella Vista subdivision occurred and to determine whether there is risk of similar failures occurring elsewhere in the Tauranga district," the ministry's acting manager of Building System Accreditation, Paul Hobbs, said.

"MBIE is confident that [council] staff will work together with our specialist team to ensure that an evidence-based review is undertaken, which will provide practical and valuable feedback to the council."

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