Board D-Day for rogue sparkie

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The case of an unregistered Queenstown sparkie is being discussed today by the Electri­­cal Workers Regis­­­­­-tration Board.

Mountain Scene last week reported sparks flying over electrician Preston Rogers-Brown – he’s not registered
and doesn’t have a practising licence.

Rogers-Brown, who’s twice narrowly failed registration exams, says he gets around those requirements by having a registered electrician sign certificates of compliance for work he performs.

The sparkie was in the dark over a complaint laid seven months ago with the EWRB, suspecting it came from a rival he’d outed for poor work­manship.

Contacted this week in Wellington, EWRB registrar John Sickels confirms concerns were raised over Rogers-Brown in March.

Sickels says he made inquiries and was satisfied another electrician was taking responsibility for Rogers-Brown’s work, as allowed in the Electricity Act.

However, he reveals the EWRB has now received what he takes to be another com­plaint.

He’s now asking for direction from his board and the matter is on its agenda today.

Sickels confirms the EWRB has the power to pull the plug on Rogers-Brown.

“The board has a number of avenues open to it – it can prosecute people.”

When told local sparkies who pay their annual $92 licence fee aren’t happy about competing with an unregistered electrician who doesn’t pay his dues, Sickels responds: “I can understand where they’re coming from exactly.”

Rogers-Brown sits his next registration exam on Novem­­ber 21.