Exclusive: Commerce Commission investigating 'flawed' wall panels that have left people devastated

The Commerce Commission is investigating a flawed building product at the centre of a 1 NEWS investigation.

The agency is looking into allegations of false and/or misleading representations under the Fair Trading Act about the K3T Wall panel system on the Global Fibre8 website and promotional material

Read more from Barbara Dreaver's investigation:

Exclusive: 'Deeply flawed' wall system being sold to unsuspecting Kiwis by Auckland-based Cook Islands group

'Deeply flawed' wall panel system expands internationally

Two houses in Northland have been demolished after the product caused cracks and leaked chloride, poisoning concrete and corroding steel.

Global Fibre8 has also been ordered by the international compliance company Sai Global, which codemarked the product in Australia to stop using the certification to promote its product.

Sai Global told 1 NEWS that the certificate for the K3T panels expires in July and won't be renewed.

Global Fibre8 chief executive Tangi Tuake claims Sai Global has been to his Onehunga warehouse to audit the K3T panels but Sai Global says it has no relationship with the company.

The codemark is made out to an Australian company Esttar International, associated with Mr Tuake, which has been deregistered.

It is this codemark which helped convince the Far North District Council to approve the K3T panels for the two Northland homes which had to be demolished.

The council won't comment as it’s being taken to court over the issue, along with Global Fibre8, by Karen and Randolph Urlich.

"We’re actually asking for re-embursement for what it has cost us to fix something that should never have been allowed to build with, should never have been put on the New Zealand market, should never have been approved by Council."

More victims of the building product scandal have come forward including Waikato couple Bob and Tanya Breen, who have piles of the product in their driveway.

They’re $100,000 out of pocket as three engineers have told them they can’t use it for an industrial build as it doesn’t comply with the New Zealand building code.

“There are certain tests that should have been done and haven’t been done,” Mr Breen said.

Global Fibre8 is run by a Cook Islands family which has used community connections both domestically and internationally to promote the product, associated companies selling the product are also based in the Cook Islands and Australia.

Both the company involved – Global Fibre8 – and the Far North District Council are being taken to court over the issue. Source: 1 NEWS



Do you know these people? Auckland cops hunting trio after man sitting at train station suffered 'savage' beating, left with fractured eye socket

Auckland police have stepped up their hunt for three people over a violent attack on a 25-year-old man who was waiting for a train at the Onehunga train station last Saturday.

The Colombian man was sitting waiting for his train at about 1.40pm when he was approached by a male offender who demanded his wallet.

The victim declined, and the man allegedly began to savagely beat him, kicking him to the ground and continually punching and kicking him as he lay defenceless on the ground, said Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Armstrong of Auckland City Police.

The victim received serious head injuries, including a fractured eye socket and a deep gash to his head, Mr Armstrong said.

"Police are appalled by this completely unprovoked and violent attack and need the public’s help to identify the offender," he said.

“This was a particularly violent assault and we are determined to identify the offender involved and hold him to account for this.  

“What was also very concerning was the extreme level of violence used, well over and above that needed to overcome the resistance of the victim.” 

Mr Armstrong said someone will recognise the alleged offender, his friends or family will know who he is and police urge anyone with information which may help them identify him to contact police immediately.

Police are also looking to identify and speak to the other two people in these images.  

Person wanted over Auckland attack at train station
Person wanted over Auckland attack at train station Source: NZ Police

The male was wearing camouflage pants and a blue top and the female was wearing a blue and black jacket.  

If you have any information that could help the investigation, contact Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Armstrong on (09) 524 1962 or Sergeant Harris (after 1pm) on (09)  524 1961.

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

People wanted over Auckland train station assault
People wanted over Auckland train station assault Source: NZ Police

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Watch: 'Settle petal' - Ron Mark scolded for 'sexist remark' in Parliament

New Zealand First MP Ron Mark was ordered to apologise for telling a female MP to "settle petal" in Parliament this afternoon.

During Question Time, National’s Maggie Barry was asking a question about veterans with mental health issues, but the comment by Mr Mark, who's the Defence and Veterans Minister, was thought to be directed at Amy Adams. 

Holding up a report titled 'Warrant of Fitness' Mr Mark said: "The member reads the report which was just tabled this morning. You'll see that's one of the recommendations. I will say that, I will say, settle petal, petal."

It was unclear from Parliament TV footage who Mr Mark was directing the comment at, but National MP Judith Collins tweeted that it was addressed to National MP Amy Adams.

Speaker Trevor Mallard ordered Mr Mark to withdraw the comment and apologise. 

"And I just want to make it clear that that sort of sexist remark is not going to be accepted in the House," Mr Mallard said.

Mr Mark did withdraw and apologise and later said every recommendation in the report being discussed will be taken seriously.

In her tweet, Ms Collins asked: "Where's the outrage now PM Ardern?"