The Home Owners and Buyers Association has discovered that many apartment buildings built between 1995 and 2005 and now being pulled apart for weathertightness repairs, also have shonky fire protection.

For example, fire-rated steel beams have not been coated with retardants, and holes cut through fire walls for pipes and wires have not been sealed with fire-protecting collars.

Owners of these and untold other failed buildings now face an altogether more serious, life and death issue.

HOBANZ feels that this is a defective building problem and would like to see mandatory insurance backed by warranties.

Read the full New Zealand Herald story by Brian Rudman here

See the Auckland Council "Shoddy Building - Foundations" video here.