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Appendix 1: Excerpt from New Zealand’s Housing Improvement Regulations 1947

14 (1) The site of every house shall, to such extent as the local authority deems necessary, be provided with efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water, and ground water. No house shall be occupied which is built on land which is not adequately drained or which is subject to periodic flooding in times of normal rain.

(2) Every house shall be provided with gutters, downpipes, and drains for the removal of roof water to the satisfaction of the local authority.

(3) Under every part of every house where the floor is of timber construction there shall be adequate space and vents to ensure proper ventilation for the protection of the floor from damp and decay.

15 Every house shall be free from dampness.

16 (1) In cases where there is a sewerage system available, every water closet, urinal, bath, lavatory basin, sink, and other sanitary appliance shall be connected to the sewerage system by impervious pipes in accordance with the bylaws or regulations in force in the district.

(2) In cases where no sewerage system is available the waste matter from every sanitary appliance shall be discharged by waste pipe or soil pipe, as the case may require, into an adequate drainage system connected to an adequate sewage tank or other adequate means of disposal.

17 (1) The materials of which each house is constructed shall be sound, durable, and, where subject to the effects of the weather, weatherproof, and shall be maintained in such a condition.

(2) The walls and ceilings of every habitable room, bathroom, kitchen, kitchenette, hall, and stairway shall be sheathed, plastered, rendered, or otherwise treated, and shall be maintained to the satisfaction of the local authority.

(3) Every room in every house shall be adequately floored so as to have a washable and durable surface, and every floor shall be kept in a good state of repair free from crevices, holes, and depressions.

18 (1) Every house and all the appurtenances and appliances of every house shall at all times be kept in a state of good repair.

See Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 for the full text.

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