NEW ZEALAND – A scheme to paint the front door of a property on behalf of a wealthy businessman will cost $3.2 million.
The Paint and Growers Association of New Zealand (PGANZ) is calling for a crackdown on schemes which allow paint companies to pay people to paint houses and gardens.
The scheme was introduced in February after a group of New Zealander gardeners complained they were being paid for work done on their land.
The scheme is now being investigated by the New Zealand Police, which has issued a warning to paint companies about the scam.
Paint companies have a contract with a local authority to paint an area and then collect the fees from the owners.
If the fee is not paid within the time frame, the paint is discarded.
For the scheme to work, paint companies have to have a paint supplier and then someone must pay the cost of the paint.
It is now illegal for paint companies in New Zee to pay a person to paint their property, with the penalty for breaking the law being up to $2,000.
A spokesperson for the PGANZ said they were aware of some paint schemes which were “too clever to be a joke”.
A spokesman for the Government’s Land and Property Licensing Agency said they had been told paint companies were allowed to pay to paint areas on their behalf if they were satisfied the work would benefit the community. “
We are in discussions with the local authorities and are working with paint companies on the issue.”
A spokesman for the Government’s Land and Property Licensing Agency said they had been told paint companies were allowed to pay to paint areas on their behalf if they were satisfied the work would benefit the community.
PGANZZA says it has received reports of paint schemes that have cost $7 million in the last five years.
But paint suppliers have been advised to stop such schemes as they are not sustainable.
New Zealand is among the countries that allow paint schemes to continue without a stamp.
In New Zealand, the scheme is not considered a public service and it is illegal to pay someone to paint your property.