28 Apr 2021

Fines handed down to those convicted over Bella Vista housing development

10:41 pm on 28 April 2021

A judge has handed out $165,000 in fines to three Tauranga men and a company convicted over the botched Bella Vista housing development.

Bella Vista subdivision in Tauranga

The Bella Vista subdivision in Tauranga. Photo: RNZ / Andrew McRae

Twenty-one homes were eventually declared dangerous or not up to scratch and had to be abandoned.

Bella Vista Homes director Danny Cancian has been ordered to pay $60,000 for breaches of the Building Act, with the judge describing him as a bully by nature who was arrogant and entitled.

His failed company was also convicted in a reserved decision last year but has not been fined.

Cancian is now on a jobseeker benefit but the judge said that was not a compelling reason for reducing the penalty.

Bruce Cameron and his company The Engineer Limited were convicted on six charges each and have been fined a total of $90,000.

Judge Paul Mabey said Cameron had failed his obligations at the highest level.

Blocklayer Darrel Joseph will have to pay $5000 for each of his three convictions.

Ninety percent of all the money will be handed over to the Tauranga City Council.

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