First-time developers are cutting corners on new homes in Auckland, raising fears of a new leaky homes-type disaster in the city, NZ Herald reveals. Industry experts warn that “cowboys” in the trade are using inferior materials and breaking building codes in order to maximise profits. The worry is that in the current hot market, desperate buyers are snapping up homes that don’t even have a Code of Compliance Certificate. John Tookey, professor in construction management at AUT, said while “big guys” were doing it right, some smaller developers were ignoring the proper processes.