Usually a service people turn to for car woes, the New Zealand Automobile Association has launched a new tradie service for those with household emergencies.
AA Home Response promises to help take the hassle of out of finding a tradesperson in a hurry to fix common household breakdowns like blocked or burst pipes, lockouts and electrical failures.
AA says the service will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and aims to get a tradesperson to an emergency within 60 minutes, or at a time to suit the householder.
AA Membership and Brand General Manager Dougal Swift says its research found AA Members are keen for a home service along the lines of AA Roadservice, which helps members when their vehicles breakdown.
"Almost two thirds of those we surveyed said they had needed a tradesperson in the past 12 months," Mr Swift says.
"But unless they were connected through friends or family, getting someone to fix the problem fast was often difficult."
AA Home Response costs from $32 per year with other options available for landlords and those likely to require more callouts during the year.
At the moment the service is only available in the Auckland region but the AA says it will gradually roll it out to other centres.