About Us

About Active Plumbing & Drainage

Active Plumbing & Drainage is here for all your plumbing needs. We specialize in a variety of services: gas plumber and gas fitter services, Emergency Plumbing, Backflow Prevention, Drain Plumbing & Clearing and Kitchen and Bathroom RenovationsWe do it all!

Active Plumbing & Drainage is owned and operated by Matt Higgins in Styx, Christchurch. With over 25 years of experience, Matt has been a plumber since leaving school at the age of 15. He completed the 8000 hours work and exams required to become a Registered Plumber and then continued his plumbing education to become a Certified Craftsman Plumber, one of the highest ratings achievable in New Zealand. The Craftsman Plumber Certification* is more than just plumbing and includes aspects of running a business. In addition, Matt has also become one of the first Plumbers in New Zealand to qualify as an official Back Flow Prevention Specialist.

Matt is renowned in Canterbury for his incredible knowledge and experience and his devotion to exceptional customer service. His entire team are selected for their experience, training and focus on high-quality workmanship.

The result, over his 25-year career, Matt has successfully built a highly successful plumbing business renowned for its service and high quality of work.


Our Plumbing Services

Toilets & Faucets

Repair or Replacement

Have a leaking toilet or leaking tap? Active Plumbing can fix all types of water leaks or do a full replacement. 

Hot Water HEaters

Repair or Replacement

Have an issue with your hot water heater? No one likes a cold shower! If your water isn’t as hot as it should be, call Active Plumbing today.

Drain Clearing

Camera Inspetions

Active Plumbing can assist you by unblocking your drain before it becomes a messy and potentially dangerous issue. 

Gas Piping

New or Existing Gas Lines

If you need to install gas piping or gas appliances at your place, Active Plumbing can assist. We also provide repair and maintenance services.

Back Flow Prevention

Approved Backflow Technician

Active Plumbing are Canterbury Backflow Specialists. We provide assessments and installations of Backflow Preventers.


Bathroom and Kitchen Remodels

Whether it is a full makeover or a small job needed, Active Plumbing will take care of your kitchen or bathroom renovation.


Who We are

Matt higgins

Matt higgins



Only the Highest Quality Work

Bathroom Renovation
Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom renovations




I would like to say a BIG thank you to the staff of Active Plumbing & Drainage. From Erin (the lovely voice on the phone) to the men who did the work for me. All were very friendly and helpful. My house now has great water pressure and the temperature is fantastic. Thank you guys. It was a pleasure having you at my home and I have already recommended you to other people. Keep up the good work.

Thank you so much

Florence Allan


I was impressed with the maturity of Scott, your plumber who came out to fix a problem. He was mature, efficient and able to solve the water leak intelligently with no fuss. It was such a load off my troubled mind; I thought it was a major that might cost thousands. Instead it was a relatively simple prob which was quickly solved and didn’t cost too much to correct.

I’d use your business again and recommend to others.

Many thanks,

J. Greer


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the work of the plumber?

A plumber installs, repairs and maintains pipes, fixtures and other plumbing used for water distribution and wastewater disposal in residential or commercial buildings. 


Why plumbers are so important?

The ability of plumbing systems to deliver clean water and remove waste has protected populations from communicable disease throughout history. Plumbing advancements continue to protect lives in developing nations.


Call us today

021 335 541