NZ government agencies unable to agree on meth warnings
Wellington: Two government agencies are at loggerheads over the meth testing of state homes. The Ministry of Health is adamant it repeatedly told Housing New Zealand its methamphetamine guidelines were only suitable for cleaning-up meth labs, but the housing agency says that is completely untrue The housing agency has been using the ministry’s meth lab clean-up guidelines to justify evicting its tenants from homes where it is believed the drug might have been smoked. And many of those tenants have been forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in clean-up costs. New guidelines were released this week, showing there was no risk to health at the threshold the agency had been using to evict tenants either for personal use or from homes where the drug might have been smoked. Ministry of Health director Stewart Jessamine told RNZ the ministry had repeatedly told Housing New Zealand its guidelines were only valid in homes that were former meth labs.
“The guidelines are very clear that they are only for use in houses where methamphetamine has been manufactured. RNZ