NZ gov­ern­ment agen­cies un­able to agree on meth warn­ings

Fiji Sun - - World News -

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

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