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The Manawatu Ten­ants Union has wit­nessed a grow­ing prob­lem in the lives of ten­ants.

Un­like other drugs such as heroin,co­caine and mar­i­juana which cause prob­lems for the users, metham­phetamine or ‘P’, causes prob­lems for every­one in the home and their vis­i­tors.

The in­creas­ing num­ber of ten­ants we see at the Manawatu Ten­ants Union are al­ways women and their chil­dren who are Hous­ing New Zealand ten­ants.

Un­like the pri­vate sec­tor, Hous­ing New Zealand test their homes if they sus­pect P is be­ing smoked in the home.

If a pos­i­tive re­sult is con­firmed,then the ten­ants are given a few days to move out on health grounds and their be­long­ings have to re­main as they are also con­tam­i­nated.

One of the con­cerns the Manawatu Ten­ants Union is that now those ten­ants in state hous­ing have to pay the costs of the tests for the home to be de­con­tam­i­nated, which can cost ten­ants any­thing from $11,000 to $40,000.

The per­son on the ten­ancy agree­ment is the one re­spon­si­ble,for the prop­erty, while the un­known per­son who con­sumes the drug may not ever be pros­e­cuted. It should be noted that al­most all state ten­ants are on low in­comes and have no way of pay­ing the costs of de­con­tam­i­na­tion.

They have paid a price al­ready, they have lost their home and in many cases have been sus­pended from ever ap­ply­ing for an­other state home for years and be­come part of the grow­ing num­ber of the in­vis­i­ble home­less.

Cen­tral gov­ern­ment has to take a lead and change the law, so as those on the ten­ancy agree­ment, if deemed in­no­cent of P use, are not li­able for the costs of de­con­tam­i­na­tion, the user should be made to pay these costs.

This is an is­sue that has the po­ten­tial to im­pact on the whole com­mu­nity not just state ten­ants.

The pri­vate sec­tor has to get in­volved in this as it will af­fect their bot­tom line. P is toxic, full stop.

Kevin Reilly Manawatu Ten­ants Union


Mr. Valen­tine, get with it man [Tri­bune April 20]; we turned our clocks back one hour, not 30 years!

For the sake of a $20 smart phone and $20 a month you want every­one to de-evolve.

Most of the res­i­dents in re­tire­ment homes ac­cess the web and do so with skill, get your head out of your... let’s say ‘the sand’ for the ben­e­fit of po­lite­ness.

E-mail sent via my $60 smart phone

AlWin­der Palmer­ston North


Palmer­ston North needs a pur­pose-built mens hos­tel run by a trust con­sist­ing of a va­ri­ety of or­gan­i­sa­tions and church com­mu­nity groups.

The cur­rent men’s hos­tel run by the Sal­va­tion Army, has I be­lieve be­tween 15 and 20 men at any one time.

I am­not say­ing they don’t do a good job, but work­ing on the ba­sis of 15 men pay­ing $100 per week each, that’s $6000 a month .

Chris Si­b­ley Palmer­ston North CON­TACT US The Tri­bune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Pref­er­ence is given to let­ters ex­clu­sive to The Tri­bune. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tri­bune@msl.co.nz or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

Even smok­ing meth can cause a house to be con­tam­i­nated.

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