‘P’D ON’

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

The re­sponse from Hous­ing New Zealand on the is­sue of metham­phetamine in state hous­ing is pre­dictable.

There is no ar­gu­ment that the drug is a se­ri­ous com­mu­nity prob­lem. Where the Manawatu Ten­ants Union dif­fers, is that in many cases, it is the ten­ant on the ten­ancy agree­ment who pays the price by be­ing made home­less.

They are re­fused a trans­fer and sus­pended from ap­ply­ing for a state house for least two years.The ac­tual P users at the ad­dress, it would seem are never pros­e­cuted. The poor ten­ant is guilty un­til proved in­no­cent, not in­no­cent un­til proved guilty. On top of be­ing made one of the in­vis­i­ble home­less, they are ex­pected to pay the costs of the de­con­tam­i­na­tion of their former homes. The costs are con­sid­er­able, given that most state ten­ants are some of the poor­est peo­ple in the coun­try, liv­ing on low fixed in­comes. Is this fair when P was de­tected on their watch.

Kevin Reilly, MTU

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