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Evicted meth-test homes in Wellington now mostly re-occupied

Housing New Zealand has re-opened about 100 houses of the 240 from which tenants were evicted because of so-called meth contamination.

The reopening of the houses across New Zealand – a third of which are in Auckland – comes two months after HNZ accepted the recommendation of the then Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, and applied a new standard of 15 micrograms per 100cm2.

The former standard of 1.5 micrograms per 100cm2 resulted in a pop-up industry of meth-testing companies, and widespread eviction of tenants from HNZ accommodation.

In the Wellington region, ten of the 11 homes emptied of tenants, are now occupied.

All affected tenants have been removed from a list of suspended clients and debt-recovery has stopped.

A report into the handling of the meth testing was ordered by Housing Minister Phil Twyford in June.

At that time, HNZ chair Adrienne Young-Cooper said the report would take about six weeks – to 24 July.

HNZ say that the report “is well underway”.