Owners and insurers need compensation after meth fiasco

Owners forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars re-gibbing, recarpeting, and renovating rental properties based on a discredited methamphetamine test deserve compensation, as do their insurers.

Housing New Zealand will compensate 800 tenants kicked out of their homes for meth tests the agency now admits were wrongly used and not needed.

If the Government is to compensate kicked-out Housing New Zealand tenants by between $2500 and $3000, they should also compensate both owners and insurers who have paid out tens of thousands for each property “decontaminated”.

The meth test never made sense and while the Government did nothing a whole new meth-testing industry appeared forcing owners into expensive and unnecessary “decontaminations” and refurbishments.

Inquiries done in 2014 under the Official Information Act revealed no evidence of any actual harm from illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths resulting from methamphetamine contamination.

Toxicologist Nick Kim went on record in 2016 that the benchmark for testing for methamphetamine was 24 times lower than “the lowest level that could you could plausibly have a health risk”.

The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, officially busted the methamphetamine testing nonsense in June of this year when he confirmed that there had never been a documented case of someone getting sick from third-hand exposure to meth.

Meth, evidence, and Govt failure, first published in June at the New Zealand Centre for Political Research, which backgrounds the issue, may be read here.

[Read the Blog post here]