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Meth contamination found in Hawkes bay rental Properties. - 5th May 2015

Seven of eight Housing New Zealand rental properties tested in Napier, Hawke Bay have tested positive for contamination from Methamphetamine. Hastings addresses were not tested.

The houses were part of a nationwide sweep of 196 addresses last year, of which 101 were found to have traces of the drug commonly known as P. Readings could be caused by anything from use of the drug inside to a fully fledged P lab set-up.

Only Auckland, with 43, and Tauranga, with nine, had more houses test "positive", according to Housing NZ [HNZ], which has about 68,000 homes throughout the country.

Taxpayers forked out $1.3 million on cleaning up HNZ homes last year which were found to have readings of 0.5mcg per 100cm2 or greater, including all seven addresses in Napier.

The number of properties testing positive was a huge jump from just eight in 2013 but Mr Bosch said there was now better communication and new processes for detecting drugs.

"It would cost between $600 and $1800 per house to test all of our properties, which wouldn't be prudent use of taxpayer money," Mr Bosch said.

HNZ said they would never knowingly place a methamphetamine affected property on the market.

Despite this,potential buyers need to be aware of the issue and ask questions when looking to purchase a home. They should include a condition in the agreement for sale and purchase requiring vendors to have testing done, get a copy of the report, complete retesting if levels exceed Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines and arrange professional clean-up before taking possession.

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