Meth use proves costly for social housing providers in Canterbury

Social housing providers are forking out tens of thousands of dollars to decontaminate properties that have tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

Sixty-five Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties in the Christchurch, Nelson and Marlborough regions have tested positive for P, and the number of affected houses across the country is increasing.

On average, it costs HNZ more than $14,000 to test and decontaminate each unit.


Residue Testing NZ franchise owner Nicola Clark carries out a preliminary test to determine whether a house has been used for smoking or the manufacture of meth.

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