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NRT: Calling bullshit on “P-contamination”

Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, August 8th, 2016 - 8 comments
Categories: drugs, housing, science - Tags: , , ,

I/S at No Right Turn writes

Calling bullshit on “P-contamination”

For the past year, Housing New Zealand has been using bogus tests for methamphetamine residue to evict people from state houses. They know the tests are bogus, with a huge false-positive rate, and yet they keep using them. But now, the Tenancy Tribunal is calling bullshit:

Two recent Tenancy Tribunal decisions related to meth testing have gone against the agency.

In one case, a tiny level of meth, just above the guideline, was detected on an extractor fan in a house.

Housing New Zealand evicted the tenant and tried to charge them $10,000 for the clean-up in which doors were removed as well as an oven, extractor fan, and light fittings.

In July this year the tribunal ruled the decontamination work bore no resemblance to the contamination.


In another case, ruled on in May, Housing New Zealand tried to evict a tenant for meth contamination and fine them large sums – again after low levels of meth were detected.

In this case the tenant disputed the allegation and accused Housing New Zealand of breaching health and safety legislation by renting them an uninhabitable house.

Housing New Zealand had to refund several months rent to the man it had accused.

Unfortunately most of Housing New Zealand’s victims never challenge their evictions, so its unclear how much of a restraint this will be on their abusive policies. And with political pressure to increase churn in state housing tenants as a way of masking under-provision of state houses, I suspect Housing New Zealand will just keep on chucking people out on the street on the basis of this voodoo.

(Really, someone should P-test Premier House, a few Ministerial offices, and Parliament’s debating chamber just to demonstrate the false-positive rate)

8 comments on “NRT: Calling bullshit on “P-contamination” ”

  1. adam 1

    A call out to the cleaning staff at parliament or a journalist (mind you I’m going with a cleaner to have more spine) to test these places —

    “Premier House, a few Ministerial offices, and Parliament’s debating chamber”

    Then make the tests public.

  2. mary_a 2

    Agree with I/S from No Right Turn and the Tenancy Tribunal on this one.

    A rotten low down excuse by this fetid government to either sell of or demolish state houses, making more impoverished Kiwi families homeless.

  3. esoteric pineapples 3

    New Zealand is being contaminated by this government. Look what has happened to MPI. Borderline ethics have become the order of the day.

  4. b waghorn 4

    “(Really, someone should P-test Premier House, a few Ministerial offices, and Parliament’s debating chamber just to demonstrate the false-positive rate)”
    There’s no guarantee it would be a false positive I would imagine, although cokes the drug of choice for the ruling classes.

  5. save nz 5

    P contamination everywhere is a rout!

  6. Gangnam Style 6

    “Won’t any one saves us?” as I clutch my pearls.

  7. Cinny 7

    There’s all sorts of ways to make money in the ‘war on drugs’ Mike Sabin had a good crack at capitalising on it with “Methcon”

  8. reason 8

    You’ve explained it in a nutshell Cinny ….. the Nacts dish out a lot of money to their donars and team ……. Apparently housing corp spent $20 million on Paulas P contamination scam in the last 12 months ….

    It’s a shame they did not spend this money cleaning up our rivers …. many of which Are contaminated with pathogens and nitrates …… and unlike Paulas ‘contaminated houses’ will actually make us, our children or our pets sick.

    It seems everthings a con with them …..

    We just had their Predator free -Con announcementss …. $22 million for Predator-Con and its subsiduarys ( possum-con, rat-con, pussy-cat con etc ) …. no results required.

    Cyfs will become child welfare con ………………. or serco for short .

    There are also contracts available to fly to tax havens and teach them Nz Gst ……Brethren style ..As displayed by don brash & john shewan

    Tax havens need our Gst knowledge …. John Keys Gst-con will help them

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