Green Party welcomes HNZ fronting on meth testing scandal

The Green Party welcomes the belated fronting by Housing New Zealand today on the bogus meth contamination of houses and agrees HNZ should consider repaying tenants costs associated with their evictions.

“Not only were hundreds of tenants evicted on the basis of this bogus testing regime, but to add insult they were charged for it,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said.

“The issue of compensation should be seriously considered. At the very least, HNZ should repay costs around testing.” 

“Hundreds of HNZ and other tenants were put on the streets as a result of this bogus testing regime, then charged for the testing.”

“All this was so National could appear tough on crime.”

Last week, the Prime Minister’s Chief Scientist, Sir Peter Gluckman, said there had been no documented case of sickness from third hand meth exposure in houses and the country had been gripped by hysteria on the issue.

Housing New Zealand Chief Executive Andrew McKenzie today apologised to those shifted out of their homes, saying that those blacklisted as a result of the testing would have their names cleared.

HNZ would drop pursuits of those owing money for meth tests and would consider repaying those who had already paid.  HNZ would report back to the minister on the issue of compensation.

Marama Davidson said she did not accept National Party leader Simon Bridges’ claim he had no knowledge that the testing regime was flawed given former leader Bill English acknowledged on August 5 2016 the testing regime was unfit for purpose.

“Why did National not ask Sir Peter to investigate when there was already ample evidence the testing regime was flawed and had clearly been influenced by vested interests?” Marama Davidson said.

“This was a politically-driven process that has damaged hundreds, if not thousands, of lives, cost HNZ over $100 million and exacerbated the housing crisis,” Marama Davidson said.

 

Latest Health Announcements

Story

More mental wellbeing services for young people in regions

More mental health and addiction services are available for young New Zealanders in Rotorua and Taupō, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Dunedin and Sou...
Read More

Story

Green MPs in Auckland to stay in region during Alert Level 3

Auckland-based Green Party MPs will remain in the city to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
Read More

Story

Greens call for continued commitment to science from political leaders

The Green Party is calling for a renewed commitment to trust medical science, following community transmission of COVID-19.
Read More

Story

Greens call for Māori and Pāsefika healthcare to be prioritised

The Green Party is calling for greater prioritisation of Māori and Pāsefika healthcare to fix systemic inequities in the health system.
Read More

Story

350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign

The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a...
Read More

Health

COVID-19 has shown us how much we rely on each other. It has also shown us that strong health services are critical. The key to this is quality hea...
Read More

Latest Building and Construction Announcements

Sustainable buildings and warm dry homes

Everyone has the right to a warm, dry home. Instead, housing in Aotearoa often makes us sick from damp and cold. In Aotearoa, much of our housing s...
Read More

Story

National would rather save landlords some cash than look after sick kids: Green Party

The National Party is more concerned about the back pocket of property investors than sick kids and the elderly, Green Party Co-leader Marama David...
Read More

Story

Stop charging homeless people for emergency housing

The Green Party is calling for the Government to stop sending homeless people into thousands of dollars of debt with the Ministry of Social Develop...
Read More

Story

Green Party: Building code out of date and won’t ensure warm, dry homes

In response to calls for a compulsory energy rating for buildings the Green Party is renewing calls for the building code to take better account of...
Read More

Story

Green Party calling for bold steps to tackle issues in Salvation Army report

The Green Party agrees with the Salvation Army that bold new steps are needed to stop a worrying trajectory of increased rent rises and homelessnes...
Read More

Story

Dilapidated Pink Flats textbook example of why we need a Warrant of Fitness

Families living in dilapidated conditions in a boarding house in Whanganui further demonstrates why a Warrant of Fitness for housing is required, G...
Read More