P contamination crisis could rival leaky homes

By March 17, 2016 Recent News

NZ Herald 17 March 2016
Homeowners are forking out millions of dollars to decontaminate P-riddled properties in a crisis that could rival the leaky homes disaster.

In the worst cases, contaminated houses are destroyed. An industry specialist says 40 per cent of homes he tests contain traces of methamphetamine, known as P.

This week it was revealed almost a quarter of the 19 dwellings in a Christchurch state housing development had been contaminated in the nine months since they were built.

Housing NZ spends about $12 million to $13 million a year on remedial work. Five of its properties were demolished in the 2015 financial year because they were damaged beyond repair.

But the problem isn’t confined to poorer areas and has seeped into even the most exclusive streets.
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