Housing New Zealand, now part of a new Crown entity Kainga Ora, said in the last three calendar years 14 of its properties in the South Canterbury area tested positive for methamphetamine.
“The majority of those positive results were reported in 2017, when 11 properties – nine in Timaru and one each in Temuka and Waimate – tested positive for methamphetamine,” a Kainga Ora spokesman said.
Last year three Timaru properties tested positive and one Timaru property has tested positive so far this year.
“The way Kainga Ora manages methamphetamine contamination in its homes has changed and will continue to change as it develops new and better ways to support people,” the spokesman said.
“Our focus is on making sure people in its homes who experience addiction, or who have family members living with them who struggle with addiction, get the support they need.”
Where meth lab activity was suspected, Kainga Ora would refer the matter to the police.
“We cannot provide detailed costs on each of these properties that required decontamination, as that information is not readily at hand.”