Hon Phil Twyford
Minister for Housing and Urban Development
20 September 2018
A report by Housing NZ into its response to methamphetamine contamination shows the organisation accepts its approach
was wrong and had far reaching consequences for hundreds of people, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford
“Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions,
being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases,
being made homeless.
“Housing NZ is committed to redressing the hardship these tenants faced. This will be done on a case by case basis and
the organisation will look to reimburse costs tenants incurred, and make discretionary grants to cover expenses such as
moving costs and furniture replacement.
“They will also receive a formal apology from Housing NZ.
“This is what government accountability looks like. Housing NZ are fronting up, acknowledging they were wrong and
putting it right.
“The approach to methamphetamine from 2013 by the government of the day was a moral and fiscal failure. Housing NZ had
been instructed by then ministers to operate like a private sector landlord. This led to the wellbeing of tenants being
“Even as evidence grew that the meth standard was too low, and ministers acknowledged it wasn’t ‘fit for purpose’, the
former government continued to demonise its tenants. At any time they could have called for independent advice. Our
Government is choosing to do the right thing.
“Under the helm of chief executive Andrew McKenzie, Housing NZ is a very different organisation. It has a new focus on
sustaining tenancies, being a compassionate landlord and treating drug addiction as a health issue. This whole sorry
saga would not occur under the Housing NZ of today.
“The meth debacle was a systemic failure of government that hurt a lot of people. Our Government is committed to putting
this right,” Phil Twyford said.