Housing Minister Phil Twyford has apologised to people affected by the meth testing saga, but has stopped short of offering compensation - for now.
His response comes in the wake of a report into meth testing by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman which found the current standard of 1.5 micrograms per 100 square cm was too stringent.
This standard was taken from a recommendation of an appropriate level a former meth-lab should be cleaned to. The new level will be 15 micrograms per 100 square cm. The new standard is estimated to save Housing New Zealand $30 million a year.
$100 million has already been spent on unnecessary decontamination of state houses.
Twyford has directed Housing New Zealand to produce a report on those who were evicted. He has ruled out compensation until he has the results of the report.
“I want to know how many houses were tested, I want to know what the results show to the level of contamination, I want to know who had their tenancies terminated on the basis of what evidence, who was evicted, who suffered a ban from public housing, who was taken to the tenancy tribunal, and who was forced to pay the costs of remediation," Twyford told RNZ.
"I want to know all those details and I will make information public when I get that report,” he said.