Meth saga inquiry: Compensation not ruled out in sudden U-turn
In a sudden U-turn, Housing Minister Phil Twyford is now contemplating compensation for those who were unfairly affected by meth contamination.
A report released this week from the Government’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, said there was no evidence third-hand exposure to methamphetamine caused any adverse health effects.
Under the previous Government, hundreds of state house tenants were evicted because of third-hand residue while landlords and private tenants all over New Zealand spent thousands of dollars in testing and remediation costs.
Twyford had previously ruled out compensation for those badly affected by the current meth standards and old guidelines, but today he changed his tune.
“If this government wanted to compensate for every mistake the former government made, we’d go broke tomorrow,” Twyford told Radio NZ.
“I’ll look at the facts, then we can have that conversation. I’m not ruling it out, I’m not ruling it in.”
Whether compensation would be considered for all parties who paid for unnecessary decontamination work remains to be seen.
But Twyford did promise a thorough investigation. He said he wanted information on how many houses were tested, the levels found, who was evicted and who had to pay for remediation work.
“I want all those details and I’ll make that information public.”
Twyford said after the review he would also consider whether an apology needed to be made.