FAQ

For more information about the new standards and what they mean to home owners and us meth testers read our blog here. We are certainly in-line with the new testing and reporting standards.

Firstly, we don’t do instant tests. Instant tests are for cowboys and are not recommended or compliant with the new standards.
When sampling for methamphetamine and its precursors on surfaces using methanol moistened wipes, there
are a number of sampling techniques that have been developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the industry:
1. Individual sample technique
2. Single-wipe field composite technique
3. Multi-wipe field composite technique
4. Laboratory composite technique
Meth Testing Hawkes Bay offer options 1, and 2 only.
Options 3 and 4 are both confusing for clients and cumbersome for testers and lab technicians. They have been found to be the most unreliable of the sampling techniques and least cost effective for customers, which is why we don’t offer these techniques.
For more detailed technical information on each sampling technique see here.

 

Yes, we are very discreet. We know you don’t want big banners which scream METH in and around your property. This is why none of our vehicles are sign written and our uniforms don’t have over-the-top labels or logos. We don’t walk around in boiler suit with gas masks on, so you don’t have to worry. If we do need to use this gear we try and put it on away from prying eyes or nosey neighbours.

In the Hawkes Bay, your local council is responsible for enforcing laws around meth contamination. However, even with the new standards, there is still currently no legal requirement to test a property and councils generally don’t find out about it unless notified by the Police.

Councils do have powers under the Building Act 2004 and Health Act 1956 to force actions, which can include:

>>> recording the contamination on the property’s Project Information Memorandum (PIM) or Land Information Memorandum (LIM);

>>> requiring the building owner to clean and/or close the building;

>>> requiring the building owner to re-test the building;

>>> requiring the building owner to demolish the building.

The new standards released; NZS 8510:2017 have set one contamination level for all livable areas in properties. Deprecating the previous three-tiered levels.

The new level is: 1.5 µg/100cm². Anything at or above this level is deemed to be contaminated.

The new standards also have very specific testing, reporting and decontamination requirements. For more info check here first.

Yes. This includes the laundry, bathrooms and separate toilets. According to the new standards, any area with its own door has to have its own test done.

If the house has any extra rooms such as a separate toilet, extra living area or bedroom, this will require additional samples to be taken. For more details about pricing and tests click here.

Garages also count as high-use areas under the new standards and should be tested.

See pricing and a brief description of each test here.

Screening Assessment

This test involves combining samples taken from up to 10 rooms. You can add extra blocks of five rooms for $100 each. You’ll get a result which will tell you if there is meth present along with an indication of the level of contamination. The new NZS 8510:2017 level of contamination is 1.5µg/100cm².

To carry out a screening assessment, two single swabs are used to take samples from up to 5 areas for each swab. It’s called a composite swab because the swabs from each of the five areas are combined together into one lab tested sample.

The disadvantage of doing the screening assessment is that if you do get a positive reading for meth, there is no way of telling whereabouts in the house the contamination is. To do this you’d have to test again with a detailed assessment. This is why the screening assessment is highly recommended for house hunters and landlords ONLY. If you’re in the market for a house, this test will either warn you away, or give you some serious leverage in the negotiations.

Detailed Assessment

The easiest to explain, this is the room-by-room test. A completely separate individual test is performed in each room. Rooms larger than 10m² will require one additional sample per 10m². Each room will get it’s own contamination level reading within your report.

If you have had a positive screening assessment or suspect your property may be contaminated, this is the test for you.

To book a screening assessment or detailed assessment click here.

 

It depends what you want to know and why. Our different testing options are detailed on our pricing page.

Here are some further guidelines with examples to help you decide.

Generally, if you’re looking to buy or rent a house and just want to find out if a property is meth contaminated or not the Screening Assessment is the most cost effective option.

If you’re a home owner and have any suspicion there may be meth present, you 100% need to do the Detailed Assessment right off the bat. Decontamination is a long process and you need to know exactly where the meth is and how bad to start working on it.

Meth Testing Hawkes Bay provides methamphetamine testing for properties in the following areas:

  • Hastings
  • Napier
  • Havelock North
  • *Central Hawkes Bay (as far as Waipukurau)
  • *Wairoa

*if a special trip is to be made mileage is charged at $50 per 100km, e.g. $100 for Wairoa or $50 for Waipawa. Mileage isn’t charged on days when we are testing multiple properties in that area.

 

New Standards NZS 8510:2017

NZS LogoLatest News: New Meth Standards Released. Get our reaction on our >>> blog here <<<

Our sampling and testing services are in-line with the new standards.

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Whooooaa cowboy!

Meth testing in NZ is like the Wild West. You need to make sure you don’t get hog tied. Here’s 3 reasons why we are your best choice for meth testing in the Hawkes Bay:

1. We are the only Nationally accredited representatives for Healthy Homes (NZ) LTD in Hawkes Bay. HHNZ is a National Meth Testing licensing authority. We are on the board of MTIANZ which is developing best practice and ethics standards for all meth testers in NZ.

2. Testing for meth is a scientific process and WE ARE scientists. We are not property managers or builders looking to make some extra money on the side.

3. We specialise in meth testing and offer no other services. For you this means no up-sells or conflicts of interest.

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