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.

Based in the Hawkes Bay, Neville is passionate about reducing the health and social effects of Methamphetamine. Neville studied down in Canterbury and has a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as diplomas in Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Neville is dedicated in the fight to beat New Zealand’s meth addiction as well as the crime and social ills associated with it. He doesn’t just talk the talk. Neville is a spokesperson for the Sensible Sentencing Trust and is an administrator of their Offender Database. He is also involved in the Boys To Men programme in schools which targets ‘at risk’ youth to help steer them on the right path while they are still young.

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