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Auckland Council

Methamphetamine (P) contamination problems in Auckland

Ngā tā kino a te pī whakapōauau i roto o Tāmaki Makaurau

The manufacture and use of illegal drugs, especially methamphetamine (also known as 'P'), is a serious problem in Auckland. Properties contaminated with methamphetamine pose a health risk to occupants.

​Our statutory obligations regarding meth contamination of properties

We have a number of statutory obligations to meet once we are made aware that a property has a certain level of methamphetamine contamination.

A report released in May 2018 by the Prime Minister's office found that there is unlikely to be a health risk to occupants of a property when the level of methamphetamine contamination is less than 15ug/100cm2, and there is no evidence that the property was used to manufacture methamphetamine.

In light of this report, we will:

  • remove the methamphetamine contamination tag from the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) of an existing property if it is within the acceptable level (less than 15ug/100cm2), and there was no evidence of meth manufacture
  • not take action on any new notifications of methamphetamine use (as opposed to manufacture) on a property when the level of contamination is within the acceptable level
  • advise future property owners via the property's LIM if the testing of the property shows unacceptable levels of contamination (more than 15ug/100cm2)
  • follow the existing processes as per the NZ Standard for testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties if the level of methamphetamine contamination on a property is more than 15ug/100cm2, or when an illegal drug laboratory (a P lab) has been found on the property

Read the full report

For more information, see the Gluckman report - Methamphetamine contamination in residential properties (PDF 532KB).

How to arrange testing of your property

Testing of the property should be carried out by contractors who are:

  • qualified
  • equipped
  • experienced to perform hazardous tasks.

To find meth testing contractors, check the Yellow Pages or search on the Internet.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) advises that professionals who assess and test a property must operate independently of commercial decontamination (remediation) companies.

What happens after the testing

Risk assessment

Independent testing agencies can provide a report on the initial testing results. This report must be provided to us if we have been notified.

If initial testing confirms a property is contaminated with levels of methamphetamine above the acceptable level (15ug/100cm2), or if the notification was a result of methamphetamine manufacture, you will have to decontaminate it.

Vacate the property

We have a duty under the Health Act 1956 to ensure that the contaminated property is vacated while it is decontaminated.

If you have tenants you need to make sure they leave the property.

Decontaminate your property

If contamination levels are more than 15ug/100cm2, or if methamphetamine was manufactured on the property, we ask you to carry out remediation to decontaminate your property, as set out in the NZ Standard for testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties

 

You should know

Properties contaminated with methamphetamine above acceptable levels pose a health risk to occupants.

If you do not remediate the property within 20 working days we issue a Cleansing Order

If you do not carry out the remediation of the property within 20 working days, we will issue a Closing Order which requires the property to be immediately vacated.

If you do not comply with a Closing Order you will commit an offence under the Health Act 1956 and we will start legal proceedings against you.