The human cost of Housing NZ's meth-testing debacle

Housing New Zealand has announced operational changes in the wake of its meth-testing debacle.

Chief executive Andrew McKenzie says it needs to become more empathetic as a landlord and respond more compassionately.

It comes after hundreds of tenants were evicted and the organisatino spent $100 million in four years testing and remediating houses that were found to contain methamphetamine residue.

The hysteria over third-hand methamphetamine contamination came to an abrupt end after a damning report by the country’s top scientist found "absolutely no evidence" of any harm caused from passive use. 

But over the last two years Housing New Zealand has issued 300 eviction notices as a result of its meth testing regime. 

While many evictions may have been justified, many were not. 

In a special episode, The Hui spoke to three former tenants who says their lives have been shattered in the Housing New Zealand meth-testing debacle.

Watch the video for the full report.