Residents claim kids played in P-contaminated goods dumped on Wainuiomata lawn

Household items contaminated with P were left on the front lawn of a Housing New Zealand property in Wainuiomata.
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Household items contaminated with P were left on the front lawn of a Housing New Zealand property in Wainuiomata.

The contents of a Housing New Zealand property contaminated with methamphetamine sat on a front lawn for three days, as children played among the rubbish and adults picked over it.

Contractors wearing full protective clothing were seen working at the house in Ngaturi Grove, Wainuiomata, on Wednesday, before the contents were dumped outside.

Resident Josh Briggs was among neighbours who saw children playing among the contents and adults picking over them, as the contents sat on the lawn for three days.

Adults picked through household items in Wainuiomata for three days, and children played around them.
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Adults picked through household items in Wainuiomata for three days, and children played around them.

"There was no notification for neighbours that this house was contaminated, or that the stuff on the lawn is contaminated," Briggs said.

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"There was anything and everything from the fridge to the oven, desks to bedding, to carpet and the underfloor, as well as household rubbish.

Carpet and underlay were among the items left sitting outside the house while it was treated for meth contamination.
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Carpet and underlay were among the items left sitting outside the house while it was treated for meth contamination.

"My main concern is the safety and wellbeing for my neighbours on my street, particularly the number of children we have on our street that play out here.

"To have the rubbish out there and the risk that it's contaminated, it's just a risk to everybody's wellbeing."

Housing NZ sent representatives to the property on Friday afternoon to organise the removal of the potentially hazardous items.

Spokeswoman Bryony Hilless said on Friday night: "As the [items] were being removed by one of our maintenance contractors, an incident occurred on the site which meant the work wasn't completed as planned.

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"Unfortunately, we were not alerted to this situation until today. When we became aware of it, we acted immediately to ensure the items were removed."

A neighbour said she feared for her children's safety after learning out about the contamination.

"It's a health and safety hazard ... especially when I already have a 2-year-old who already gets sick on her own. We don't really need that s... around here on top of that.

"It's not OK. With all the rubbish, we end up with all the mice at my house and so we're constantly trying to do our house, but the other house next door isn't getting fixed. It's disgusting."

The woman claimed she had made complaints to Housing NZ about the tenants before the contamination, but said "nothing's been done".

Hilless was aware "there are a couple of neighbours who are annoyed about the situation", and was making contact with them.

"We've already started the process [of decontamination] and will look to complete it as soon as possible to ensure we have a safe, clean, healthy home available for a family in need."

 - Stuff

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