Up to 1600 Housing NZ homes on contaminated land

Thursday 4 November 2004

A third of the 5000 Auckland homes sitting on potentially contaminated land are rental properties owned by Housing New Zealand.

By The Landlord

Auckland City this week identified the locations of 4872 homes which may be affected by higher than acceptable levels of pesticide residues, including DDT, copper, lead and arsenic.

Today, as property owners start receiving information in the mail about the potential soil contamination, Housing NZ is seeking its own advice on how to handle the situation.

That advice is expected to include whether the Government agency should test its properties for traces of the old pesticides - a process which could cost more than $1 million.

Housing NZ central Auckland regional manager Graham Bodman said 1147 Housing NZ sites, with 1600 homes on them, were believed to be affected.

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