People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off.
"This is one more way we can right things for people who needed emergency housing and other MSD support after their Housing NZ tenancies ended because of erroneous meth contamination policies," Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says.
"MSD granted the support but people were required to pay back the money and some fell into significant debt.
"The debt is a burden for many and has caused distress for those who lost their homes through no fault of their own.
"The Government has instructed MSD to wipe these debts.
"This Government is committed to ensuring people are accessing their full and legal entitlements and are treated with respect and fairness in the welfare system," Carmel Sepuloni said.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)