Standard New Zealand Makes a Policy Decision Which Could Threaten the Independence of the Standards Development Process.
When setting a technical standard against which the performance of services can be measured, this typically involves a range of parties, many who are expert or experienced in the field on which the standard is focused. It is also generally accepted, that the standard itself will be free from political interference.
The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2 became a New Zealand Act on Wednesday as it passed its final reading and now seeks Royal Assent.
This is great news for NZ Landlords, Property Managers and Tenants alike, as it provides clarification around the issue of contaminated properties. The Regulations are still to be made, however, the Housing Minister has indicated they will draw strongly from the existing framework within New Zealand Standard NZS8510:2017, the Governments own Chief Science Advisor’s report and internationally recognised scientific peer-reviewed publications on methamphetamine contamination.