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MethSolutions in the Westpac ‘Dragons Den’

The meth testing and decontamination sector has a lot of uncertainty around organisational quality. Miles and Nicky Stratford smile with relief after the pitch. Wanting to stand out from the crowd, MethSolutions made the decision to enter the Westpac Growth Grant Awards. Doing so, provides additional focus for our business and confidence to our clients that an independent party has taken a good look at our business and made an assessment as to the quality of our operation. It also provided us with the goal to win more than $50,000. This prize includes cash of $40,000 as well as advertising, professional advice and a trip to Nurture Change in Fiji! This year, out of more than 400 applicants from around the country, MethSolutions made the top 6 finalists. All the finalists (including us) will be going to Fiji.  When pitching for the top slot, we were pipped for the Miles wearing full decontamination suit during the pitch grand prize by the Ecoware team. Good guys and a great business. Our congratulations go to them. While we were disappointed at not taking out the top prize, we know that the exercise was really worthwhile. For organisations looking to develop and grow, we strongly recommend entering the Westpac Growth Grant competition. Here’s a video of all the finalists in the presentation room – we are the first company featured. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnC1FquqfMI   MethSolutions celebrate Westpac Growth Award Finalists To give you more of an insight into the competition, we’ve taken the opportunity to ask Grant Robinson, Westpac National Manager, Professional Services and coordinator of the Westpac Growth Grant Competition, some questions that will give you context around the competition and the impression we made on Westpac and the judges. Read more […]

October 5th, 2017|Discussions on Meth|Comments Off on MethSolutions in the Westpac ‘Dragons Den’

Insurance and meth contaminated property

Meth contaminated properties and insurance – what is the future? The difference between contamination from use of meth and contamination from meth manufacture is technically difficult to determine although generally the level of contamination from manufacture tends to be higher.  Both affect insurance claims. One thing is for certain, the period between no meth and [...]

October 5th, 2017|Investors, Property Managers|Comments Off on Insurance and meth contaminated property

Motel Case Studies

We continue our series of meth contamination case studies - all of these have been collected by MethSolutions' staff while out on testing and sampling jobs. Example 1 - Coromandel Property is Baseline tested as part of pre-purchase due diligence over concerns regarding a previous manager. Baseline testing identifies low levels of meth residues in [...]

October 1st, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Motel Case Studies

Holiday Home Case Studies

We continue our series of meth contamination case studies - all of these have been collected by MethSolutions' staff while out on testing and sampling jobs. Example 1 - Northland Property rented for a week through an online booking website. Suspicion of untoward behaviour during period of the rental. Owners had the property Baseline meth [...]

September 13th, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Holiday Home Case Studies

An Interview with Bindi Norwell, CEO REINZ

The performance of the real estate industry, and those businesses, like MethSolutions, that are part of the real estate value chain, has the potential to influence our economic, social and emotional wellbeing. The ‘glue’ that holds the real estate industry together, is REINZ. The Real Estate Industry of New Zealand. And REINZ has a new [...]

August 24th, 2017|Goverment/Council, Real Estate Professionals|Comments Off on An Interview with Bindi Norwell, CEO REINZ

Rural Property Case Studies

We continue our series of meth contamination case studies - all of these have been collected by MethSolutions' staff while out on testing and sampling jobs. Example 1 - Rodney district Long-term family farm leased to a share milker who employs a manager. Manager is moved on for poor performance and a new person takes [...]

August 23rd, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on Rural Property Case Studies

REINZ Meth Standards seminar

MethSolutions committed to supporting the development of the new meth testing and decontamination Lisa Gerrard, Chief Legal Officer REINZ Standard NZS8510, because it is in line with our commitment to reducing the harm caused to people by MethAffected Property. And so, when REINZ advised that they wanted to run a session with their members and [...]

August 12th, 2017|Discussions on Meth, Real Estate Professionals|Comments Off on REINZ Meth Standards seminar

Q&A on new Meth Testing Standard

Standards New Zealand has released helpful question and answers about the new Standard NZS8510. They answer these questions What is the purpose of the Standard? What does the Standard include? Who developed the Standard? How was the Standard developed? Why was the Standard necessary? Who will use the Standard? What does the Standard say about [...]

August 8th, 2017|Goverment/Council, Meth News|Comments Off on Q&A on new Meth Testing Standard

MethManaged Case Studies

We continue our series of meth contamination case studies - all of these have been collected by MethSolutions' staff while out on testing and sampling jobs. Example 1 - West Auckland An inspection immediately after a party identified some unusual activity which could not be accounted for by normal behaviour. A Baseline test was previously [...]

August 2nd, 2017|Case Studies|Comments Off on MethManaged Case Studies

NZ’s “love affair” with meth continues

Each quarter we publish the MethMap of New Zealand - this summarises all the meth tests we have done in the past three months and shows region by region what proportion of tests were positive. In the three months April, May and June 2017, we found One suburb with half the meth tests coming out [...]

July 28th, 2017|MethMap|Comments Off on NZ’s “love affair” with meth continues