Posts by Ross Bell

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to izogi,

    HNZ were without a CEO at a critical time. Glen Sowry left in March 2016, and Andrew McKenzie didn't start until Sept 2016. Much of the bad behaviour happened prior to McKenzie. And actually very soon after starting, Mckenzie ended their practice of meth evictions (and is now doing some cool stuff).

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    From Gluckman's report:

    "Miles Stratford of Methsolutions provided a perspective from the methamphetamine testing industry and as a member of the Standards Committee."

    He is also a member of the Auckland Regional Methampehtamine Working Group, which was thanked by Prof Gluckman.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    From the Meth Solutions Facebook page:

    To the person who phoned our office and suggested to a hard working staff member that they should go and look for another job, it is the behaviour of people that choose to use meth that presents risk to hard working Kiwis who invest in property. The need to manage that risk doesn't change, just because Phil Twyford has the report he has wanted since before he became Minister for Housing.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to John Farrell,

    This from Stuff sheds some light:

    Miles Stratford, director of meth testing company MethSolutions, said the report presented no new evidence and ignored people who had come forward wanting to tell Gluckman about their issues with meth contamination.

    "You're never going to find evidence if you don't go looking for it," Stratford said.

    "What we've got is a whole bunch of scientists who can't agree and a report that aligns with Government policy."

    Research analyst Anne Bardsley at the advisor's office, who worked on the report, rubbished this claim, saying she reached out many times to try and find the evidence behind the "real world" cases companies came forwards with.

    "It always fell apart," Bardsley said.

    Stratford said more research should be done and jumping to conclusions based on the current science was "reckless".

    He quoted "real-world research" by Australian scientist Jackie Wright - who is employed by a meth testing agency - which suggested children living in places with tests between 11.7 and 26 micrograms per 100cm2 had the same amount of methamphetamine in their hair as adult users had.

    Bardsley said she had talked to Wright for over an hour about her research - which involved a single situation in the US identified by a Centre for Disease Control where meth was being produced, not a home in which meth had only been smoked.

    "It was clearly a former lab," Bardsley said.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'm giving a talk in Australia later in June to my drug policy colleagues. I wonder what I should talk about :)

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

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    Gorilla channel

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    Colbert too:

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  • Hard News: The new medical cannabis law…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Poorly phrased - meant the 2 year time frame the government's estimated to set up the scheme.

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