About Us

Meth Check was started in response to the founder’s own personal experience of buying a property which had been used as a Meth Lab. The founder of Meth Check purchased a rural property, which was 5 years old and had been used as a rental for 2 years. While it was a rental property it was used as a Meth lab, so was no longer fit for habitation.

Having a Meth check done prior to purchasing the property would have saved many thousands of dollars and prevented a great deal of anxiety and heartache.

It has now become our mission to protect and educate people so they know what they are buying or what they are renting out. There are not always signs evident and the only way to be sure is to test. After all it is a small price to pay to protect your biggest investment.

“It has now become our mission to protect and educate people so they know what they are buying or what they are renting out. ”

Katie and Alan Howes, Owners of Meth Check NZAlan and Katie are the directors of Meth Check NZ(2017) ltd and run their family business from East Auckland. Alan and Katie have 2 children who attend local schools and sports clubs and are often found mucking in to support their local community and clubs.

Katie, who works in Meth Check on a part-time basis, also runs a successful hair salon along with her business partner- Creations employs a team of skilled hairstylist and can be found in Cockle Bay, Howick.

It is fair to say that both Alan and Katie are very knowledgeable and passionate about the Meth testing industry, are easily contactable, and happy to answer any of your questions any time of day. We are happy to visit your workplace to educate your team at a time that suits you.

We pride ourselves on being able to get your job done as quickly as possible to avoid too many sleepless nights! Our reporting systems are precise and easy to read and adhere to the current NZS85102017. We are more than happy to talk you through the process and answer any of your questions.

We have noticed over the years that many companies that provide testing also do the decontamination / remediation work as well. This can be a conflict of interest, leaving your test results open to corruption. Under the new NZS85102017 an independent testing company is required.

At Meth Check NZ you will be pleased to know we offer Independent testing, therefore we have no vested interest in finding Methamphetamine in your property or vehicle. Should you need the advice of a Decontamination specialist we will be able to offer a selection of reputable, trusted companies.

Contact Meth Check NZ so we can give you peace of mind that your property is safe for you and your loved ones.

We are affiliated with an IANZ Certified Laboratory.

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Lab-Based Testing

All our site samplers send your samples to Hills Laboratories, ensuring a thorough, independent test, which is extremely accurate.

The report includes a quantitative result for every area of the property. This provides details on where the highest contamination levels are so appropriate action can be taken.

Hill Laboratories was a pioneer in methamphetamine testing in New Zealand.

Hill Laboratories have been offering routine commercial services longer than any other laboratory and continue to work closely with New Zealand Standards to provide scientific input on how best to approach methamphetamine testing.

They have invested extensively in test-automation to ensure that results are provided in the shortest time possible, while still being of the highest accredited standard.

Methamphetamine and Precursor Drug Contamination Testing

Hill Laboratories have the capability to test for traces of Methamphetamine from suspected contaminated dwellings. The test is carried out on wipe samples according to NIOSH method 9111, and is IANZ accredited.

This includes testing for three precursor drugs; Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine and Amphetamine.

Swab samples from the dwelling are taken and sent to the laboratory where they are extracted and analysed using LCMSMS (Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry Detection).

Results for methamphetamine greater than 1.5μg/100sqcm exceed the current New Zealand guideline levels.

Alan taking a sample from a wall for meth testing

Please note: Hill Laboratories strongly recommends that you engage the services of a consultant when you are checking a property for methamphetamine residues. Hill Laboratories does not offer a methamphetamine sampling service and are unable to provide an interpretation of methamphetamine results. A consultant will be able handle the entire process for you (sampling and reporting), and the report from the consultant will have legal standing.