An Auckland state house tenant has escaped eviction for growing and smoking marijuana for pain relief, Radio New Zealand reports.

The station said Ida Murrie, 61, was arrested last year for growing cannabis in her Housing New Zealand home.

"Ms Murrie struggles to walk. She said she was in constant pain and cannabis provided relief," RNZ said.

It said police charged her and Housing NZ started proceedings to evict her, but the agency changed its mind after she met them.


"It went a lot better than I thought it was going to go," Murrie told RNZ.

She told the station she could stay "as long as I give them a guarantee there will be no illegal activities or smoking of drugs on the property or growing or anything like that and they'll do three-monthly inspections for a year".

She still faces one charge of cultivating cannabis.