By Nick Baker

As Australian politicians continue to rule out pill testing at music festivals, New Zealand appears to be embracing the controversial practice.

The country's Police Minister Stuart Nash said on Tuesday the idea of independent pill testing tents was "a fantastic idea and should be installed at all our festivals".

"The war on drugs hasn't worked in the past 20 years, so it's time to change to a more compassionate and restorative approach," Mr Nash told New Zealand outlet stuff.co.nz.

"We know young people are taking them, so we have to be pragmatic about it and not bury our head in the sand," he said.