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State housing waiting list in New Zealand 'shockingly high'

Staff Writer |
New figures have been released showing the waiting list for state housing in New Zealand has hit an all time high.

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There are now nearly 8000 families and individuals on the waiting list for public housing, and 2000 more looking to shift to a different state house, Radio NZ reported.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford said the government was working as fast as it could.

"The waiting list is shockingly high it's getting close to 10,000 - it's gone up by 26 percent in the last three months.

"I think it's people coming forward for help because they know there's a government now that not only recognises there's a housing crisis but has said it is going to do its damnedest to put a decent roof over the heads of people who need it."

However, the government came under fire today for raising the maximum price of its Kiwibuild homes in Auckland and Queenstown by $50,000 because of rising land prices and building costs.

It wants to build 100,000 affordable homes for first home buyers over the next 10 years.

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