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Labour claims success for its housing map

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/07/2016

Labour says it's interactive housing map has had more than 55,000 hits in its first week.

The map, launched last Thursday, shows details of price rises, changes in home ownership rates, rent increases and state house waiting lists in neighbourhoods across the country.

People can enter their addresses and see information down to suburb level.

Housing spokesman Phil Twyford says it's a success.

"Interest in the map has been strongest in Auckland, but is also particularly high in Hamilton, Tauranga and Northland as well as Wellington and Christchurch," he said on Friday.

When the map was launched, party leader Andrew Little said it showed housing pressure in 98 per cent of the country because prices had risen faster than wages in all but four areas.

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith has said the map is riddled with errors and the comparison between wages and prices isn't credible.

"This definition would mean almost every region of New Zealand was in crisis for all of Labour's nine years in office, during which house prices rose 102 per cent and wages 44 per cent," he said.

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