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Labour launches housing pressure map

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

Housing pressure is now affecting 98 per cent of the country, Labour says.

It is launching an online map with details of price rises, changes in home ownership rates, rent increases and state house waiting lists in neighbourhoods across the country.

"Housing pressures have seen house prices rise faster than wages in all but four areas of the country - the Grey District, Masterton, Westland and Wairoa," party leader Andrew Little said.

"These four areas make up 1.25 per cent of our population."

Mr Little says the interactive map shows anyone how their neighbourhood is affected.

"The highest home ownership rate in the country is in Waimakariri at 80 per cent, compared to just 39 per cent in the Waitemata," he said.

"Unsurprisingly the highest average house price - a staggering $1.4 million - is found in Auckland's eastern suburbs. In comparison in Kawerau it is $131,000."

Mr Little says the map shows how Auckland's housing shortage is affecting other areas.

In south west Hamilton prices rose 29.8 per cent in the past year - the fastest in New Zealand.

The fastest rent increases were in the Bay of Plenty, where they rose 9.5 per cent in the year to March.

"Behind all these figures are families who are paying more and more for a roof over their heads, leaving less and less for food and other essentials for themselves and their kids," Mr Little said.

Labour announced at the weekend an updated policy to build 100,000 affordable homes, crack down on foreign speculators and provide new social and emergency housing.

The information on its map came from Quotable Value, Statistics NZ and Housing NZ.

The map is being launched on Thursday on

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