The housing crisis in Hastings has been described as a "New Zealand disgrace" by National MP Lawrence Yule.

That's prompted Housing Minister Phil Twyford to snap back, saying Yule only has himself to blame - "after all he was mayor of Hastings for 15 years".

Hundreds of children in the city, and 440 across Hawke's Bay, are currently living in emergency and transitional housing.

In a speech to Parliament, Tukituki MP Yule questioned the Government over it's "incompetent" delivery of new state houses for the region.


"It is outrageous, that in my community, 440 children are living in motels for