A photo has emerged showing homeless people sleeping below a National Party billboard outside the Auckland City Mission

Ana Samways from the NZ Herald's Sideswipe column, tweeted the image of the campaign billboard outside the city mission on Hobson St. The billboard reads "Keep NZ Moving Forward".

Several people can be seen lying in sleeping bags on the street beneath the billboard.

The photo has been retweeted more than 300 times and has already sparked a Photoshopped version by one Twitter user.

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A spokesperson for National says "We have a range of billboards all over New Zealand."