Call it "state housing", "social housing" or this Government's preference, "public housing" – it's the accommodation solution that continues to be overlooked and neglected by both Labour and National governments.

Sure, the current Government might talk a lot about "public housing" and they might be building more state houses than the previous government, but it's still on a piffling scale, leaving the housing crisis entirely unaffected. So, is it time for a programme of mass state house building?

There's an argument that with KiwiBuild so utterly discredited as the Government's flagship policy for this term in power, Labour should


The need for more state houses

Lowest level of state houses since 1990s