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.

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

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