Look out KiwiBuild - a group of high school students from Dargaville are building houses for an estimated cost of $220,000.

KiwiBuild properties, which include land costs in Auckland, are around the $650,000 mark.

Northland's Dargaville High School has launched the innovative new programme in the hope that it will ease the national housing shortage while providing employable training and much-needed building skills to its senior students.

The idea was the brainchild of the school's building academy tutor, licensed Master Builder Tim Pratt.


"I've been wanting to do this since 2011, when the academy first started, but the school simply