There's a long, long way to go, but attempts to solve the Hawke's Bay housing crisis may be starting to work.

For the first time in three years the number of people waiting for a state house in the region has dropped.

It went from 661 in December 2018 to 629 in March 2019.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says "we have started to solve the housing crisis in Hastings".


Hazlehurst says they need to find 400 homes for people in the city who are in motel units as emergency accommodation, living in overcrowded homes, in cars and under bridges.