KiwiBuild chief executive Stephen Barclay has left the organisation after only five months in the job.

Barclay was appointed in May to steer the Government's flagship scheme to build 100,000 homes in a decade.

Barclay, who has business, civil service and sporting experience, could not be reached for comment.

However, according to a person close to the matter, Barclay left his position at the start of November.

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KiwiBuild has come under fire in recent months with some commentators labelling it "socialism for the rich".

The National Party has also seized upon what it says is a lack of demand for

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