The housing crisis in Hastings has been described as "the scandal of New Zealand" by National MP Lawrence Yule.
That has prompted Housing Minister Phil Twyford to go back, saying that only Yule's own fault – "the whole, he was mayor of Hastings for 15 years".
Hundreds of children in the city, and 440 across Hawke Bay, are currently living in crisis and transitional housing.
In a speech to Parliament, Tukituki MP MP Yule MP questioned the Government about its "incompetent" provision of new state housing for the region.
"It is a disgrace, in my community, that there are 440 children living in hotels for this winter, and for many of them, for over a year, "Yule said.
In September 2017, when the current Labor coalition Government came to power, New Zealand Housing had 1195 houses in Hastings.
From March 31, 2018, there were 1184 – 11 fewer.
Six NZ houses have been built in the city since Labor came into power and the Government had purchased seven private sector houses.
Yule says the organization is "not fast enough".
"My subject is that the number of houses available has gone back despite the fact that the housing register is running effectively, in one year.
Yule said that he accepted some of the decisions made by National, by not replacing some earlier housing "wrong", but that the situation had become "dramatically worse" in the last 18 months.
He stated that the housing register for approximately four years was “flat”, before increasing in early 2017.
"It has continued to rise at an exponential rate ever since."
Housing Minister Phil Twyford said his Government was having to rebuild Hastings' state housing stock after "years of being run down by National who have denied that housing crisis for nine years".
Twyford says that the "small decline in state housing stock is temporary".
Seven homes have been sold – six of those to Tai NZ tenants.
Two other leases on private homes came to an end and 15 houses were demolished; eight due to fire or other damage, and seven because they were no longer fit for purpose and were being redeveloped to even more houses.
"Housing NZ currently has four homes under construction to be completed by the middle of next year. There are 134 other homes in the planning stages and will be built over the next three years. T next.
"This is completely different from previous government history.
"Once National came into force in December 2008, there were 1437 state homes in Hastings.
"Under the National, the number of state homes in Hastings had fallen by 242 massive homes."
Yule says, however, that he doesn't know what the delay is, with 1.8 hectares of land available in the area.
"They've managed to do it in Napier, but they're obviously going back in Hastings and there isn't enough hurry."
"I think they need to reprioritise some resources from other parts of NZ back here when you have a housing register that is going through the roof."
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing Delivery Group said the government was committed to providing 6400 additional public places by June 2022. Of these, 120 are for Hastings.
"There are also complex problems in Hastings, including a high number of seasonal workers and tourism, both contributing to the economy but putting pressure on housing.
"HUD works with the council, Ngāti Kahungunu, HNZ, MSD and other agencies to reduce reliance on hotels as temporary accommodation in Hastings, and increase housing supply."
Labor MP Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Meka Whaitiri, said, "it's not helping anyone if we are still blaming this course."
"We're here, it's real, and won't be stable for two years."