A look back at the year's housing news: Auckland’s $1 million average house price and homelessness

The housing issue that haunted the Government in 2016 was people crowded in cars, garages and motels.

Political Reporter Katie Bradford takes a look back at what's been a massive year for housing. Source: 1 NEWS

But the Government refuses to say the problem is a "crisis" as homelessness soared this year and Auckland house prices hit an average of $1 million.

Te Puea and Mangere Marae in South Auckland helped hundreds of families find somewhere to live.

The Government did make a number of major policy changes in an attempt to cool the market down.

The rules for Home Start loosened and the Reserve Bank introduced loan-to-value ratios (LVRs).

But taxpayers started footing the bill for people to live temporarily in motels with the Government insisting housing supply is the problem and the solution.