The government has announced their latest effort to ease the housing crisis by building more state houses in the regions.

Minister of Housing Phil Twyford announced 155 state houses will be ready for whānau to move in by June.

The majority of these houses are based in the South Island.

“What we know is that the Auckland problem, the housing crisis has spread to so many other regional centres. In places like Rotorua, in Tauranga, and Hamilton, quite extreme levels of homeless and a real squeeze in the rental market. That's why we're building more state houses in those places.”

The minister also adds that its National’s fault for the housing crisis which has caused a rise in homelessness.