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The Housing New Zealand (HNZ) figures, released to Labour under the Official Information Act (OIA), suggested houses could be sold in some regional centres, including Dunedin, to fund expansion in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
However, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said the data, which forecast demand for state housing until 2026, was out of date, which Labour was told but failed to tell media.
National supplied a letter which came with Labour's OIA request, which said the data was out-of-date, indicative only, and not reflective of HNZ's planned activity.
''The data Labour is supplying was superseded by instructions from Government late last year, whereby Housing NZ can continue to sell properties only where the Ministry for Social Development confirms specific disposals are consistent with its purchasing intentions,'' Ms Adams said.
HNZ asset development general manager Patrick Dougherty said when MSD indicated there was demand for social housing in an area houses were not sold.
''If and when they are sold, it will only be where they're of the wrong size or type to meet demand.''
Labour Dunedin South MP Clare Curran remained concerned about the figures despite the assurances from Ms Adams.
The figures were ''quite current'' and if there were new figures, Ms Adams needed to put her ''money where her mouth is'' and supply them, Ms Curran said.
Her concern was strengthened by a case in which a Dunedin woman had received a letter from HNZ saying Quotable Value was coming around to take photos of her state house.
After ringing HNZ's 0800 number the woman was told her house was on the list of properties to be sold off.
Labour's housing spokesman, Phil Twyford, accused National of asset-stripping state housing out of communities where there was serious housing need.
''Instead of building more houses in areas of high demand, they have allowed the number of state houses to drop by 2500 nationwide and are now selling off houses in the regions so they can shift the money to Auckland.
''This is a kick in the teeth for communities all over New Zealand who are losing much-needed affordable rental housing for low-income families,'' Mr Twyford said.
Labour would stop National's state house sales, build to increase the number of state houses by at least 1000 per year, and run HNZ as a public service.