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State-built homes spurring Auckland's property boom

The city's house prices are now the second-highest relative to incomes among developed economies

State homes, particularly those built from local timber in a wave of government-led construction in the 1940s, are regarded as iconic.


EVEN with its mould-streaked bathroom and kitchen without a sink, the duplex in bayside Auckland attracted a frenzied bidding war. Now it's one of the city's newest million-dollar government-built houses.

The two-bedroom, brick cottage on Kerr Street on the city's inner