Wellington students call for help as city faces brink of housing crisis

There are concerns Wellington is on the brink of a rental crisis, with students saying they're having trouble covering the bills.

Victoria University students held a potluck dinner with MPs to discuss the struggles with renting.

Introducing a rental warrant of fitness, licensing property managers and banning rent bidding were top of the agenda.

Victoria University Student Association president Marlon Drake says the situation is dire.

"We have students who are having to work part-time and study full-time so they can receive a living cost and also pay the bills just to make ends meet. That has a really awful effect on their studies and also on their wellbeing."

"I think there's a mood that things are going to get worse before they get better. I really do hope that's not the case.

"We are students. We've got to have a voice in this. And we've got quite a bit to say about how we want our future to look like, especially around the situation with housing."

National MP Chris Bishop says the process of supplying homes needs to change.

"We need to reform the Resource Management Act. We need a reform of council planning rules. We need to incentivise council."

But Labour MP Paul Eagle says while the renting situation is bad, it's not at its worst.

"It's no secret that we want to fix the housing crisis. And in Wellington I've always said we're starting down the barrel of housing crisis and we're not quite there yet so that’s a good thing."

Green MP Gareth Hughes says work on rent prices is already underway.

Banning letting fees, increases in the accommodation supplement, and then a big bold goal which is getting cracking which is building 100,000 homes."