Nearly 20,000 Kiwis have applied for KiwiBuild

More than 19,000 people have signed up for KiwiBuild so far.

The Government's affordable housing initiative was officially opened to the public on Wednesday, and the response has been overwhelming.

More than 6000 people registered for a KiwiBuild home yesterday, and that number has more than tripled today.

Minister for Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford told Newshub that more than 19,000 Kiwis have now registered for the programme.

Just 1000 affordable homes will be built in the next year, meaning a long wait for most KiwiBuild applicants. The Government intends to build 100,000 KiwiBuild homes in total, 50,000 of which will be in Auckland.

A ballot will be used to distribute the housing among the applicants.

On Wednesday, Mr Twyford said that the huge amount of public interest in KiwiBuild is predictive of its future success.

"When you take the response from the public who want these houses, the response from the people who know how to build these houses and the response from developers and the manufacturing sector who will deliver these houses, I'm confident that KiwiBuild will be the game changer our residential housing sector needs."

Newshub.