Jacinda Ardern's fierce rebuttal to Simon Bridges in Parliament over KiwiBuild

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National leader Simon Bridges have clashed over KiwiBuild in a heated exchange in Parliament.

Their fiery exchange followed Mr Bridges asking for specific targets for housing on Wednesday during Question Time.

"Can we confirm there are no targets, or aims, or measures for state housing or KiwiBuild this term for her Government?" he asked.

Ms Ardern retorted by saying National had done nothing towards housing while they were in power

"I find this line of questioning rich, given that the last government refused to do anything about the fact that only 5 percent of the new houses were available in the affordable first home buyer category, and their response was to do absolutely nothing."

National MP Nick Smith was then ejected from the House by Speaker Trevor Mallard for loudly interjecting during the Prime Minister's response.

After this, Mr Bridges continued.

"Are my questions asking for deliveries for targets and measures pesky for the Prime Minister?"

"No," replied Ms Ardern, "I relish in them."

The comment was accompanied by a grin and laughter from Ms Ardern's side of the House.

More than 1000 people joined the waitlist for a state house in the three months to December, taking the number of people waiting for housing to 10,712 - an increase of 73 percent in the past year.