For the first time in history houses in Auckland cost more than they do in Melbourne, New Zealand's Labour says.

Housing spokesman Phil Twyford says a survey by international financial services company UBS shows that at the end of December the average price for a house in Auckland was $A648,176 ($NZ690,247). At the same time, the average price in Melbourne was $A634,890. “Aucklanders know house prices are out of control…