Family of 13 placed in one-bedroom motel units after fire highlights dire emergency housing crisis
A family of 13 has been living in two one-bedroom motel units for more than a year after a fire at their Kāinga Ora home, highlighting New Zealand’s emergency housing crisis with 26,000 people on the waitlist and a nearly seven-fold increase in occupancy lengths.
Twelve months after their six-bedroom West Auckland home caught fire, the mum and 10 of her 12 children still remain at the same cramped emergency housing motel complex in Takapuna.
She told the Herald said has been given little support by authorities since being initially “dumped” with her 12 on the North Shore in October 2021.
National Party housing spokesman Chris Bishop said the family’s plight was yet another case highlighting Kāinga Ora’s inefficiencies and the country’s dire emergency housing predicament.