A Hastings woman who sought to escape the renting trap by purchasing a house bus had her dreams punctured because her provider refused to let her use her KiwiSaver to pay for it.

Jill Ahu has been trying for the past year to invest in the house bus.

Desperate to not let her and the two of her children who live with her in a two-bedroom home become a statistic in the Hawke's Bay housing crisis, she hit up her KiwiSaver provider.

"They just flat out refused," Ahu said.

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"Because it is not a fixed dwelling and is technically a

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