Four hundred and forty. That's the number of children in Hawke's Bay living in motels under the government's emergency and transitional housing plans.

"It's just frustrating. I feel like I'm failing my children and I feel like they're being robbed of their childhood", says Laura Hartley.

For four months solo mother Hartley and her five children, all under the age of six, have called a motel room home.

Bed bugs


Her and her children started off in a motel in Hastings but due to the children getting "eaten alive" by bed bugs they have recently been transferred to a motel