The request to the council and government officials was simple: Give us a homeless shelter.

Now one year on from the Hīkoi for Homeless, when more than 120 people marched to prevent the homeless from dying on the streets in winter, Rotorua CBD is home to a homeless shelter but has it solved the crisis or brought its own?

Renee Kiriona, who organised the hīkoi, said it had achieved its purpose, to create a "scream so loud that people in power had to listen".

She said within a week a night shelter was up and running and within five months

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