Hannah Hobbs sold her five-bedroom home and gave up her government job to live in a tiny house with her daughters and dog on a tree-laden 7000sq m section in Tauranga.

The 38-year-old resource teacher and single mum to Grace, 14 and Bella, 17, was seeking an escape from the stresses of having so much stuff and working all the time.

But the simpler life has come with new stresses.

Hobbs says her efforts to set up her tiny house by the book have caused her nothing but grief from Tauranga City Council, even being told she may have to

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Hannah Hobbs' tiny house