Putting homeless New Zealanders up in motel rooms was meant to be a short-term fix by the government. But three years on, there are 3000 households in motels and it is costing more than $100 million a year.

Frustrated by how many people are being housed in motels, one council has taken action. Isaac Davison reports.

A temporary government scheme to place homeless people in motels for a week has become so entrenched that thousands of families are getting stuck in their makeshift homes for up to a year.

Initially a small initiative to address rising demand for public housing,

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