The Government is spending millions of dollars on emergency housing in New Zealand each year and new figures show just how much money is being paid to individual motels and other accommodation providers in the Western Bay of Plenty. Carmen Hall and Scott Yeoman report.

A motel in Tauranga has been paid more than $1 million by the Government in less than three years for providing emergency housing.

The Ministry of Social Development is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars more every year on emergency housing special needs grants in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Nationwide, the yearly increase is

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