An advocacy group says Work and Income (WINZ) has responded poorly to the plight of a homeless mother who's having to borrow more than $1000 a week to pay for accommodation.
Tuaine Murray is paying $1155 a week for a basic motel unit in Auckland's Takanini for her and her husband, and her 12-year-old son, who's in a wheelchair.
Auckland Action Against Poverty's coordinator Alastair Russell said it's a ridiculous situation, and Work and Income will be waiting a very long time to be repaid - if it ever will be.
He said all Work and Income did today was give Mrs Murray an accommodation supplement of $165, and a temporary payment of $112 - which still didn't go far enough.
Mr Russell said he had lodged a review of this decision today, along with five similar decisions Work and Income has made.
He said he also knew of another family owing more than $60,000 to Work and Income for emergency housing.