The rental crisis creating Taupo's homeless community

After hearing story after story of people ending up homeless in Taupo, four women decided that it was time to put up or shut up.

Renee Gray, Cindy Turetahi, Ailyn McSweeny and Kirsty Brown got together to help people find accommodation solutions.

They set up a Facebook page to establish a network of people who were willing to offer a sleep-out, spare room or unwanted furniture to needy families.

Within a few weeks, they had 1000 likes and had several requests and offers of help.

"Sometimes people just need a place to take a breath," Gray says.