The Government was advised to use Army barracks, campgrounds and caravan parks to house the homeless.
It came in a report ordered just days after The Nation revealed dozens of south Auckland families had been living in their cars.
But missing from the shortlist were marae, even though one had already opened its doors to help.
According to a Government-commissioned report, marae weren't a viable option for emergency housing because they relied too much on charity.
The report was ordered in May, as the Government tried to grapple with the fallout from revelations dozens of families were living in cars.
Colliers International was given a week to come up with ideas. They included carparking buildings, tents, offices, warehouses - even flat-pack housing plonked in paddocks.
Military barracks made the shortlist but in the end boarding houses, caravan parks and motel rooms were put forward as the preferred solutions.
Labour says this is yet another sign the Government has dropped the ball.
"It's a panicked response to a homelessness crisis that the Government has allowed to spin out of control," says Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford.
The timeline and urgency of this report shows the homelessness crisis caught the Government completely off-guard.
It doesn't stop there. More official documents show Paula Bennett's policy to pay people $5000 to leave Auckland was rushed out more than two months early - another sign the Government is in panic mode over housing.