Ministry contacts family living in lodge for seven years

Ministry contacts family living in lodge for seven years

A man who has been living with his family in a South Auckland boarding house for seven years says the government is now trying to put him back on the social housing register.

Raymond Teinaki and his family have been living at Favona Lodge in Mangere because they could not get a state house and could not afford to pay market rents.

Mr Teinaki, who cannot work due to sickness, removed his family from the social housing register after waiting five years for a house.

He, his wife and sons, aged 13 and 11, live in one room at the lodge and share facilities with the other tenants.

After speaking to RNZ for a story published yesterday, Mr Teinaki was contacted by the Ministry of Social Development.

He said he thought it was a joke when the ministry rang to put him back on the social housing register.

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