A man who has been living with his family in a South Auckland boarding house for seven years is "rapt" he has been put on the list for social housing.
Raymond Teinaki, his wife and two young teenage sons have been living in one room at Favona Lodge in Mangere because they were unable to get a state house and could not afford to pay market rents.
Mr Teinaki, who cannot work due to sickness, took his family off 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 this month, the Ministry of Social Development contacted Mr Teinaki.
He said he has no words to describe how happy he feels that MSD has put him on the high priority list.
"I'm just so excited, after 17 years waiting and waiting, I'm lost for words, I'm just so rapt.
"My wife, when I looked at her, she said this is what we have been dreaming for for so many years," Mr Teinaki said.
Initially, the ministry advised him to check private rentals and let them know rent prices.
But, he said, after a meeting on Friday they decided to put him on the list for a three-bedroom home.
The next phone call he received from MSD, he said, will be an offer of a house. Mr Teinaki said his 17-year-old daughter, who has had to live with her aunt, will be able to live with her family again.
"She wanted to finish school and come home and just hug us," he said.