First Person – Yesterday, RNZ reported on a family at a South Auckland boarding house who have given up hope of ever getting a state home.

Raymond Teinaki and his family have been living at Favona Lodge in Mangere for seven years.

He, his wife and their two teenage sons live in one bedroom and share shower and toilet facilities with other tenants. The family’s 17-year-old daughter lives nearby, with her aunt.

Here, Mr Teinaki’s sons write about what it’s like growing up and living in a lodge.

Favona Lodge in Mangere. A double room costs $240 a week, including bills. Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett