A Tongan man who was badly hurt after being hit by a car, has been allowed to stay in New Zealand for another year to continue rehabilitation.
The man arrived as a visitor in 2009 but had been living here illegally, working in orchards.
He has two New Zealand-born children.
The Immigration and Protection Tribunal said he was hit by a car in 2014, one day after he was granted a one-year work visa.
He suffered a severe head injury and spent six months in hospital and rehabilitation.
The tribunal said his marriage had broken down soon after he returned home.
It has granted him a 12-month work visa, saying deportation would deprive him of the chance of a full recovery.