Aucklanders who've spent the year dealing with storm-affected homes are getting some relief, as the first of the council property buyouts begins.
Auckland Council has been working with insurers and homeowners on a buyout scheme.
Now, more than 60 Category 3 property owners are working through the voluntary buyout process, after storms lashed the region earlier this year.
Over 500 homes have been categorised, with the purchase of the first four homes in the scheme expected to be completed today. But many are still in limbo. Finn Blackwell has the story.