29 Aug 2023

Residents still nervous after storm-damaged homes categorised

From Morning Report, 7:35 am on 29 August 2023

Two Muriwai residents whose storm-damaged homes have been categorised are still feeling nervous.

Caroline Bell-Booth's house has been put into category three. She is relieved to qualify for the buy-out scheme but is anxious to see if the council's valuation of her property will allow her to keep living in the community she loves.

Melissa Dickenson is much more uncertain as her home has been classified as category two/three - meaning more investigation is required.

She is holding out hope that it will eventually be deemed eligible for a buy-out.

Bell-Booth and Dickenson spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.