Auckland Council

Auckland Council
Māori: Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau
Unitary territorial authority

Nickname(s): Super City, City of Sails

The Auckland Region (population density) as of early 2010
Country  New Zealand
Region Auckland
Established 1 November 2010
Named for George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland
  Mayor Phil Goff
  CEO Stephen Town
  Land 4,894 km2 (1,890 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
  Total 1,614,300
Demonym(s) Aucklanders
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
  Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code 09

The Auckland Council is the local government council for the Auckland Region in New Zealand. The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities.[2][3] It is the largest council in Australasia,[4] with a $3 billion annual budget, $29 billion of ratepayer equity,[5] and 9,870 full time staff as of 30 June 2016.[6][7] The council began operating on 1 November 2010, combining the functions of the previous regional council and the region's seven city and district councils into one "super council" or "super city".

The Council was established by a number of Acts of Parliament, and an Auckland Transition Agency, also created by the central government. Both the means by which the Council was established and its structure came under repeated criticism from a broad spectrum during the establishment period.

The initial Council elections in October 2010 returned a mostly centre-left council with Len Brown as mayor.[8] Brown was re-elected in October 2013, again with a largely supportive council.[9] The 2016 mayoral election was won by Labour MP Phil Goff, who had a landslide victory with his nearest rivals, Victoria Crone in second place, followed by Chloe Swarbrick.[10]


The Auckland Council took over the functions of the Auckland Regional Council and the region's seven city and district councils: Auckland City Council, Manukau City Council, Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Papakura District Council, Rodney District Council and most of Franklin District Council.

The Auckland Regional Council was formed in 1989, replacing the Auckland Regional Authority. One of the mainstays of its work was expanding the parks network, and it brought into the Auckland Council 26 regional parks with more than 40,000 hectares, including many restored natural habitats and sanctuaries developed in co-operation with the Department of Conservation and volunteers.[11] A variety of often public transport-focused projects like the Northern Busway as well as significant rail and public transport investments were realised through the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, much of it supported by retaining Ports of Auckland in public hands (after the deregulation of the Auckland Harbour Board) to fund the improvements with the dividends.[11]


Royal Commission

Until 2010, the Auckland Region had seven "City/District" authorities, plus one "Regional" authority. In the late 2000s, New Zealand's central government and parts of Auckland's society felt that this large number of Councils, and the lack of strong regional government (with the Auckland Regional Council only having limited powers) were hindering Auckland's progress, and that a form of stronger regional government, or an amalgamation under one local council, would be beneficial. Others pointed to the fact that a previous integration of the many much smaller Borough Councils did not bring the promised advantages either, and reduced local participation in politics,[12] with editorialists pointing out that the (supposedly mainly Wellingtonian) proponents of the 'super city' have carefully not made any promises of savings in light of past rises in rates and utilities bills.[13]

In 2007, the government set up a Royal Commission on Auckland Governance to report on what restructuring should be done.[14][15] The report was released on 27 March 2009[16] and the government subsequently announced that a "super city" would be set up to include the full metropolitan area under an Auckland Council with a single mayor and 20–30 local boards, by the time of the local body elections in 2010,[17][18] though it also changed some key recommendations of the Royal Commission.

Unimplemented recommendations

Some recommendations of the Royal Commission which have not been adopted or implemented:

a) give Auckland Council CCOs providing council services the opportunity to share the unified service facilities if they wish.
b) require Auckland Council CCOs providing council services to adopt the council's ICT infrastructure standards.[21]
a) reviewing the adequacy and relevance of CCO performance targets.
b) protecting the consumer's interests and advocating for them in respect of the reliability and affordability of council services. This will include reviewing services in terms of established customer service standards.
c) in the case of Watercare Services Limited, undertaking three-yearly efficiency and effectiveness reviews, incorporating international comparative industry benchmarking and an evaluation of service levels, efficiency, affordability of water, and demand management performance.[21]


The Council was set up by three pieces of legislation, the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009,[22] the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009[23] and the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010.[24]


Many aspects of the reorganisation are contentious, such as whether all of the Auckland Region should be integrated into the super city, or whether the new structure allows sufficient local democracy.[25][26]

Local board powers

Many critics have argued that there was little space for "local" democracy in the new "local government" setup for Auckland, with the proposed "local boards" having little power, such as having no funding or staff of their own, and being forbidden from undertaking numerous government roles, especially where those roles might clash with regional functions such as transport or utilities. Local Government Minister Rodney Hide, in the opinion of The New Zealand Herald, ignored concerns about the "powerlessness" of the local boards.[13] Hide argued that "local boards will engage like never before" and "represent their local communities and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities".[27]

A further concern was that candidates for local boards would have to campaign without knowing the scope of the local board's financial resources, and that a salary for a local board member of around $37,100 was insufficient for what amounted to a full-time position.[28]

Inclusion of rural areas

Numerous residents of and (to some degree) the councils of the Franklin and Rodney Districts opposed their inclusion in the new supercity, and instead campaigned for retention of their councils, or inclusion with other, more rural-focused councils in the north (such as merging the areas north of Puhoi with the Kaipara District area) or the south.

There was a perception that these rural areas would receive very little benefit in terms of infrastructure for their rates money, and that they would be swallowed up by an Auckland that has different interests and character than their communities.[29] Politicians like Rodney Hide answered that inclusion is necessary to allow a regional approach to the wider interests of the region, and that tangible benefits would ensue for all of Auckland's communities. Also, that changing the boundaries in 2010 would have a domino effect on the restructuring of the ward system for the future Auckland councillors. In turn, the opponents of inclusion argue that big city developers preferred the inclusion of the rural areas in the Auckland Council boundaries to make development and new subdivision of rural land easier.[29]

Ward sizes and boundaries

Several editorialists have criticised the size and composition of wards for the election of Auckland Council councillors. The criticism ranges from the wards being too big (and thus throwing together communities with few common interests), to some ward boundary lines being drawn against the local understanding of what constituted their community.[3]

More serious criticism was centred around the fact that urban wards contained significantly more people than some rural wards (and thus received less influence in the future Council per person) and in regards to the small number of Councillors for all of Auckland (with fewer Councillors per head than Aucklanders have MPs representing them in Parliament),[30] and the institution of two-member wards (meaning that contenders would have to field much larger and more costly election campaigns). Editorialist Brian Rudman accused the Local Government Commission of attempted gerrymandering in its draft proposal for one particular ward.[3]

Council-controlled organisations

In early 2010 a further dispute emerged. As set out in the third bill establishing the future Auckland Council, major functions (such as transport, water services and Auckland waterfront development) were to be devolved into council-controlled organisations (CCOs) controlled by unelected boards, operating at "arm's length" from Council.[31] This separation, as argued by backers of the move, had become necessary due to "local politicians [having] failed to deliver the results expected of them."[32]

The Government's plan to outsource the majority of Council's functions was decried by numerous people (including the main mayoral contenders, Len Brown, and to a lesser degree, John Banks) and groups across the political and societal spectrum – from the Auckland Regional Council and many community boards,[33] to Local Government New Zealand,[34] and organisations considered to be National Party-friendly[35] such as the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Employers & Manufacturers Association.[31][35] Supporters include the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, a right-wing think tank.[32]

The introduction of Auckland Transport, the CCO for transport functions (with more than half the city's future rate spend),[35] was discouraged even by the government's own Treasury and Department of Internal Affairs, as well as other departments.[33][36]

The main proponents of the CCO system, Prime Minister John Key, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide and Transport Minister Steven Joyce, remained adamant about the introduction (and the appropriateness) of the system.[37][38] Others like the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development called the claim that the mayor and Council would have no ability to hold the CCOs accountable "farcial nonsense".[32]

The New Zealand Herald, Auckland's largest newspaper, ran a series of articles and editorials in March 2010 criticising the proposed move, which was described as "The lockout of Auckland", arguing that elected councillors would have little control over the day-to-day decisions, and potentially even over massive changes such as Auckland's waterfront development or the city's transport focus.[31] The main Herald editorials noted that the CCO concept introduced "undemocratic elements" in a number of ways, and "could not stand". They also noted that saddling the super city with this system would be the most serious handicap, and a recipe for a "frustrated and disappointed citizenry".[39]

Several editorialists went even further and accused the ACT party, and especially Rodney Hide, of preparing Auckland's assets for a sell-off, and of setting up the structure to allow it even before Aucklanders get to vote on the matter – all under the guise of a "manufactured crisis".[40][41] Others, while criticising the lack of democratic oversight, dismissed concerns about asset sales, noting that amalgamation was likely to result in surplus real estate.[42]

The Sunday Star-Times noted in an editorial that "we'll merely end up trading in political dysfunction for a quasi-commercial dysfunction forced on us by the National-led government."[43] It also criticised, in the case of Auckland Transport, that with most of the expertise, staff and planning ability being held in the "semi-autonomous" CCO, Council would not have the central planning and policy role as claimed by the proponents of the system, but would instead have to share (or compete for) this role with Auckland Transport. It also argued that the Royal Commission suggested a strong Council and subservient CCOs, not vice versa.[43]

New Zealand Local Government magazine followed the story, and criticised the lack of transparency that would ensue from establishing independent CCOs.[44]

The changes were seen as a potential "neutering" the power of the new Auckland Mayor to implement the policies on which he would be elected.[31] Further criticised were lack of accountability of the proposed CCOs, which would not have to hold public board meetings, or provide agendas or minutes.[35] Groups like 'Heart of the City' (the Auckland CBD business association) also called for stronger oversight and mayoral powers over the CCOs.[45]

Unelected Māori representation

One of the proposals that was hotly criticised by some during the initial Royal Commission proposal was the provision of elected Māori members of the Council (analogous to the Māori seat representation in Parliament).

This was later dropped from the relevant establishing laws. However, it later became clear that instead, the city's new Māori Statutory Board, appointed by the Maori Affairs Department, would receive "broadly ordained powers". These include the right to send one or two delegates, with full voting powers, to any council committee meeting and dealing with "the management and stewardship of natural and physical resources". This unelected representation of Māori on committees voting on matters such as transport or infrastructure, as well as the fact that the advisory board requested (and initially received) a $3.4 million yearly budget (called "exorbitant" by some), created significant public concern and debate.[46][47]



Main article: Mayor of Auckland

The Mayor of Auckland has significant executive powers, their own staff and the ability to appoint the chairpersons of the Council's committees. Some columnists said in 2010 that the post was the second most powerful public position in New Zealand after the Prime Minister.[48][49] However, when the Minister for the Rugby World Cup, Murray McCully, took control of the Rugby World Cup fan area on the Auckland waterfront in 2011 without first notifying mayor Len Brown,[50] columnist John Armstrong declared the myth finished.[51][52]

The mayor is directly elected by voters living in the Auckland Council area every three years by postal ballot using the first-past-the-post system. Len Brown was elected mayor in October 2010, and re-elected for a second term in 2013. Phil Goff is the current Mayor of Auckland, winning the 2016 election, which ended on Saturday 8 October 2016.

Governing body

The governing body of the Auckland Council consists of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 19 other members. The members of the governing body are elected from thirteen wards across the Council area using the first-past-the-post system every three years at the same time as the mayor. Decision-making for the governing body's areas of oversight is done by committees, a few of which consist of the whole governing body, and most of which consist of a chairperson appointed by the mayor and a subset of the governing body members.[53]

Role Name Affiliation (if any) Ward
Mayor Phil Goff Independent
Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore Team Franklin Franklin
Councillor Cathy Casey City Vision Albert-Eden-Roskill
Councillor Ross Clow Labour Whau
Councillor Efeso Collins Labour Manukau
Councillor Linda Cooper Independent Waitakere
Councillor Chris Darby Taking The Shore Forward North Shore
Councillor Alf Filipaina Labour Manukau
Councillor Christine Fletcher Communities and Residents Albert-Eden-Roskill
Councillor Richard Hills A Positive Voice for the Shore North Shore
Councillor Penny Hulse West At Heart Waitakere
Councillor Denise Lee Auckland Future Maungakiekie-Tamaki
Councillor Mike Lee Independent Waitemata & Gulf
Councillor Daniel Newman Manurewa-Papakura Action Team Manurewa-Papakura
Councillor Dick Quax Independent Howick
Councillor Greg Sayers Independnet Rodney
Councillor Desley Simpson Communities and Residents Orākei
Councillor Sharon Stewart Independent Howick
Councillor John Walker Independent Manurewa
Councillor Wayne Walker Putting People First Albany
Councillor John Watson Putting People First Albany

Local boards

Name Population
(June 2016)
Ward Members (subdivision, affiliation)
Albert Eden Local Board 106,600 Albert-Eden-Roskill Peter Haynes Chair (City Vision - Maungawhau)

Glenda Fryer (City Vision - Owairaka)

Margi Watson (City Vision - Owairaka)

Rachel Langton (C&R - Maungawhau)

Benjamin Lee (C&R - Maungawhau)

Jessica Rose (City Vision - Owairaka)

Graeme East (City Vision - Owairaka)

Lee Corrick (C&R - Maungawhau)

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board 61,300 North Shore George Wood (Team George Wood)

Grant Gillon (Shore Action)

Jan O'Connor (Shore Action)

Michael Sheehy (Team George Wood)

Mike Cohen (Community Before Council)

Jennifer Mackenzie (Team George Wood)

Franklin Local Board 72,800 Franklin Andrew Baker (Chair) (Team Franklin - Pukekohe)

Alan Cole (Team Franklin - Pukekohe)

Sharlene Druyven (Team Franklin - Waiuku)

Brendon Crompton (Team Franklin - Waiuku)

Henk Habraken (Independent - Waiuku)

Niko Kloeten (Team Franklin - Pukekohe)

Murray Kay (Team Franklin - Pukekohe)

Great Barrier Local Board 990 Waitemata and Gulf Izzy Fordham (Independent - Chair)

Susan Daly (Independent - Deputy Chair)

Luke Coles (Independent)

Jeff Cleave (Independent)

Shirley Johnson (Independent)

Henderson-Massey Local Board 119,900 Waitakere Vanessa Neeson (Independent)

Shane Henderson (Labour - Chair)

Matt Grey (Labour)

Peter Chan (Independent - Deputy Chair[54])

Brenda Brady (Independent)

Will Flavell (Labour)

Warren Flaunty (Independent)

Paula Bold-Wilson (Labour)

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board 101,600 Albany Julia Parfitt (Chair) (People over politics - East Coast Bays)

Greg Sayers (Positively Penlink - Hibiscus Coast)

David Cooper (People over politics - East Coast Bays)

Mike Williamson (People and Penlink First - Hibiscus Coast)

Vicki Watson (People and Penlink First - Hibiscus Coast)

Christina Bettany (Independent - East Coast Bays)

Gary Holmes (People over politics - East Coast Bays)

Caitlin Watson (People and Penlink First - Hibiscus Coast)

Howick Local Board 146,500 Howick David Collings (Chair) (Vision And Voice - Pakuranga)

Adele White (Deputy Chair) (Vision and Voice - Howick)

Garry Boles (Vision And Voice - Pakuranga)

John Spiller (Vision And Voice - Howick)

Peter Young (Vision And Voice - Botany)

Robert Wichman (Vision And Voice - Botany)

Lucy Schwaner (Vision And Voice - Botany)

Kaipatiki Local Board 91,900 North Shore Kay McIntyre (Kaipatiki Voice - Chair)

Ann Hartley (Kaipatiki Voice - Deputy Chair)

Lindsay Waugh (Kaipatiki Voice)

Anne-Elise Smithson (Shore Action)

Paula Gillon (Shore Action)

John Gillon (Shore Action)

Danielle Grant (Auckland Future)

Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board 79,900 Manukau Christine O'Brien (Labour)

Carrol Elliott (Labour)

Nick Bakulich (Labour)

Lydia Sosene (Labour)

Walter Togiamua (Labour)

Makalita Kolo (Labour)

Tasi Lauese (Labour)

Manurewa Local Board 92,800 Manurewa-Papakura Angela Dalton (Manurewa Action Team - Chair)

Simeon Brown (Manurewa Action Team - Deputy Chair)

Ken Penney (Manurewa Action Team)

Joseph Allan (Manurewa Action Team)

Angela Cunningham-Marino (Manurewa Action Team)

Rangi McClean (Manurewa Action Team)

Stella Cattle (Manurewa Action Team)

Sarah Colcord (Manurewa Action Team)

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board 78,200 Maungakiekie-Tamaki Bernie Diver (Auckland Future - Maungakiekie)

Josephine Bartley (Labour - Tamaki)

Chris Makoare (Labour - Tamaki)

Don Allan (Independent - Maungakiekie)

Nerissa Henry (Labour - Tamaki)

Alan Verall (Labour - Tamaki)

Debbie Leaver (Auckland Future - Maungakiekie)

Orākei Local Board Orākei Troy Churton (C&R)

Kit Parkinson (C&R)

Colin Davis (C&R)

Toni Millar (C&R)

Carmel Claridge (C&R)

David Wong (C&R)

Rosalind Rundle (C&R)

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board 86,300 Manukau Apulu Autagavaia (Labour - Otara)

Ross Robertson (Labour - Papatoetoe)

Lotu Titi Fuli (Labour - Otara)

Donna Lee (Papatoetoe Independents - Papatoetoe)

Mary Gush (Labour - Otara)

Dawn Trenberth (Labour - Papatoetoe)

Ashraf Choudhary (Labour - Papatoetoe)

Papakura Local Board 52,700 Manurewa-Papakura Brent Catchpole (Papakura Action Team)

Katrina Winn (Papakura Action Team)

George Hawkins (Papakura Action Team)

Bill McEntee (Papakura First)

Felicity Auva'a (Papakura First)

Michael Turner (Papakura First)

Puketapapa Local Board 61,400 Albert-Eden-Roskill Julie Fairey (Roskill Community Voice)

Anne-Marie Coury (Roskill Community Voice)

Ella Kumar (C&R)

David Holm (Roskill Community Voice)

Harry Doig (Roskill Community Voice)

Shail Kaushal (Roskill Community Voice)

Rodney Local Board 62,200 Rodney Beth Houlbrooke, Chair (Rodney First - Warkworth)

Phelan Pirrie, Deputy Chair (Rodney First - Kumeu)

Allison Roe (Rodney First - Warkworth)

Cameron Brewer (Rodney First - Kumeu)

Brenda Steele (Independent - Kumeu)

Brent Bailey (Rodney First - Kumeu)

Colin Smith (Independent - Wellsford)

Louise Johnston (Independent - Dairy Flat)

Tessa Berger (Independent - Warkworth)

Upper Harbour Local Board 62,800 Albany Lisa Whyte (Auckland Future)

Brian Neeson (Independent)

Margaret Miles (Independent)

Uzra Balouch (Independent)

John McClean (Independent)

Nicholas Mayne (Independent)

Waiheke Local Board 9,250 Waitemata and Gulf Paul Walden (Independent)

Bob Upchurch (Independent)

Cath Handley (Independent)

Shirin Brown (Independent)

John Meeuwsen (Independent)

Waitakere Ranges Local Board 53,400 Waitakere Sandra Coney (Future West)

Greg Presland (Future West)

Neil Henderson (Future West)

Saffron Toms (Future West)

Denise Yates (Future West)

Steve Tollestrup (Future West)

Waitemata Local Board 101,700 Waitemata and Gulf Shale Chambers (City Vision)

Pippa Coom (City Vision)

Rob Thomas (Independent)

Vernon Tava (City Vision)

Adriana Christie (City Vision)

Richard Northey (City Vision)

Mark Davey (Auckland Future)

Whau Local Board 82,900 Whau Catherine Farmer (Labour)

Susan Zhu (Labour)

Tracy Mulholland (Labour)

Te'eva Matafai (Labour)

Derek Battersby (Whau Local Independents)

David Whitley (Labour)

Duncan McDonald (Community First)

Council-controlled organisations

Auckland Council has six substantive CCOs and a number of smaller ones.[55]

Substantive CCOs
CCO Acronym Chief executive Value (NZD)
Auckland Council Investments Limited[56] ACIL Gary Smith Increase $2.541 billion
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd ATEED Brett O'Riley N/A
Auckland Transport AT David Warburton N/A
Panuku Development Auckland - John Dalzell N/A
Regional Facilities Auckland[57] RFA Robert Domm Decrease $968 million
Watercare Services Ltd - Raveen Jaduram Increase $8.7 billion

Pānuku Development Auckland replaced Auckland Council Property Ltd and Waterfront Auckland on 1 September 2015.[58]

Michael Redman, formerly mayor, then chief executive of Hamilton City Council, was chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development from November 2010[59] to October 2011.[60]

Chief executive

In March 2010, Doug McKay was announced as the inaugural chief executive officer of the Council by the Auckland Transition Agency. The 54-year-old was selected ahead of 27 other candidates, which apparently included several existing council chief executives. He had no experience in local government, but was described as having strong Auckland ties, and 30 years' corporate experience. He was to receive a salary of $675,000 and an incentive bonus of $67,500.[5]

The choice was criticised by left-wing political organiser Matt McCarten, arguing that McKay's previous tenure in the liquor industry was marked by anti-union behaviour that he did not object to, and by strong advertising of alcohol to the youth market. Compared to this, the editorial argued, the fact that McKay was to be paid three times the salary of the Prime Minister, had no local government or non-profit experience and was selected by an unelected transition authority, were all to be expected, seeing the lead-up to the new Council.[61]

Mayoral candidates John Banks and Len Brown were positive about his appointment, Len Brown noting McKay's business and restructuring experience was a "good fit", and would help improve economic performance as well as build links with businesses.[62]

McKay's contract ended in December 2013 and he was replaced by Stephen Town.

Planning documents

Auckland Plan

It is intended that the Auckland Council, as one of the major tasks of its first years, will prepare a "spatial plan" to guide Auckland's growth. This plan will cover matters such as the limits of residential development and the zoning and densities of the suburbs and areas, and will assess how elements like transport and land use are to be linked. It is intended to be one of the main documents out of which a unified District Plan will eventually grow. Some critics have noted that this spatial plan will need years to develop and CCOs would fill the policy vacuum in the meantime. Apart from conflicting with Council's plans, this might also pit CCOs against each other.[43]

After the first round of plan development and public consultation, the draft plan was launched mid-2011. Commentators noted that one of the strongest discrepancies between Auckland Council's vision for Auckland and that of the John Key-led Wellington government was that the draft Auckland Plan envisaged a more contained growth (combatting sprawl by having 75% of population growth occur in existing settlement areas), while National is more favourable of relaxing constraints on new greenfields development.[63] Auckland Council later changed the plan to allow 30-40% of growth in greenfield areas and satellite towns. [64]

Long Term Council Community Plan

The first Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP), the longer-term financial budget of the city, will not be produced until July 2012.[28] Until that time, longer-term finances will be decided by the Council, guided by the existing LTCCPs of the subsumed bodies.

City Centre and Waterfront Plans

Another big focus of the planning work in the first year of the Council is planning for the Auckland CBD (now called 'City Centre') and the Auckland Waterfront. Including the proposed CBD rail tunnel, these two transformations are costed at approximately $5.5 billion over 20 years. Projects proposed in the draft plans include partial or full pedestrianisation of a number of city centre streets, light rail possibilities for the Waterfront and Queen Street, turning Nelson and Hobson Street from wide one-way roads into two-way roads with more trees and urban amenity, and a waterfront walk- and cycleway.[65]


The Council owns approximately $34 billion of assets (2010),[66] including over 100,000 hectares of open space, parks and reserves,[67] as well as the large transport assets administered by the Auckland Transport CCO (see that article for more detail).

Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL), the CCO responsible for non-transport investment assets, manages Council investments worth $2.54 billion, including a 22.4% stake in Auckland Airport worth $1.13 billion, as well as a 100% share of Ports of Auckland Limited worth $1.08 billion, and Auckland Film Studios, worth $8 million (values at May 2014).[68]



Auckland Council rates combine the rates of the various amalgamated local councils and the Auckland Regional Council rates. For the 2011–2012 year, ratepayers are being charged the same rate as before the amalgamation, plus a 3.94% increase, with Council noting that they had achieved a much lower rates increase than originally foreseen.[69] Rates made up 53% of Council's income in 2011, with the remainder being "grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees".[69]

As of 2011, 24% of Council's money was spent on "Art services and galleries, events, museums, parks, recreation facilities and the zoo", while 22% was spent on "transport management". Further big elements were "Planning and regulation" at 14.5% and "Community services, libraries, emergency management and cemeteries" at 11.5%.[69]

As of 2016, 38% of rates were spent on "transport", 27% on "parks, community and lifestyle", 16% on "environmental management and regulation", 8% on "Auckland development", 6% on "Economic and cultural development" and 5% on "governance and support".[70]

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