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Transcript of the Emergency Budget 2020/2021 video

[video: Music plays. Text on screen reads “Have your say on Auckland’s Emergency Budget 2020/2021. Together we can recover stronger.” View of central Auckland and Auckland harbour on a sunny day with ferries sailing.]

Narrator: Auckland Council is looking for your feedback on Auckland’s emergency budget.

[video: COVID-19 signage that reads “Premises closed. Unite against COVID-19”]

Narrator: COVID-19 has cost Aucklanders hundreds of millions of dollars in lost council revenue.

[video shows in sequence: In a warehouse background, food delivery service workers wearing masks and hi-vis vests collecting cans of food from large stacks and placing them in their industrial trolleys. We are shown a rubbish wheelie bin being emptied by a truck. Camera moves to an Auckland Council front-of-house staff member in uniform. Video cuts to a double-decker Auckland Transport bus leaving a large populated bus stop in central Auckland. Camera focuses on COVID-19 signage advising people to physically distance from each other by at least 2m. Video cuts to a footpath on Queen Street, showing pedestrians and retail shop frontages.]

Narrator: And while we are focused on helping our communities and businesses recover, and providing the essential services Aucklanders rely on, the economic impact of COVID-19 means we have some tough decisions to make.

[video: Mayor Phil Goff speaking at a meeting. Audio not included.]

Narrator: So together we need decide about the rates we pay and what we spend our money on.

[video shows in sequence: People gathering and dancing at a public event in an open grassy area; pedestrians and buses on a busy day on Queen Street in central Auckland; a person swimming in a council swimming pool and a person lifting weights at a council fitness centre. A large crowd is gathered at a public event in a large open space. Camera moves to people using their AT Hop Cards at the gates in Britomart Railway Station. Video cuts to Auckland to Auckland airport.]

Narrator: As a community we rely on the rates most of us pay, but more than half of the revenue our city earns comes from other sources like pools and leisure centres, events, public transport and dividends from Auckland airport.

[video: A group of people are exercising in a large open grassy space.]

Narrator: These have been hit hard, and so every dollar we get from rates now matters more than ever.

[video: Council employee is collecting inorganic rubbish outside a resident’s property. A council employee is using the mechanism at the rear of a rubbish truck to compact rubbish. A person wearing a hard hat and hi-vis gear is on a construction site. Video cuts to blankets left on the footpath by an Aucklander in need. The central Auckland skyline from Maungawhau / Mount Eden is shown.]

Narrator: This revenue supports our essential services, keeps our debt from rising too much, supports the local economy and allows us to help those in need, while planning for and investing in the future.

[video: A time-lapse shot of several cranes moving at large construction sites in central Auckland. Camera moves to a busy bookstore filled with customers and to small children playing at a childcare facility.]

Narrator: Our challenge as a region is to get the balance right, and reduce our costs, while keeping the services we all need and value the most.

[video: Text reads: “Have your say from May 29  -  akhaveyoursay.nz/emergency-budget.]

Narrator: So from May 29 we want you to have your say on the council’s emergency budget.

[video: Text reads: Rates increase options. Rates postponement policy. Accommodation provider targeted rate.”]

Narrator: We will be asking for your feedback on a number of financial options.

[video: A beach in Auckland on a sunny day. A runner on the road near the coastline.]

Narrator: We will look at options for both a 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent rate rise next year.

[video shows in sequence: A hiker walking across a cable bridge in dense bush; a child enjoying the splashes from a fountain on Auckland’s waterfront on a sunny day; a young adult swinging her arms in a circle while being splashed by the fountain; children playing in the pool at the base of a fountain in Mission Bay; children playing at a playground, accompanied by a smiling adult.]

Narrator: The huge reduction in our other sources of revenue mean we rely even more on income from rates to fund essential services, so we’ll look at the potential financial impact of both of those options on households, the council budget and service delivery.

[video: Aerial view of skateboarders in a skate park. Video cuts to a skateboarder performing a trick.]

Narrator: We will also provide information on what a zero per cent rates increase could look like, and the impact of what all these options will have on our ability to fund services in coming years.

[video shows in sequence: A car moving along a gravel road surrounded by bush; an aerial shot of a large construction site; a large earthworks operation; people smiling in a meeting; people walking down the street past retail premises.]

Narrator: The emergency budget will also set out in more detail the services and projects we will be able to fund, and what the impact of lower revenue will mean. There will be some tough choices here, as we work to balance our budget, but if we work together and make the right choices now, we can recover stronger.

[video shows in a sequence: A moving commuter train; two adults with a baby; an empty retail premise with a “for lease” sign in the window.]

Narrator: Secondly, we will consult on extending the council rates postponement policy beyond residential rates to include businesses experiencing financial hardship, so we can extend more help to our local businesses.

[video shows in sequence: The entrance to Sky City Grand Hotel, with a smartly dressed staff member wearing a suit and top hat, smiling at the camera; the pink Nelson Street cycleway at night; a hotel and restaurant at night; people walking along the coastline on a sunny day; two people, one of whom playing the guitar, outside a beachfront property on a sunny day.]

Narrator: Thirdly, to support businesses in the accommodation sector we will consult on suspending the Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate until 31 March 2021.

[video: Text reads: Open for feedback until midnight Friday 19 June.]

Narrator: Auckland’s emergency budget proposal is now open for your feedback until midnight Friday 19 June.

[video: Text reads: visit: akhaveyoursay.nz/emergency-budget or call 09 301 0101 for more information.]

Narrator: Give us your feedback at akhaveyoursay.nz/emergency-budget or call 09 301 0101 for more information.

[video: Text reads: Have your say on Auckland's Emergency Budget 2020/2021. Together we can recover stronger.]