Over the past three years, Auckland has made significant progress investing in the infrastructure and services needed to build a truly world-class city and addressing the challenges of transport, housing and the environment.
Record investment in public transport infrastructure has increased patronage on our network from only 60 million trips per annum a decade ago, to more than 100 million trips this year.
Our water quality and natural environment targeted rates have enabled extra investment of $763 million over 10 years to clean up our beaches and harbours, tackle the predators and diseases that threaten our native species and protect our environment.
Housing affordability is at its best level in six years and we are consenting new dwellings at record rates, making inroads in Auckland’s housing shortage.
This year’s Annual Budget is the third year of the
10-year budget. It aims to ensure continuity, stability and certainty so we can continue the progress of the past three years, while continuing to invest strongly in infrastructure and services, showing leadership on climate change and readying Auckland for the international spotlight in 2021, when the city hosts the 36th America’s Cup, APEC, Te Matatini and a range of other major events.
This Annual Budget invests $2.7 billion in capital assets and provides operating expenditure of $4.4 billion, enabling us to continue to use improve transport and address traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions, enhance our environment and provide the services and facilities our growing city needs.
By moving swiftly to decarbonise our vehicle fleet and phasing out gas-powered heating at swimming pools, we
will respond to climate change and cut our emissions by nearly 20 per cent. This work—which will precede more substantive climate change initiatives in the next 10-year Budget—will be supported by planting 1.5 million trees, research to achieve further climate goals, and funding for climate education in our schools and communities.
As transport is a major contributor to carbon emissions, funding of $4.13 million a year to make public transport cheaper for kids, alongside continued investment in the public transport network, will increase patronage as well as reducing traffic congestion and emissions.
Our work on climate change will complement the more than $700 million we are investing in water and environmental projects.
Read more about how we're responding to our climate emergency.
Work on the $1.2 billion Central Interceptor will continue, and further wastewater and stormwater separation initiatives enabled by the Water Quality Targeted Rate will allow us to make more beaches swimmable and bring forward the overall improvement of Auckland’s water quality by 20 years.
Protecting our kauri against dieback disease and managing predators through initiatives funded by the Natural Environment Targeted Rate will continue and we will progress actions to control predators that have decimated our birdlife and damaged native bush.
We will also invest $57 million into land for new parks and open spaces in the 2020/2021 year.
ensure that council remains cost effective and provides value for money to ratepayers, this budget will ensure cumulative annual savings of $63 million by 2020/2021, including $24 million saved in 2018/2019, $23 million planned savings in and at least $16 million in 2020/2021.
While addressing the critical infrastructure and environmental issues facing our city is a focus, we will also continue to help our most vulnerable.
Over the past three years the Living Wage has been extended to all council staff; over the next three it will be progressively extended to cleaners contracted to the council and council-controlled organisations.
We will continue our provision of financial assistance to help coordinate work between the council, government and NGOs such as Housing First, with the aim of ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, secure and affordable housing.
This annual budget continues the implementation of the 10-year budget, which has achieved significant success already, and positions the council to respond to future challenges and fulfill our role as New Zealand’s world-class, international and inclusive city.
Mayor of Auckland