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Te moemoeā a Koromatua Phil Goff mō Tāmaki Makaurau

Mayor Phil Goff's vision for Auckland

 

The city Auckland needs to be

Auckland is the engine room of the national economy and has an important role to play in New Zealand's recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19.

Our immediate priorities are:

  • recovering from the impacts of COVID-19
  • investing in the infrastructure, facilities and services that Auckland needs
  • protecting the environment and responding to climate change.

In the longer term, Auckland needs to be a city that encourages the best and brightest New Zealanders to stay in this country and attracts the skilled people, entrepreneurs and investment our city and country need.

New Zealand needs Auckland to be a city able to compete with other global cities.

Our task is to build on the incredible advantages Auckland offers.

Our goal is for Auckland to be inclusive so that all can share in its benefits and reach their potential.

An Auckland that is tolerant, harmonious and respects people's rights is a stable, safe and peaceful place to live.

Auckland's diversity and cultural richness

Auckland celebrates its diversity and cultural richness. It enjoys a strong mana whenua presence which gives New Zealand its unique culture and point of difference with rest of the world.

It is the largest Polynesian city in the world and draws strength from its European, Asian and diverse ethnic communities.

We want Auckland to be a high-performing city, strongly governed and managed, efficient and transparent in how it provides services to its people.

Addressing climate change

Climate change is a critical issue for our city, our country and globally. Acting urgently to address the risks it poses to our environment, and to future generations, is essential if we are to leave a positive legacy for our children and grandchildren.

While tackling climate change will require a response at the global and national level, as a city we must show leadership and do our part.

Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan provides a blueprint for actions across all sectors with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and to net zero by 2050, while also preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Auckland's outstanding environment

Auckland has one of the most beautiful environments of any city.

We must sustain and enhance our harbours, and our thousand beaches, our maunga, parks and reserves, and protect our native species from pests, predators and introduced diseases.

Learning, business and innovation

Auckland is a centre of learning. It is innovative and entrepreneurial. It is a place that provides choice and opportunity in employment because it is a city of scale.

We must build on these strengths and meet the challenges that rapid population growth brings.

Addressing housing shortages

We will work to lift the pace and scale of housing construction and regeneration in order to tackle housing shortages and unaffordability.

We will develop more intensive housing that is well-designed, serviced by excellent infrastructure and enjoys attractive public open spaces.

Through visionary place-making, we will create stronger communities and great places to live.

Improving Auckland's transport

We will build a strong public transport network and use new technology to reduce the city's congestion problems.

We will expand our active transport modes, including our walkways and cycleways, so people can easily and safely get around our city.

We will improve our road networks to ensure they better meet the needs of Aucklanders.

From 2021, we will cease the purchase of new diesel buses and ensure that any new buses bought are electric or hydrogen powered. We will work with the government to achieve 50 per cent of the bus fleet being electric or hydrogen buses by 2030.

The mayor's priorities

Auckland's recovery from COVID-19

Mayor Phil Goff will address the financial impacts of COVID-19 and position Auckland to lead the economic recovery from the pandemic.

COVID-19 is predicted to have a $1 billion impact on Auckland Council's finances by 2024.

We will respond to this unprecedented financial challenge by:

  • increasing our search for savings and cost efficiencies
  • selling surplus properties to release capital for investment in higher priority infrastructure and facilities
  • temporarily increasing borrowing for three years before returning to current levels
  • through a proposed one-off 5 per cent rates increase in the next financial year, while maintaining our long-term commitment to 3.5 per cent rates rises.

We will maintain a high level of investment in the critical infrastructure our city needs, which will play a vital role in stimulating economic recovery.

Protecting our environment and tackling climate change

Mayor Phil Goff will tackle the challenges of climate change and protect Auckland's natural environment.

We will:

  • bring forward the electrification of our bus fleet
  • invest to divert more waste from landfill
  • plant more than 11,000 street trees and 200 hectares of native forest.

Other climate action includes:

  • prioritising the Queen Street valley, currently the country's most polluted black carbon area, to become a zero-carbon zone
  • increasing the energy efficiency of council facilities, including the installation of solar panels
  • improving our planning for coastal change and our ability to respond to worsening natural hazards.

We will continue work to clean up Auckland's beaches, harbours and streams and protect our native species including kauri from pests, predators and diseases.

Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan provides a blueprint for actions across all sectors with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and to net zero by 2050, while also preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Investing in Auckland's infrastructure

Mayor Phil Goff will ensure that council invests in the critical transport, housing and environmental assets that Auckland needs. This will also boost jobs and stimulate economic growth.

The Mayoral Proposal in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 proposes an increased capital infrastructure spend of $31 billion, significantly higher than the $26 billion in the 2018-2028 budget.

This will fund priority projects in transport, housing, water and the environment and stimulate construction, jobs, and the economic recovery—allowing the council to contribute to bringing forward the recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

It will also help tackle longer-term issues facing our city, in particular the increasing threat posed by climate change.

Ensuring value for money and managing our city responsibly

Mayor Phil Goff will ensure efficiency and value for money across the council while responding to the financial impact of COVID-19 and keeping rates rises fair and reasonable.

Value for money and savings

Auckland Council is projected to lose around $1 billion in revenue by 2024 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Through the Emergency Budget 2020/2021, we made tough decisions to cut expenditure, including a significant loss of staff, constraints on salaries and cutting out lower-priority projects.

Through the 10-year Budget 2021/2031, we will continue and intensify our search for savings and value for money, including locking in permanently $90 million of savings annually.

The Value for Money subcommittee that I established in 2019 will continue to find efficiencies, eliminate waste and duplication, and ensure that we are getting the best value for money for ratepayers.

We will also aim to sell surplus properties and invest the proceeds in the priority infrastructure our city and communities need.

Managing rates responsibly

We will maintain our commitment to a 3.5 per cent annual rates increase, but to help meet the crisis caused by COVID-19, I have proposed a one-off increase in the average general rates for the next financial year of 5 per cent before returning to 3.5 per cent from the following year onwards.

The cost of the one-off increase represents approximately $36 a year on a residential property valued at $1 million, in addition to the currently planned increase of 3.5 per cent.

The ability to leverage additional borrowing off the income raised would allow $450 million in extra investment over the next 10 years.

Accountability of council-controlled organisations

In August 2020, Auckland Council agreed all 64 recommendations from an independent review of the council-controlled organisations that Mayor Goff promised as part of the 2019 election campaign.

This included the merger of Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) into a new organisation, Auckland Unlimited, on 1 December 2020. This is predicted to save ratepayers around $67 million over the next 10 years.

Supporting communities and maintaining assets

Mayor Phil Goff will ensure that the community facilities and council services that Aucklanders value and rely on are maintained and will tackle the city's housing challenges.

Community assets

Aucklanders value the city's many parks and playgrounds, reserves, libraries, community halls, sports fields, and open spaces, as well as services like rubbish and recycling collections, roading and public transport.

We will ensure these facilities and services are maintained and remain fit for purpose as our communities grow in size and diversity.

Ending homelessness in Auckland

I want Auckland to be an inclusive city where no one is forced to sleep rough, or in vehicles or emergency accommodation, because no alternatives are open to them.

While the number of people rough sleeping in Auckland decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the combined efforts of council, government, NGOs and private agencies, in times of economic recession it is important that we continue to look after our most vulnerable communities.

My Mayoral Proposal for the council's 10-year Budget 2021/2031 seeks to embed operational funding of $500,000 a year to help move towards the realisation of our vision that all Aucklanders have a place to call home.

Improving housing supply

Dwelling consents are being issued in Auckland at record rates.

I will work to enable increased consenting to increase housing choice and supply across Auckland, and ensure that housing is created within brownfield areas and near public transport and other essential services and facilities.

Other housing priorities include continuing to work to increase the overall housing supply to ensure that it meets demand for housing and continuing to advocate to government for reform to the Building Act and Building Code.

​Mayoral proposal for the 10-year budget

The mayor delivered his proposal for the 10-year budget 2021-2031 on 1 December 2020.

Read a copy of the proposal

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