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What your property rates pay for

Services your property rates pay for

Your rates help us provide the things that make Auckland a great place to live and work.

These include:

  • collecting rubbish
  • improving public transport
  • organising and facilitating events
  • maintaining parks
  • running our libraries and other community facilities.

We continue to invest more than ever in communities, delivering more facilities and infrastructure for you to enjoy.

How much property rates contribute to our funding

Property rates provide approximately $2 billion (around 40 per cent) of our funding.

What your property rates pay for in your area

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  • Support of community groups through contestable community grants and accommodation support funding.
  • Delivery and funding of events that bring the community together, including the Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival and partnering with community-led events such as the Dominion Road Moon Festival.
  • Funding of tailored programmes at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre, the Mt Albert Community and Leisure Centre and Epsom Community Centre that meet the needs of our diverse population.
  • Completion of a 3-on-3 basketball court at Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier.
  • Improvements at Marivare Reserve, Epsom.
  • Renewal of the car park and installing toilets at Phyllis Reserve, Mt Albert.
  • Support of our business associations and Business Improvement Districts to build new skills and deliver projects which benefit businesses and town centres, especially while recovering from COVID-19.
  • Protection of our natural environment by funding projects, such as:
  •  the Albert-Eden Urban Ngahere (Forest) Project, restoration and management of Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek and Waitītiko/Meola Creek, Maungakiekie Songbird Project and Urban Ark programme.


  • Development of the Patuone Reserve walkway into a shared walking and cycling path that connects Takapuna town centre, Devonport Green Route, Nature Path and Sky Path.
  • Revitalisation of Takapuna town centre - incorporating a new community space.
  • Progress of the upgrade of Lake Road and Hurstmere Road.
  • Continuation of support of our pest-free coordinators in Devonport and Takapuna.
  • Renewal of toilets and changing rooms at Becroft Reserve, Milford Reserve and Gould Reserve.
  • Renewal and upgrade of play spaces and equipment across the board area, including Montgomery Reserve, Lansdowne Reserve, Linwood Reserve, Nile Reserve, Oliver Reserve, Aramoana Reserve, Belle Verde Reserve and Selwyn Reserve.
  • Renewal and upgrade of the Takapuna Pool and Leisure Centre.
  • Renewal of the Claystore Heritage building.
  • Development of a community area, including a play space outside the Sunnynook Park Community Centre.
  • Enhancement of water quality in the Wairau estuary.


  • Ongoing planning and development of local trails that will connect emerging and existing communities.
  • Renewal programmes for the sports network, active recreation and pools and war memorial halls.
  • Coastal assets erosion mitigation and prevention.
  • Environmental programmes for predator eradication, pest control, stream and waterways restoration, zero waste initiatives, endangered species identification and protection.
  • Grants for community water quality improvement initiatives in critical locations across the Franklin local board area.
  • Support of community-led waste minimisation projects, education and engagement.
  • Support of transport options and improvements for residents who must travel large distances to access jobs and schools, and to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Funding for a Community Arts Broker that supports a diverse work programme of art activities and community led projects.
  • Support of community and recreational groups to develop and deliver community-led projects.
  • Funding for an economic broker to deliver economic opportunities to support local prosperity and employment.
  • Funding community grants, community partnership grants, tourism grants, and sport and active recreation grants.

Aotea / Great Barrier

  • Renewal of the seawall at Mulberry Grove to prevent erosion.
  • Enhancement of the environment through biosecurity and biodiversity programmes, marine protection and stream water quality monitoring.
  • Work with mana whenua and community to increase understanding and coordinated monitoring of Aotea / Great Barrier's marine environment.
  • Expansion of integrated pest management across Aotea /Great Barrier island.
  • Work to provide an emergency water supply for Aotea residents, including the internal design of a small water treatment system, and the development of an emergency water supply plan.
  • Building of community capacity by funding community groups.
  • Supporting promotion of sustainable tourism on the island.


  • Support of events such as Snow in the Park, Henderson Christmas Festival and Kite Day.
  • Funding of the an Arts Broker so they can develop strategic relationships and community-led arts activities .
  • Support of Pacific aspirations: "Indigenius" social entrepreneur programme and consultation with West Auckland Pacific Forum.
  • Support of Tuhonohono Diversity - a migrant and refugee project involving innovation, collaboration and intercultural activities that increase opportunities for inclusion and participation.
  • Provision of grants by partnering with local organisations to deliver community services.
  • Planting of new trees to increase tree canopy coverage on publicly-owned land (Ngahere Action Plan).
  • Progressing of the Te Atatu South Centre Gateways and Street Improvements Framework development.
  • Funding of a sustainable community coordinator to support new Enviroschools and assist with mana whenua and community engagement.
  • Continuation of support for the bike hub at The Falls car park site, in collaboration with Panuku Development Auckland.
  • Funding of a Climate Action Activator to implement the Henderson-Massey Local Climate Action Plan.

Hibiscus and Bays

  • Assistance to local youth organisations with coordinating their activities and involving young people in decision making.
  • Funding of activities in our parks and reserves - free to attend and enabling the community to get active, meet others, and connect to nature.
  • Funding of a range of events that add vibrancy and create economic benefits for our area, such as the Rodders Festival, the Mairangi Bay Food and Wine Festival, and the local Santa Parades.
  • Support of Restore Hibiscus and Bays to do more conservation activities.
  • Growing phase of Urban Ngahere – we will take significant steps to increase the tree cover in the local board area through the planting of large specimen trees in public reserves.


  • Community events that celebrate our diverse culture, including the Moon Festival and Celebrating Cultures Festival.
  • Year-round custodian and future proofing services for Barry Curtis Park skatepark.
  • Supporting of youth participation, engagement, and leadership through the Howick Youth Council.
  • Renewal and refurbishment of the exterior of the facility at Old Flat Bush School.
  • Ongoing implementation of the Howick Village Centre Plan and Howick Heritage Plan.
  • Work with local business associations on initiatives that support the economy.
  • Support of the local tourism sector and promoting Howick as a visitor destination.
  • Provision of education on pest plants and animals and resources to schools and the wider community as part of the Pest Free Howick initiative.


  • Provision of funding to arts, community, culture, and sports groups through service agreements or through our contestable grants rounds.
  • Work with community groups to address the flooding and seawater inundation at Little Shoal Bay.
  • Finalising parks initiatives, including the Kaipātiki Local Park Management Plan and the Kaipātiki Connections Network Plan.
  • Provision of funding and staff support for our park volunteers working towards the goal of a pest-free Kaipātiki, and other restoration initiatives.
  • Upgrade of our bush tracks that go through Kauri forest to minimise the spread of Kauri dieback.
  • Continuation of funding support for Pest Free Kaipātiki to implement community-led conservation work and 'greening of Kaipātiki' strategy.
  • Development of a local Climate Action Plan that provides a roadmap for Kaipātiki to become a low carbon community.
  • Improving of water quality throughout the catchment of the Wairau Estuary alongside the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.
  • Support of the operations of the Kaipātiki Project, including delivery of environmental programmes and volunteer support.


  • Upgrade of the sports fields and lighting at Mangere Centre Park.
  • Development of a new destination playground and renew existing park at David Lange Park.
  • Funding of a local economic broker to champion Mangere-Otahuhu  businesses and help local people have access to training, skills and  quality employment opportunities.
  • Playground renewals at  Rock Daisy Crescent Reserve, Moyle Park, Vickers Park, Purata Park, Cyclamen Park, Ben Lora Park, Kamaka Park, Mervan Street Reserve, Waterlea Park and Anarahi Park.
  • Support of the restoration of the Pūkaki Crater, in partnership with mana whenua.
  • Protection of the natural environment through programmes, such as local pest free initiatives, waterways restoration and the Industrial Pollution Prevention Programme.
  • Free access to swimming pools at council leisure centres in the local board area.


  • Funding of renewal programmes for Totara Park,  Manurewa Aquatic Centre, Mountfort Park.
    Development of a new community centre to improve service levels.
  • Funding of further road safety initiatives to reduce death and serious injuries.
  • Improvement of transport connectivity and continuation of upgrades at Te Mahia station.
  • Funding of environmental initiatives around Totara Park, Manukau Harbour, Puhinui Stream and smaller waterways.
  • Climate change and waste reduction events.
  • Funding of a local Pest Free Co-ordinator to build momentum for the Pest Free Auckland vision.
  • Funding and support for activities that assist rangatahi (youth) and seniors in their studies, training for employment, and life-long learning.
  • Fund grants and partnering with local organisations to deliver community services.
  • Continuation of funding free access to Manurewa Pool and Leisure for people aged 65 and over, adults supervising children, and people with disabilities.
  • Funding and support of proposed activities that contribute to a thriving Māori identity and progressing Te Kete Rukuruku, the council's programme to increase the number of parks and places with Māori names.
  • Work with the Manurewa Town Centre Steering Group and the Manurewa Business Association on activities that promote safety and attract more people and investment into our town centres.


  • Support of community-led initiatives through our local contestable grants programme and strategic partnerships.
  • Funding of programmes and services provided through our community centres and libraries.
  • Continued maintenance and upkeep of our local parks and facilities.
  • Support for free local community events and activities throughout the year.
  • Support of our local businesses by working with business associations.
  • Funding of programmes that support young people to connect to quality and sustainable jobs.
  • Support for climate change initiatives focused on building our community's resilience and preparedness.
  • Support for initiatives that celebrate our diverse histories, cultures, and identities - especially those that celebrate Te Ao Māori.


  • Provision of grants and partnering with local organisations to deliver community services.
  • Neighbourhood development in the Ōrākei Local Board area.
  • Continuation of support for events and programmes at the libraries in Remuera and St Heliers.
  • Park improvements in Michael's Ave Reserve, Shore Road Reserve, Madills Farm, Crossfield Reserve and Waiatarua Reserve.
  • Continuation of support for three Business Improvement Districts and other business associations.
  • Facilitation of the Ōrākei-Eastern Bays Wildlink Network.
  • Continuation of support for the Eastern Bays Songbird Project and the Ōrākei schools' marine programme.
  • Undertaking of restoration of Waiata Reserve in the Hobson Bay Catchment.


  • Funding of renewals, upgrades and growth programmes for the sports network, active recreation, pools and playgrounds to address gaps in play spaces for different ages and abilities, and phase two of the Hayman Park playground development.
  • Funding and development of partnerships with business associations, community groups and enterprises to continue revitalising town centres.
  • Funding for contestable grants focusing on economic recovery.
  • Funding of environmental initiatives and restoration programmes around Ōtara Lake, Manukau Harbour, Tāmaki Estuary.
  • Funding of waste reduction events.
  • Funding and support of sustainable practices to generate momentum for climate change, including the Industry Pollution Prevention Programme.
  • Funding of events and projects that attract visitors, such as, Matariki, language weeks, Christmas and Santa parades and cultural festivals like Diwali.
  • Funding for local heritage and diversity programmes and events such as the Diversity Festival.


  • Support of growth funded development of parks at Hingaia Park, Park Estate, Kauri Heart Park and Okawa Avenue Reserve.
  • Funding of renewals to Massey Park Aquatic Centre to maintain current service levels in a high demand facility.
  • Support for Takanini Business Association, including the establishment of a new Business Improvement District (BID) programme for the area.
  • Continuation of work with the Papakura Commercial Project Group and Papakura Business Association to support the development of Papakura as a metropolitan centre.
  • Funding for a Town Centre Community Safety Co-ordinator and CCTV monitoring.
  • Investment in community-led developments and empowerment activities that include youth and Māori, He Mara Kai and food security initiatives.
  • Continuation of capacity building for the Smiths Avenue community.
  • Heritage Interpretation Project - developing a trail of sites of significance in Māori and European history.
  • Continuation of partnering with mana whenua and the Papakura Museum to reveal our unique histories.
  • Funding of ecological initiatives for the Papakura stream restoration project, Te Koiwi Pond restoration, waste management workshops, pest control, park and beach clean-ups, community environmental education and events, and Wai Care school programme.
  • Removal of mangroves.
  • Contestable community grants rounds throughout the year.


  • Funding of community partners to develop and support strong youth leadership and initiatives that empower them to take part in local board decision making.
  • Provision of support for CultureFest (formerly Auckland International Cultural Festival), as a part of the World of Cultures event series developed to celebrate Auckland's vibrant cultures.
  • Implementation of the Healthy Puketāpapa Strategic Framework and Action Plan to deliver the priority actions and ensure strategic collaboration with central and regional government agencies, community organisations, groups and residents.
  • Continuation of funding of our Strategic Relationship Grants.
  • Renewal of the full play space at Waikōwhai Reserve.
  • Minor improvements to the building assets and machinery at Cameron Pools Keith Hay Park.
  • Refurbishments at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park Hall.
  • Increase of understanding of Auckland's history and diversity through Supporting the Taonga Tuku Iho (heritage) Programme.
  • Funding of the Puketāpapa Local Board area Migrant Conservation Programme FY22, and other volunteering programmes, to increase community engagement in protection of our biodiversity.
  • Funding of a Climate Action Activator role to implement the Puketāpapa Low Carbon Action Plan.
  • Implementation of the Puketāpapa Urban Ngahere Growing Action Plan.


  • Funding work to improve our town centres.
  • Implementation of the actions from the Green Road master plan.
  • Funding of plants and pest traps for ecological volunteers to carry out environmental work in our local parks.
  • Providing funding for our two local arts centres to contribute to a vibrant local arts scene.
  • Beginning of research and engagement work as initial steps for a Warkworth Centre Plan.
  • Supporting of rural halls and venues for hire to provide spaces for locals to meet and enjoy activities.
  • Continuation of funding for our Rodney Healthy Harbours and Waterways Fund, which provides match-funding for landowners to improve waterways with riparian planting and fencing.
  • Funding for local, community-led pest control work.

Upper Harbour

  • Placemaking and neighbourhood engagement at Whenuapai, Hobsonville,  Albany and Greenhithe.
  • Ecological volunteers and environmental programme in our local  parks.
  • Continuation of funding for the Upper Harbour Ecology Initiatives Assistance Programme.
    Sustainable Schools Project – Our Local Streams.
  • Programmes and mentoring to build business resilience.
  • Installation of disability amenities at the Albany Stadium Pool.
  • Renewal of play space at Greenhithe War Memorial Park.
  • Development of new local park amenities for Observation Green.
  • Funding local grants for community groups in the Upper Harbour Local Board area.


  • Continuation of environmental projects including ecological restoration, climate action programme and predator management.
  • Funding to support marine education and improve water quality on the island.
  • Renewal of tracks and pathways across the island.
  • Improvment of the play space in Tawaipareira Reserve.
  • Progressing of the development of a community swimming pool.
  • Progressing of the Mātiatia Strategic Plan.
  • Renewal of the play space, stairs and pathways at Little Oneroa reserve.
  • Renewal of the Catherine Mitchell cottage.
  • Funding of a review of the availability of public toilet facilities on the island and renewing existing ones.

Waitākere Ranges

  • Funding of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery Inc. to operate Te Uru as a destination arts facility that develops and attracts visual arts exhibitions of local and regional significance.
  • Funding of the Going West Trust to deliver the Going West Literary Festival in Titirangi, including New Zealand writers in conversation, panel discussions and readings, as well as a gala opening, slam poetry showcase, theatre season, film screening and other satellite events.
  • Funding of Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre to develop a Business Development Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Building a social enterprise, led by local rangatahi, to improve access to digital devices through upcycling, and promote digital literacy for children and families as a key skill available to all Prospect School students.
  • Delivery of Open Studios Waitākere to support the creative economy in the Waitākere Ranges area.
  • Continuation of the Glen Eden activation programme, which aims to make Glen Eden a welcoming town centre for all.
  • Provision of community weed bins throughout the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area.
  • Planning for future investment in greenways and parks development.
  • Staged delivery of the Waitākere Weed Action Project, providing contractor support to control climbing asparagus, wild ginger, moth plant and woolly nightshade in Piha, Anawhata, Karekare, Huia and Cornwallis.
  • Funding of a community coordinator to help and connect community environmental restoration groups in the Waitākere Ranges.
  • Funding and support of year one of a three-year community-based climate action programme to guide and engage local community action in the areas of food waste reduction, local food production, plant-based diets, sustainable transport, energy efficient, electric homes, carbon sequestration, local circular economy and climate advocacy.


  • Work with mana whenua and mataawaka to increase responsiveness to local Māori priorities and aspirations, and continue to work towards Māori naming/ dual-naming of parks.
  • Waitematā community gardens, food and sustainability, and addressing homelessness in Waitematā.
    Urban Ngahere growing and urban forest restoration programmes.
  • Continuation of extended library hours for Central Library and Grey Lynn Community Library.
  • Climate action activities including Low Carbon Lifestyles, a Climate Action Activator role and the Climate Action Network.
  • Restoration of local streams and wetland including Waitītiko / Meola Creek, Waipāruru, Waipapa and Newmarket streams, and Te Wai Ōrea lake and wetland.
  • Local waste minimisation initiatives including zero waste events, repair cafés and e-waste collections.
  • Planning for a regenerative urban farm.
  • Waitematā community emergency resilience programmes in schools, libraries and key community-led centres.
  • Business emergency resilience programme to support small businesses in Waitematā to undertake emergency and business continuity planning.


  • Provision of open space planning to support growth and protect the environment.
  • Increase of funding to the Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy.
  • Expansion of the Whau Arts Broker role.
  • Refreshment of our community grants programme to highlight our renewed commitment to Māori.
  • Strengthening of relationships with marae across West Auckland to support residents of the Whau.
  • Continuation of implementing our Pacific and Ethnic Peoples' plans.
  • Working with business associations on the impacts of COVID-19 and support them to identify and access recovery opportunities.
  • Conducting placemaking activities to regenerate town and neighbourhood centres.
  • Continuation of support of local built heritage initiatives through our community response fund.
  • Delivery of a pop-up business school in the Whau Local Board area.
  • Contribution to the Young Enterprise scheme.
  • Continuation of our partnerships that support improved water quality along the Whau River.
  • Continuation of funding the award-winning EcoMatters Bike Hub, and the EcoMatters community Nursery.
  • Starting of investment in the Oakley Creek pest plan control buffer project.
  • Support of small local environmental projects and groups by increasing funding to the Whau Wildlink.
  • Funding of the Whau Industrial Pollution Prevention Programme for delivery of a one-off programme to the Kelston area.

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