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What your property rates pay for

Ngā mea ka utua e ō reiti

Services your property rates pay for

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

They help fund our day-to-day operations and the services that benefit us all.

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.

Public transport

During consultation on the 10-year budget 2015-2025, you told us to invest more in transport.

We are investing $523 million more in transport over three years.

This will be funded by:

  • the Regional Fuel Tax scheme (charged at a rate of 10c per litre + GST)
  • contributions from New Zealand Transport Agency
  • our borrowing.

How much property rates contribute to our funding

Property rates provide approximately $1.64 billion (45 per cent) of our funding.

What your property rates pay for in your area

If you don't know your local board, see find your ward and local board.


  • Supporting events such as Neighbours Day, Brazil Day, Music in Parks and Movies in Parks.
  • Funding community centres at Epsom, Mt Albert, Sandringham and Pt Chevalier.
  • Protecting rare lava forests and landscapes near Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek walkway, Withiel Thomas Reserve and Almorah Road.


  • Upgrading Clarence Street.
  • Completing cycle and footpaths around Lake Pupuke.
  • Improving stormwater and park facilities at Sunnynook Park.


  • Developing Waiuku Sports Park.
  • Controlling coastal erosion.
  • Supporting groups and individuals to control weeds and animal pests.

Great Barrier

  • Future-proofing the island's infrastructure.
  • Enhancing the environment through biosecurity and biodiversity programmes, marine protection and stream water quality monitoring.
  • Helping the economy become sustainable and prosperous.


  • Supporting events such as Snow in the Park, Henderson Christmas Festival, Kite Day.
  • Constructing the Westgate multi-purpose community centre and library.
  • Supporting the development and intensification of Henderson town centre.

Hibiscus and Bays

  • Developing and improving walking and cycling routes, including safe crossings.
  • Supporting volunteers to deliver programmes on biodiversity, stream care and preventing pollution.
  • Developing park facilities suitable for a range of family-friendly activities.


  • Developing Half Moon Bay as a transport hub, in partnership with Auckland Transport.
  • Extending the network of walkways and cycleways across Howick.
  • Developing sports fields and installing artificial turf at key parks.


  • Redeveloping Birkenhead skate park.
  • Developing 136 Birkdale Road into a multi-purpose community space.
  • Developing Marlborough Park into a high-quality youth destination.


  • Upgrading Ōtāhuhu streets.
  • Funding and partnering initiatives helping young people gain skills, training and jobs.
  • Investing in arts brokering and seed funding to increase access and participation in the arts.


  • Developing the park and recreation spaces surrounding Clendon.
  • Developing and improving Manukau Harbour Coastal Path and cycleway.
  • Improving access and safety at Te Mahia station.


  • Working towards reducing the number of local young people not in education, employment or training.
  • Promoting the area to businesses.
  • Developing cycleways through local parks.


  • Maintaining, enhancing and interpreting important heritage structures, features and sites.
  • Supporting a range of community events.
  • Restoring and enhancing our natural areas.


  • Refurbishing Te Puke o Tara Community Centre in Ōtara.
  • Establishing an ethnic diversity forum and a diversity festival at Hayman Park.
  • Developing Ngati Otara Park multisport facility and marae.


  • Upgrading Mt Roskill shopping centre on Dominion Road (once transport planning is finalised).
  • Supporting existing and emerging social enterprises such as the Bike Kitchen in Mt Roskill.


  • Funding environmental volunteer initiatives such as pest-free areas, streamside restoration and community planting.
  • Developing and improving sports parks and fields, hard courts and key open spaces.
  • Supporting water quality improvements in harbours and waterways.

Upper Harbour

  • Completing the Albany Community Hub.
  • Developing the sportsfield at Hobsonville Point.
  • Making waterways cleaner and healthier.


  • Supporting work to improve the health of Little Oneroa Stream.
  • Supporting Piritahi Marae to develop as a local community centre and community agency.
  • Establishing an environmental hub to provide marine conservation and education.

Waitākere Ranges

  • Revitalising Glen Eden town centre.
  • Supporting long-term control of pest plants and animals.
  • Supporting events to celebrate our heritage.


  • Delivering environmental projects such as the Waipapa Stream restoration and ecological project.
  • Delivering grants to support local community services and events.


  • Building a new community facility in Avondale.
  • Improving housing quality through schemes such as Healthy Rentals and home energy advice.
  • Enabling local community arts activities through our arts broker.

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