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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.

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.

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 community groups through contestable community grants and accommodation support funding.
  • Delivering and funding 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.
  • Starting upgrades to key community spaces such as Mt Albert and Mt Eden War memorial halls and Pt Chevalier Library.
  • Funding the restoration and management of Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek and Waitītiko / Meola Creek.
  • Supporting a bike hub at Gribblehirst Commons as a base for bike repair, upcycling and workshops.
  • Working with other local boards to complete the development of a Central Community Recycling Centre at the Great North Road.


  • Revitalisation of Takapuna town centre, incorporating a new community space.
  • Progressing Belmont Town Centre Improvements Plan.
  • Progressing the upgrade of Lake Road and Hurstmere Road.
  • Continuing to support our pest-free coordinators in Devonport and Takapuna.
  • Renewal of toilets and changing rooms at Milford Reserve and Gould Reserve.
  • Renewal of sportsfield at Becroft Park.
  • Repair of timber seawall at Wairau Estuary Reserve (Milford Marina).


  • Ongoing planning and development of local trails that will connect emerging and existing communities.
  • Supporting Pest-free Franklin, which enables groups and individuals to control weeds and animal pests.
  • Supporting community-led waste minimisation projects, education and engagement.
  • Supporting transport options and improvements for residents who must travel large distances to access jobs and schools, and to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Support community and recreational groups to develop and deliver community-led projects.
  • Development of Town Centres and working with businesses and community to improve employment initiatives.

Great Barrier

  • Future-proofing the island's infrastructure.
  • Enhancing the environment through biosecurity and biodiversity programmes, marine protection and stream water quality monitoring.
  • Building community capacity by funding and enabling community groups.
  • Support for promoting sustainable tourism on the island.
  • Development of cemetery at Claris.


  • Supporting events such as Snow in the Park, Henderson Christmas Festival and Kite Day.
  • Implement the Maori Responsiveness Plan: Waitakere Ki Tua.
  • Implementation of the Harbourview-Orangihina Ecological Restoration Plan.
  • Community arts brokers developing strategic relationships within the creative community and facilitation community-led arts activities.

Hibiscus and Bays

  • Supporting ecological volunteers to deliver programmes in parks.
  • Developing opportunities for youth leadership, capacity building, participation and empowerment.
  • Delivering environmental programmes such as Restore Hibiscus and Bays, EcoNeighbourhoods, and North-West Streamside Awareness.


  • supporting local arts, culture, events, sport and recreation.
  • providing grants and partnering with local organisations to deliver community services.
  • maintaining facilities, including local parks, libraries and halls.
  • Coordination of the Howick Village Centre Plan implementation.
  • Supporting our local businesses and business improvement districts (BIDs) to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Support environment-based initiatives to ensure a pest-free Howick.


  • Advancing the Beach Haven coastal connection as an identified connection in the Kaipātiki Connections Network Plan.
  • Providing funding and staff support for our park volunteers working towards the goal of a pest-free Kaipātiki, and other restoration initiatives.
  • Providing funding to arts, community, culture, and sports groups through service agreements or through our contestable grants rounds to support the work they do.
  • Upgrading our bush tracks that go through Kauri forest to minimise the spread of Kauri dieback.
  • Continuing funding support for Pest Free Kaipātiki to implement the Pest Free Kaipātiki strategy.


  • Funding and partnering initiatives helping young people gain skills, training and jobs.
  • Playground renewals at Cyclamen Park, Mangere Centre Park and Williams Park.
  • Developing a destination playground at David Lange Park.
  • Supporting the restoration of the Pūkaki Crater, in partnership with mana whenua.
  • Ōtāhuhu town centre upgrade.
  • Protecting the natural environment through programmes such as pest-free, waterways restoration and Industrial Pollution Prevention Programme.
  • Mangere Community House (Whare Koa) refurbish.
  • Free access to pool swimming for all at Council leisure centres in the local board area.


  • Community, park and play space improvements at Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre, Tōtara Park, Mountfort Park, Clendon Reserve, Keith Park, Randwick Park.
  • Improvements underway at Nathan Homestead Pukepuke, Totara Park, War Memorial Park and Te Mahia station.
  • Partnerships with mana whenua and mataawaka on cultural storytelling and participation in local planning and economic benefits.
  • Restoration of Weymouth Boat ramp and turn-around.
  • Environmental initiatives around Totara Park and Puhinui Stream, climate change and waste reduction events.
  • Grants and scholarships that assist youth and seniors in their studies, training and life-long learning.
  • Free access to Manurewa Pool and Leisure for those 65 and over, adults supervising children and people with disabilities.
  • Revitalisation of the Manurewa Town Centre and other business centres.


  • Supporting local arts, culture, events, sport and recreation.
  • Providing grants and partnering with local organisations to deliver community services.
  • Maintaining facilities, including local parks, libraries and halls.
  • Progress a local parks management plan for our area.
  • Complete the Waikaraka Park Reserve management plan and masterplan.
  • Support our local businesses and business improvement districts (BIDs) as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Continue to support the Tāmaki Estuary Environmental Forum and the Manukau Harbour Forum.
  • Continue to support ecological volunteers and programmes with an environmental outcome.


  • Providing grants and partnering with local organisations to deliver community services.
  • Supporting local arts, culture, events, sports and recreation.
  • Maintaining facilities, including local parks, libraries and halls.
  • Supporting our business associations and business improvement districts through access to information and support, and funding to assist with COVID-19 recovery.
  • Restoring and enhancing our natural areas and biodiversity by supporting initiatives like the stream restoration, waste minimisation programmes, supporting environmental volunteers and partnering with schools to provide a range of environmental initiatives.


  • Hayman Park development and park/playground upgrade into Stage 2.
  • Free adult swimming in all pools in the local board area.
  • Support sustainable practices to protect and preserve our natural environment to prepare for the effects of climate change.
  • Events and projects delivered by local organisations to attract visitors e.g. Matariki, language weeks, Christmas and Santa parades, cultural festivals such as Diwali, and sports awards.
  • Developing the Ngāti Ōtāra Multi-Sports and Cultural Centre in Ōtara, which will provide world-class sporting and community facilities for our area.
  • Support for environment and restoration programmes to improve water quality of Ōtara Lake and the Neat Streets programme, and the Puhinui Stream Regeneration Project.


  • Continue to work with community partners to implement the Healthy Puketāpapa Strategic Framework and Action Plan.
  • Fund the Puketapapa Youth Board to develop and support youth engagement and initiatives.
  • Climate change response projects, such as the EcoNeighbourhoods and Home Energy Advice projects.
  • Ongoing restoration of the Te Auaunga/ Oakley Creek catchment, including supporting volunteer groups with maintenance.


  • Delivering the planned town centre improvements in Helensville and Warkworth.
  • Funding local volunteers in our public spaces, including community planting programmes, plant and animal pest control.
  • Continuing funding for our Healthy Harbours Fund, which provides match-funding for landowners to improve waterways with riparian planting and fencing.
  • Funding for local, community-led pest management plans and pest control work.

Upper Harbour

  • Upgrade of Caribbean Drive Sports field and toilet facility.
  • Placemaking and neighbourhood engagement at Whenuapai, Scott Point, Albany and Greenhithe.
  • Ecological volunteers and environmental programme in our local parks.
  • Continued funding for the North-West Wildlink Assistance Programme.


  • Continuing environmental projects including ecological restoration and predator management.
  • Renewal of tracks and pathways across the island.
  • Improving the skatepark in Tawaipareira Reserve.
  • Progressing the development of a community swimming pool.
  • Progressing the Mātiatia Strategic Plan.

Waitākere Ranges

  • Revitalising Glen Eden town centre, including supporting activation programmes aimed at making the centre welcoming for all residents.
  • Adoption of a new approach (Waitakere Ki Tua) to more thorough decision-making on matters important to west Auckland Māori.
  • Supporting events such as Open Studios Waitakere and Going West Festival so people experience and celebrate our local arts, crafts and unique heritage.


  • Support local stream restoration such as in the Waipapa, Waiparuru and Newmarket streams, and restore Te Wai Ōrea Western Springs Lake and wetland.
  • Fund local community education and activities that implement the Waitematā Local Board's Low Carbon Action Plan including the Waitematā Low Carbon Network.
  • Improve the Western Springs Lakeside Park, Home Street Reserve and Outhwaite Park playgrounds and develop park improvement plans for Basque Park and Heard Park.
  • Deliver actions from the Ngahere (Urban Forest) Strategy Waitematā Action Plan and fund ecological restoration projects across the Waitematā area.
  • Work with communities to develop emergency resilience plans so local communities can be better prepared for pandemics, climate emergencies and other disasters.


  • Building a new Integrated Library and Community Centre in Avondale.
  • Funding a community arts broker to develop and support strategic relationships within our creative community.
  • Deliver programmes that respond to our Whau Pacific and Ethnic Peoples Plans.


  • Development of the new Takanini multi-purpose facility and Opaheke.
  • Continuing to work with the Papakura Commercial Project Group and Papakura Business Association to support the development of Papakura as a metropolitan centre.
  • Town Centre Community safety co-ordinator and CCTV monitoring.
  • Under the greenways (local paths) plan, continue to create a linked-up network of safe walking, running and cycling pathways.
  • Investing in community-led developments and empowerment in Smiths Ave community.
  • The development of a concept plan for a heritage trail, and continued partnering with mana whenua and the Papakura Museum to reveal our unique histories.
  • Ecological initiatives through the Papakura stream restoration project and Wai Care schools programme.
  • Maintain the removal of mangroves.

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