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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.

How much property rates contribute to our funding

Property rates provide approximately $1.9 billion (37 per cent) of our funding.

What your property rates pay for in your area

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  • Delivering and supporting events that bring the community together, including the Albert-Eden schools cultural festival, Christmas event at Potters Park, Anzac Day services and Movies in Parks.
  • Completing upgrades of local parks including Morvern Reserve, Potters and Coyle parks.
  • Restoration and management of Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek and Waitītiko / Meola Creek.
  • Development of a central community recycling centre with other local boards.


  • Development of Bean Rock, a themed destination playground at Windsor Reserve in Devonport.
  • Revitalisation of Takapuna town centre, incorporating a new community space.
  • New walking track in Lydford Reserve in Sunnynook.


  • Ongoing planning and development of local trails that will connect emerging and existing communities, including community-led delivery in Waiuku and on the Pōhutukawa Coast.
  • Supporting Pest-free Franklin, which enables groups and individuals to control weeds and animal pests.
  • Supporting community-led waste minimisation projects, education and engagement in Beachlands.

Great Barrier

  • Future-proofing the island's infrastructure.
  • Enhancing the environment through biosecurity and biodiversity programmes, marine protection and stream water quality monitoring.
  • Solar-powered system for the council facilities at Claris in an important step towards cleaner, greener living.


  • Supporting events such as Snow in the Park, Henderson Christmas Festival and Kite Day.
  • Implementing the Te Atatū South Plan, which aims to create a more attractive town centre, better spaces and connections.
  • Community arts brokers developing strategic relationships within the creative community and facilitation community-led arts activities.

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 and sporting activities including new lighting for Deep Creek Reserve.


  • Delivering and supporting events that celebrate our diversity and bring people together including Moon Festival and those celebrating the Lunar New Year.
  • Developing walkways and cycle paths.
  • Support environment-based initiatives to ensure a pest-free Howick.
  • Improving pedestrian safety - Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School children will get a bridge on Flat Bush School Road.


  • Improvements to Normanton Reserve – off-road connections, park furniture, cycle features.
  • Transformation of Greenslade Reserve into a new recreational facility with sports fields, walking loop and native planting.
  • Completed playground improvements to Lysander Reserve in Beach Haven, and Manuka Park in Bayview.


  • Initiatives to help improve community safety concerns in Māngere Bridge, including speed calming measures to restrict illegal car racing.
  • Funding and partnering initiatives helping young people gain skills, training and jobs.
  • Supporting the restoration of the Pūkaki Crater, in partnership with mana whenua.
  • Ōtāhuhu town centre upgrade.


  • Community, park and play space improvements at Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre, Tōtara Park, Mountfort Park, Clendon Reserve, Keith Park and Gallaher Park.
  • Water quality testing programme on Manurewa beaches.
  • 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.


  • Supporting initiatives that help youth gain confidence, skills, training and opportunities.
  • Improving open spaces and connectivity between neighbourhoods, business centres and green spaces.
  • Supporting events which help promote engaged communities and make Maungakiekie-Tāmaki a great place to live.


  • Maintaining and enhancing important heritage structures, features and sites such as the three searchlight emplacements on Tāmaki Drive.
  • Progressing plans for the Meadowbank Community Centre to become a fit-for-purpose facility.
  • Supporting a range of events for our communities including Carols on the Green and Movies and Music in Parks.
  • Restoring and enhancing our natural areas and biodiversity by supporting initiatives like the Eastern Bays Songbird Project.


  • South Auckland’s first destination playground at Hayman Park.
  • Establishing an ethnic diversity forum and a diversity festival.
  • 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.


  • Completion of the Owairaka bridge that connects Owairaka Park, Walmsley and Underwood Reserves.
  • Improving community road safety including new pedestrian crossings on Hillsborough Road and increased road safety measures around schools.
  • Supporting events such as Neighbours Day, Music in Parks and Movies in Parks.


  • 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.
  • Algies Bay seawall.

Upper Harbour

  • Refurbishment of the Sunderland Lounge for community use in Hobsonville Point.
  • Development of new National Hockey Centre in Rosedale.
  • Construction of additional parking at Kell Park Carpark in Albany Village.


  • Ecological restoration programmes.
  • Establishing an environmental hub to provide marine conservation and education.
  • Improving the skatepark in Tawaipareira Reserve.

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 to more thorough decision-making on matters important to west Auckland Māori.
  • Supporting events to celebrate our unique heritage.


  • Delivering environmental projects such as the Waipapa Stream restoration and ecological project.
  • Contributing funding towards long-term solutions to homelessness in our local board area.
  • Advocating for community-led initiatives like the civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road.


  • Building a new community facility in Avondale.
  • Funding Pacific wardens to patrol hot spots and town centres in the Whau area.
  • Park upgrades planned at Brains, Archibald and Crum parks, and Green Bay Domain.

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