Auckland's 10-year budget


Auckland's 10-year budget

Long-term plan 2015-2025

Auckland Council received more than 27,000 written submissions on the 10-year budget (Long-term Plan 2015-2025), along with feedback from events and social media.

This information has been collated, analysed and summarised in a number of reports, which councillors considered during a series of workshops between 20-22 April.

View the consultation feedback received during the 10-year budget consultation


Key decisions

At a meeting of Auckland Council’s Budget Committee on 7 and 8 May, the committee agreed on the council’s 10-year Budget. The decisions were then adopted by the Governing Body on 8 May. 

The minutes from the meetings are available online (PDF 178KB).

Some of the key decisions included:

An average general rates increase of 2.5 per cent for 2015/16, 3.2 per cent for 2016/2017 and 3.5 per cent for each of the remaining years of the LTP

An interim transport levy will be introduced over the next three years.

It is intended to meet urgent needs for investment in public transport, including new rail, bus and cycleways.

The levy has been set at $99 ($114 including GST) a year for non-business ratepayers and $159 ($183 including GST) for business ratepayers.


The below amount will be paid in addition to the existing transport budget for the first three years of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025, as follows:

   2015/2016  2016/2017  2017/2018

Additional transport capex

$170 million

$174 million

$179 million

This additional funding will be used to pay for things like:

  • increase in walking and cycling funding across Auckland of $124 million
  • $43 million for North-western busway and additional 45kms of bus lanes
  • Park and Ride extensions at Silverdale, Pukekohe and Papakura. New facility for Westgate
  • delivering arterial and local road networks
  • public transport safety improvements for rail crossings.

The budget will be made up of:

  • $70million from NZTA and government
  • $60million from the transport levy
  • $40million from debt.

An interim levy was first signalled in the draft LTP published in December 2014. 

 Infographic showing how money from the interim transport levy will be used

The Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) set at $385. The UAGC is the fixed portion of your rates, which is paid by everyone. After reviewing the options to increase or reduce the UAGC, the council will keep the UAGC at its current level.

Slowing down of the long-term business differential strategy. The share that business rates make up of total rates collected will be reduced at a slower rate to achieve a proportion of general rates collected from business ratepayers of 33.0 per cent for 2015/2016, falling to 25.8 per cent by 2036/2037.

No further capping on rates increases or decreases. This means that all ratepayers in each rating category who own similar value properties would pay the same rates no matter where in Auckland they live. This will mean that some rates go up more than the average, but at the same time others could come down.

Fees and charges

There were slight changes to the fees for outdoor dining as part of the trading and events in public places bylaw. The final fees agreed have extra provisions for new licensees and those in outer districts. These changes will be adopted on 25 June by the governing body.

All businesses affected will be directly updated on these changes via the registration process at the beginning of June. This also includes mobile vendors and markets. 

Regional Facilities Auckland – stadium strategy

The RFA will meet with the sporting codes and stakeholders in the stadium strategy to consider all options and report back within 12 months.

Establishment of a new Council Controlled Organisation to be known as Development Auckland Ltd, which will see Waterfront Auckland merge with Auckland Council Properties Limited.

The agency will help the council take a more active role in urban redevelopment to improve the quality of urban living in Auckland, utilising existing council owned land to help to improve housing supply and create opportunities for town centre and business development.

The agency will facilitate the development of intensive housing along with commercial development in places with the best potential.

Local boards

The establishment of a new local board discretionary capital expenditure fund of $10m per annum, which will incorporate the existing Facilities Partnership Fund and be managed as a three-year amount.

Environmental management and regulation

  • A standardised annual inorganic collection service (on-property, booked in advance) to be implemented and paid for via the solid waste targeted rate.
  • A spend of up to $9 million per annum (an increase of $3 million per annum) of financial assistance for the Retrofit your Home programme was approved, but with a maximum debt exposure of $35 million.
  • The budget for National Biological Control ($158,000) was reinstated (but offset by other savings identified by staff) and it was agreed the Sustainable Neighborhoods Programme would be extended for one more year until June 2016.

Parks, community and lifestyle budgets

  • The standardisation of library hours, to achieve an equitable base service level across the region.
  • An increase in the Regional Grants budget of $350,000 per annum in line with the 2014/15 level of funding was agreed, and also an increase in the Regional Events budget by $200,000 annually for the LTP period.
  • Funding was provided for a World War 1 memorial in the Domain, noting that this will allow applications for funding from other sources.
  • $470,000 was allocated to for emergency housing, homelessness and rough-sleeping responses across Auckland.
  • $1.9 million over the first four years of the LTP for the Surf Lifesaving Northern Region was agreed for the purposes of redevelopment of the highest priority surf clubs.
  • The budget for street garden annual plantings in town centres was reinstated for the 2015/2016 year to support transition to lower operational cost planting options.
  • Annualized funding for the Auckland Festival of Photography of $72,000 per annum over the LTP period.

Governance and support budgets

  • Funding of the Parakai Reserves Board was increased by $279,000 opex and $50,000 capex over ten years, and funding of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Reserves Board was reinstated by a total of $811,000 opex over ten years.
  • COMET funding was reinstated by $235,000 per annum
  • Underwriting of up to $450,000 capex funding to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust to support the purchase of a new rescue helicopter.
  • The rent on the council’s Housing for Older Persons units will be set at 30 per cent of tenants’ pre-tax income, the rent be adjusted annually based on tenants income. For any given year, changes to annual rents (including increases and decreases) for existing tenants resulting from the above be capped at $10 per week implemented in $5 steps at six month intervals.
  • Additional capital expenditure of $6 million for Grid AKL was approved on the basis that the consequential opex be managed through the existing Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development operating budget.

Next steps

The Long-term plan 2015-2025, including 21 local board agreements for the coming year, will now be finalised for adoption by the Governing Body on 25 June.  A short report summarising the decisions made will also be prepared and made available on the council website in June.


10-year budget information on Shape Auckland

To read all our associated Long-term plan 2015-2025 documentation please visit the Shape Auckland page and use the Documents and tools tab.

Message from the Mayor and Chief Executive

Mayor Len Brown and Chief Executive Officer Stephen TownHe karere nā te koromatua rāua ko te tumuaki

Auckland Council is embarking on the largest investment programme in our region’s history. The Long-term Plan 2015-2025, our 10-year budget for Auckland, outlines how we will invest in our city over the next decade.

Auckland is facing incredible challenges and opportunities. We have a culturally diverse population of 1.5 million people, living from Wellsford in the North right through to Franklin in the South. Our economy is booming – GDP grew at 3.7 per cent in the past year and we created 37,000 new jobs.

More people want to live and work here than anywhere else in the country – our population is expected to reach 2.2 million in the next three decades.

We balance growth and development with protecting our natural environment – our three beautiful harbours, nearly 200 beaches and 48 maunga.

Read the full message

  • Budget at a glance

    Our 10-year budget sets out the activities, services and investments we have planned for the next 10 years.

  • Fixing transport

    Find out more about what we are doing to fix Auckland's transport network.

  • Your rates

    Auckland now has one rating system. This means houses of the same value pay the same rates no matter where they are in Auckland.

  • Local priorities

    Find out more about the funding priorities in your local board area.

  • Consultation

    The 10-year budget consultation was the biggest conversation with Aucklanders ever held. Find out how it shaped our thinking.

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