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How your rates are spent

Your rates are used to pay for things that make Auckland such a great place to live, such as public transport, events, parks and other community facilities.

We continue to invest more than ever before in your communities, delivering more facilities and infrastructure for Aucklanders. The video below shows how your rates work hard all around Auckland.

Local projects

Your rates money is also invested in your local area.

Below you can check out some of the current projects happening in your local board this year.

To find out which local board you live in, use our local board locator.


Rodney Local Board

  • plan for and construct recreational walkways, bike trails and footpaths
  • continue to develop the Warkworth Showgrounds and partner with the community to progress the multisport facility
  • upgrade main streets by implementing existing town centre plans
  • progress the expansion of the Kumeu Arts Centre
  • upgrade town centre toilets in Kumeu and Warkworth
  • undertake planning and concept design for a swimming pool in Warkworth
  • support communities to undertake environmental restoration projects
  • partner with the community to build playgrounds in Warkworth and Kumeu and skateparks in Wellsford and Snells Beach
  • upgrade sportsfields in Huapai and Warkworth
  • upgrade the Warkworth Town Hall.
Great Barrier

Great Barrier Local Board

  • new and upgraded walkways including the Tryphena Coastal trail, and the Claris to Crossroads, Harataonga and Station Rock Road walkways
  • restore the Pah Beach stone walls
  • environment enhancement, biosecurity and biodiversity programmes, marine protection and stream water quality monitoring
  • develop Medlands Playground and Plantation Reserves
  • plan for the island's abattoir and cemetery needs
  • implement further infrastructure to support more alternative energy uptake, a waste recovery facility and 3G cellphone access
  • align initiatives with the aspirations of Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea
  • advocate for retention of the solid waste subsidy
  • advocate for sealing or improving the island's roads.
Hibiscus and Bays

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board

  • fund further sportsfield development at Metropark East
  • continue the development of Long Bay Reserves
  • continue to support a seven day service at our libraries in Orewa, Whangapāraoa and Browns Bay
  • complete the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre upgrade
  • update the town centre plan for Whangapāraoa town centre and progress development of a Business Improvement District in Silverdale
  • support the delivery of local environmental programmes focusing on the North-West Wildlink, Love Your Bays and Weiti initiatives
  • complete improvements to Stoney Homestead to enable operation as a community hub
  • Progress the development of a Business Improvement District in Whangapāraoa
  • Plan and develop a more connected network of walkways throughout the Hibiscus and Bays area.
Devonport - Takapuna

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

  • building a Wairau Creek pedestrian and cycle bridge
  • upgrading the Barrys Point Reserve sportsfields
  • upgrading Hurstmere Road
  • replacing Black Rock bridge
  • completing the Torpedo Bay walkway
  • progressing the Korean Garden
  • progressing coastal walkways
  • supporting local community development, arts and culture
  • developing Barrys Point Reserve
  • heritage protection.

Kaipatiki Local Board

  • redeveloping Marlborough Park Hall as a youth destination
  • implementing the Kaipātiki Network Connections Plan
  • upgrading Birkenhead Town Centre
  • completing the de-silting of Onepoto Ponds
  • starting to develop 136 Birkdale Road as a community space
  • topping up regional funding to support seven-day library opening hours
  • continuing local events.

Waiheke Local Board

  • complete an extension to the sports park pavilion in Onetangi
  • progress development of a community swimming pool
  • develop a management plan for Rangihoua/Onetangi Sports park
  • remediate Little Oneroa stream
  • continue to maintain and develop our local parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, reserves and walkways
  • foster the establishment of an environmental hub, including marine, conservation and education on Waiheke Island
  • continue to support and develop community environment and restoration programmes
  • advocate for local decision-making, including management and control of land at Matiatia
  • advocate for development of pensioner and community housing on council land at Belgium Street and Waitai Road
  • advocate for the development of a resource recovery centre and composting facility.

Waitemata Local Board

  • complete the Weona-Westmere Coastal Walkway
  • upgrade Newmarket Laneways public realm to provide a safer and more vibrant environment for pedestrians and shoppers
  • deliver the Western Springs Native Bush Restoration Plan
  • redevelop Pioneer Womens and Ellen Melville Hall as a city centre community hub
  • continue the delivery of the Waipapa Stream restoration and ecological project
  • support local community services, events and grants
  • allocate funding to support increasing Grey Lynn Library's opening hours by half an hour a week
  • continue to deliver initiatives from our local board plan.

Orakei Local Board

  • Glover Park entrance upgrade
  • sportsfield lighting at Orakei Domain and Crossfield Reserve
  • upgrading the entranceway at Crossfield Reserve and installing a new toilet at Madills Farm
  • complete design and consent for the Shore Road Eastern car park and progress physical works the following year
  • install sportsfield lighting at Madills Farm and Shore Road Reserve
  • progress concept design for the Meadowbank Community Centre and look at opportunities to progress upgrade work through a Public Private Partnership.
Maungakiekie - Tamaki

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board

  • Development of Waikaraka Park and Sir Woolf Fisher Park
  • streams, waterways and environmental restoration projects
  • continue community grants and events
  • investigation of possible a BID (Business Improvement District) in Tamaki
  • improved accessibility and increased use of Panmure Hall
  • implementation of a community safety plan
  • increased participation and partnership in sport and recreation.

Howick Local Board

  • Continue to deliver a coastal management programme
  • progress the redevelopment of the Uxbridge Creative Arts Centre
  • continue to fund local community projects and events
  • further develop Barry Curtis Park, walkways, cycleways and play space at Flat Bush
  • upgrade Flat Bush Water Quality Ponds
  • develop the multi-use community facility, library and aquatic centre at Flat Bush
  • develop sportsfields and install artificial turf on key sports parks
  • develop Flat Bush green fingers, Murphy's Park, and Tamaki Inlet Walkway
  • extend existing walkways and cycleways and include informative signage
  • investigate potential for a youth focussed facility or more programmes for youth.
Otara - Papatoetoe

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board

  • fund business associations to promote public safety and improve the Ōtara, Hunters Corner and Old Papatoetoe town centres
  • promote rehabilitation of Ōtara Lake and waterways
  • develop two community skills sheds
  • continue adult entry to swimming pools without charge, funded by a targeted rate
  • refurbish Te Puke o Tara Community Centre
  • develop Ngati Ōtara Park multisport facility and marae (2020) – for community, cultural and health benefits
  • advocate for funding to develop a Papatoetoe and district museum and arts facility, and Hampton-East Tāmaki Sports Park
  • advocate for funding to realign intersection of Ormiston, East Tamaki and Preston Roads
  • continue to deliver initiatives from our local board plan.

Papakura Local Board

  • a metropolitan centre masterplan
  • upgrades to Drury Domain
  • Pahurehure Inlet cycle and walkways
  • establishing community and teaching gardens at Karaka
  • continued development of Opaheke Fields
  • Takanini multi-use community hub and library
  • developing a community arts programme
  • youth development initiatives
  • bringing more sports and community events to Papakura.

Manurewa Local Board

  • Completing the final stage of development of the Netball Manurewa Community Events Centre
  • Totara Park development
  • CCTV and town centre safety initiatives
  • holding local events such as Christmas in the Park, Waitangi Day celebrations, Santa Parade, Movies and Music in Parks, and Elvis in the Gardens.

Franklin Local Board

  • coastal erosion control
  • development of Waiuku Sports Park
  • events, grants and community support
  • funding for environmental initiatives, particularly focusing on waterways
  • upgrade of Pukekohe town centre
  • consideration of paying a targeted rate for additional community facilities.
Mangere - Otahuhu

Mangere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

  • Opening the new Ōtāhuhu Recreation Precinct and swimming pool in Ōtāhuhu in mid-2015
  • assessing options for a multi-use community facility in Māngere East
  • restore Seaside Park playing fields
  • local economic development action plan to deliver on enterprise and tourism aspirations
  • managing mangroves in the Manukau Harbour
  • intiatives such as CCTV in town centres to improve safety
  • 'Ōtāhuhu Linkages' and streetscapes for good quality connections around the Ōtāhuhu Town Centre
  • environmental initiatives
  • canopy for Māngere Town Centre and public toilet
  • continuing to fund free entry to swimming pools through a targeted rate.

Puketapapa Local Board

  • linkage improvements between Fearon Park and Harold Long Reserve
  • construct a new marquee at Pah Homestead for functions
  • focus on delivering Initiatives for youth - Youth Action Plan, Youth Connections, Project P.E.T.E.R.
  • local events and engagement
  • planning for Stoddard Road and implementation of the Three Kings Plan
  • implement the Local Economic Development Action Plan
  • sustainability initiatives including healthy homes and restoration of streams
  • track network along the Manukau foreshore reserves.

Whau Local Board

  • new Avondale community leisure centre
  • Whau Coastal Walkway and Greenways development
  • new Crown Lynn Urban Park as housing is built
  • supporting local community through neighbourhood development projects, arts activities, events and grants
  • retaining current library hours
  • increasing local environment stewardship.
Albert - Eden

Albert-Eden Local Board

  • Mt Albert town centre upgrade and Pt Chevalier, Sandringham, and Greenwoods Corner village centre improvements
  • local parks, sportsfields, and open space improvements, including Potters Park and Nicholson Park (stage 2) redevelopments and upgrades for Fowlds Park, Gribblehirst Park, Nixon Park, Phyllis Reserve, and Walker Park
  • town centre public art
  • local events such as Christmas, ANZAC day and civic events
  • Mount Eden historical heritage survey
  • implementation of a comprehensive masterplan for Chamberlain Park
  • development of greenways connections, including Motu Manawa walkway.
Waitakere Ranges

Waitākere Ranges Local Board

  • walkway development in the Waitākere Ranges
  • implement the Waitākere pest plant plan
  • improve water quality in the west coast lagoons and Manukau Harbour by working with local communities
  • activate Glen Eden town centre with events and activities in Glenmall
  • support local community services, events and grants
  • enhance our local environment
  • revitalise Glen Eden town centre and advocate for further funding
  • continuing to deliver initiatives from our local board plan.
Henderson - Massey

Henderson-Massey Local Board

  • improve community safety in Henderson
  • advocating for a pool, sport and recreation precinct and community facilities at Westgate
  • construction of Westgate library and community centre
  • partnering with the Tindall Foundation to deliver the Youth Connections employment project
  • converting the old Massey library to a youth facility once the Westgate library is built
  • hold local events such as Snow in the Park, Henderson Christmas Festival, Kite Day, Movies in Parks and making Neighbours Day a flagship event for our local board area
  • build a youth destination park at Te Rangi Hiroa
  • more people living in Henderson.
Upper Harbour

Upper Harbour Local Board

  • commencement of local planning and development of reserves in the Hobsonville Corridor
  • refit of community facilities at Hobsonville Point (Sunderland Lounge and HQ)
  • Albany Stadium Pool
  • new Albany hub community facility
  • sportsfield development at Hobsonville Point
  • provision of community grants.

Rates spend per $100

Rates provide approximately 45 per cent of the council’s revenue with the rest coming from grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees.

Each $100 of general rates funding is applied to specific themes. The largest proportion of rates funding is used to fund the transport theme, followed by lifestyle and culture, which includes funding for events, parks, recreation and art services - View the doughnut chart showing portion of $100 spent on each theme below, click to see larger image.

Pie chart showing portion of $100 spent on each theme.

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