The boss of Auckland's long anticipated underground rail network is giving no guarantees it will hit its opening deadline of 2026.
It has suffered several budget blowouts and will cost the city $220 million per year once it opens.
Auckland Council's Budget Committee is meeting this week to look at increasing rates to meet "unavoidable" cost pressures brought on by the City Rail Link.
The city's mayor is proposing an 8 percent rates increase for the financial year 2026 to 2027, as part of the council's 10 year budget, to soften the blow of City Rail Link costs.
Finn Blackwell has more.