18 May 2023

Auckland deputy mayor on budget backtrack

From Morning Report, 7:52 am on 18 May 2023

The Mayor of Auckland Wayne Brown has softened his stance on the city's arts sector and social services, which previously faced sweeping budget cuts.

Citizens Advice Bureau, homelessness initiatives, regional events, and arts and culture funding are now certain of some funding at least.

The mayor's controversial budget proposal received feedback from 41,000 Aucklanders, breaking records.

Wayne Brown declined an interview.

Auckland's deputy mayor Desley Simpson spoke with Ingrid Hipkiss.