6 Dec 2021

Climate change levy a great investment - Goff

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 6 December 2021
Auckland skyline from Northern Motorway

Photo: AFP

Auckland councillors will vote this week on the Mayor's proposed climate change levy for the city. The $1 billion climate change package comes as a report has suggest the Council isn't on track to halve carbon emissions by 2030. 

Mayor Phil Goff's budget proposal aims to entice people out of their cars and into more climate friendly modes of transport. It would put more buses on the road, electrify ferries, and provide better walking and cycling routes.

But that comes at a cost; an extra $57 a year for the average rate paying household. The Act Party has raised concerns that it is another cost to add to Auckland's already high, and rising, cost of living. 

Phil Goff describes climate change as an ongoing crisis, and without action, "a disaster". .. and says he's thinking about the world his grandchildren will grow up in.

He speaks to Lynn about the levy.