31 May 2023

Auckland Budget: Mayor makes his final proposal

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 31 May 2023

Auckland Councillors will get to see the final shape of the city's Budget when it's presented to them by Mayor Wayne Brown today - but the issue of how to plug a massive hole in the finances could be a sticking point. 

The city is short $325m dollars - plus another $50 million needed for storm recovery - and the Mayor has strongly agitated for a selling off the Council's 18-percent share in Auckland Airport. Last week, Mayor Brown said he wanted to protect already financially-strained ratepayers in the most sensible way possible. 

The final annual budget will be adopted at the end of June, coming into effect from the start of July. RNZ reporter Amy Williams joins Kathryn with the detail.

Auckland skyline from Northern Motorway

Photo: AFP