7 Feb 2023

Deputy backs Wayne Brown's view flooding will affect Auckland Council budget

3:29 pm on 7 February 2023
Desley Simpson and Wayne Brown

Desley Simpson, seen here with Wayne Brown, centre, says the city's budget documents are now being updated to reflect the flood's impact. Photo: Supplied

Auckland Deputy Mayor Desley Simpson has told an emergency briefing the council's budget for 2023 will be affected by the massive flooding.

She said the council was preparing consultation documents for ratepayers on the latest budget. They will now include information on the impact of the floods.

"They are being tweaked to include the latest event."

Her comments come after Mayor Wayne Brown said the floods - and work around climate change - will have an impact on the council's budget now and in the future.

Simpson has become the second senior Auckland politician to raise the issue of the cost of the floods on ratepayers and the council in one day.

The council was already in the midst of trying to come up with ways to close a $300 million hole in its finances.

The home of Kannan Thiru was surrounded by a large pool of water still on Wednesday afternoon.

The flooding has complicated the council's bid to deal with a $300m hole in its finances. Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

Flood-hit property update

The Auckland Emergency Management team gave its latest update on the state of the emergency in Tāmaki Makarau this afternoon.

  • 276 buildings have been given red stickers which means they cannot be entered
  • 15,090 properties have yellow stickers which means limited access
  • 20 roads around the city are still closed

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