Auckland Council budget shortfall: Most feedback from Pākehā over 40

6:38 am on 22 March 2023
AUCKLAND, NZ - MAY 29:Traffic on Queen street with the Skytower in the background on May 29 2013.It's a major commercial thoroughfare in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand's main population center.


The Auckland Council is urging residents to respond to its proposals for reducing its $295 million budget shortfall.

More than 10,000 residents have already submitted feedback on the draft budget, and there was one week left for those still wanting to have their say.

Chief financial officer Peter Gudsell said most of the feedback so far received was from Pākehā.

"It's clear Aucklanders are already engaged with this budget and we want to ensure as many people as possible are aware of this opportunity to have their voices heard before final decisions are made by the council's Governing Body.

"A lot of the feedback received so far is from New Zealand Europeans, especially those 40 years and older, with Pasifika, Asian and Māori communities currently under-represented."

An online questionnaire was an easy to answer multi-choice format, he said.

If there was only one area someone wanted to provide feedback on, they did not have to answer all questions, he said.

"We have translated information and feedback forms available for those who may not be confident in English, so don't let a language barrier stop you.

"We would also like to see our youth and elderly audiences providing further feedback, especially those aged under 25 or over 75."

People who want to have a say can do so online or in person.

"All of the budget documents and feedback forms are available online, at your local library, service centre or at a Have Your Say event."

Feedback must be received before consultation closes at 11pm on Tuesday 28 March.

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