Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Essential Investment Not Always Glamorous

Investing in stormwater, roads and footpaths might not be seen as 'sexy' but is utterly essential for Auckland's future according to the Chair of Auckland City's Finance and Property Committee, Councillor Kay McKelvie.

"It is a big plus for the City that next year we are planning to spend $22 million in stormwater improvements, $42 million in roading and $11 million in parks and street environments without increasing our rates", she said.

"One of the key responsibilities of any Council is to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to enable a city to grow and prosper. This is particularly the case in Auckland, which is the fastest growing region in the country with the population forecast to reach 1.6 million in the next 20 years.
Auckland City is the home to one third of the nation's workforce and 38% of all business enterprises. Without adequate provision for infrastructure, it would grind to a halt.”

Cr McKelvie said as the city grows so too does the demand on stormwater systems, roads, footpaths, and community facilities. “Yet local authorities have sometimes put money into more glamorous projects rather than maintaining the basics upon which people depend.”

Auckland's predicted growth provides huge challenges to the region's decision-makers and it is a challenge that the Auckland City Council has risen to with increasing success, according to Councillor McKelvie.

A report to Council's Finance and Property Committee indicates that last year Auckland City implemented the greatest capital works programme in its history, increasing by 25% the spend on capital projects over the last 3 years.

"We have to ensure the replacement and upgrading of our assets matches the forecasted growth rates for our city. It is critical to a city's ability to flourish that all local authorities fulfil their obligations to future citizens, by putting aside money to ensure the maintenance of a city's vital infrastructure", she said.

Councillor McKelvie said that Auckland City did this last year by changing its depreciation regime.

"The charging of depreciation is new in a local authority, and while that allows us to catch up with the maintenance and renewal of some of our assets, we also have to invest in new works that will allow us to keep up with the predicted population growth.

"Last year, in recognition of this the City actually funded $95 million of new works while investing $53 million in renewing and upgrading existing assets such as footpaths, roads and stormwater systems.

“This indicates the strong commitment this Council has to doing what Council's should be doing - improving the City's basic infrastructure.”

For further information please contact Councillor Kay McKelvie,
Telephone: 09) 846 7076 or 025) 279 6448

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Speech: NZ Moves To Red

Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday....


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga

The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...


Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>

Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>

Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>

Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>

Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>




InfoPages News Channels