AUCKLAND COUNCIL RATE RISES
23 OCTOBER 2014
Earlier today the Taxpayers’ Union released a media statement regarding Auckland Council rate rises. We had been anticipating an announcement about rate increases for some time.
The New Zealand Herald reported under the headline “Average Auckland rates rise revealed”, that: “The average rates increase for all Auckland properties is 29 per cent, it was revealed today.”
With this announcement we published a media release which made a number of statements based on this reported information.
We have since been informed by the Council that the information reported on the New Zealand Herald website was factually incorrect. We note that since our release was published, the NZ Herald article has been significantly amended to reflect that, in this case, the increases in property valuations will have no impact on the amount of rates money the council collects.
The Taxpayers’ Union often makes comment about breaking news stories. We look to reputable newspapers and media websites for the latest news of relevance to our organisation and members. We apologise for the error.