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Rates money is for Denise Lee to be a councillor

Sunday, 20 August 2017, 1:00 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Rates money is for Denise Lee to be a councillor, not to stand for Parliament 20 AUGUST 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

Auckland Traffic Stalls as Auckland Transport Buys Tapware

Monday, 7 August 2017, 9:56 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

2 AUGUST 2017 - Phil Goff’s efforts to save money at Auckland Council are clearly coming to nothing, with the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance revealing today that Auckland Transport is sparing no expense in its new office headquarters. More >>

Council's transport spending to fall by 46% in 2018

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 9:01 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Despite the higher rates, Auckland Council is slashing its spend on transport, with a projected fall of 46% in 2018 and other years in the next decade forecast to see the Council spend one-third less than current transport spending. The modelling is ... More >>

Ratepayers have had a bellyful of seeing their money wasted

Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:35 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Council’s $15,000 invitation only ‘Pacific lunch’ suggests the culture of waste and entitlement hasn’t changed under new Mayor, Phil Goff. The lunch, apparently for the purposes of consultation, saw ratepayers cover $250 per attendee, ... More >>

Phil Goff refuses to release legal advice

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 3:14 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is seeking an urgent review of Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s withholding of legal advice that he claims justifies the Council’s legal position in relation to its accommodation sector targeted rate. Jo Holmes, ... More >>

Council's ‘Reo Uplift Initiative’ cost claim is inconsistent

Wednesday, 7 June 2017, 2:35 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Council’s claims in media that changes to make its Albert Street HQ lifts speak Te Reo cost only $700, are totally inconsistent with earlier correspondence from the Council released under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings ... More >>

Road tolls risk being Council cash cow

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 11:45 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance says that the anticipated announcement this week by the Government giving the green light to road tolls in Auckland should be focused solely on managing demand and be revenue neutral for central and local government. More >>

Auckland Council Wastes Thousands Paying For Elevators

Monday, 5 June 2017, 7:14 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Council Wastes Thousands Paying For Elevators To Announce Floor Numbers In Te Reo 5 JUNE 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance can reveal that Auckland Council spent $6,200 of ratepayers’ money to bring in specialist ... More >>

Councillors break election promises – impose risky hotel tax

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 4:48 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Responding to Auckland Council’s decision to impose a targeted rate on accommodation providers, Jo Holmes, spokesperson for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance , says: More >>

Myers Park taniwha nearly half a million dollars

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 4:40 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance is slamming Auckland Council's cancelling of suburban art projects, as a result of a $110,000 cost blow-out of the Council's moving taniwha sculpture in the CBD. The project is set to now cost ratepayers $460,000. More >>

Councillors At Risk of Breaking Pre-Election Pledge on Rates

Monday, 8 May 2017, 4:56 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Mayor Phil Goff's revised proposal for a targeted rate on motels and hotels, expected to raise $17-18 million, is equivalent to a rates increase of 1.1% across the whole of Auckland, according to analysis by the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance. More >>

Māori Statutory Board’s $270k legal bill an abuse of process

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:54 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance says that the $273,431 legal bill for the Independent Māori Statutory Board ’s failed legal challenge of the Unitary Plan is an abuse of process and the rights of ratepayers. Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Jo ... More >>

Ratepayers Tell Councillors to Stick to Pledges

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 2:40 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Submitting to Auckland Councillors yesterday, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, on behalf of its 16,000 members, said that those who vote for Phil Goff’s proposed Accommodation Targeted Rate would be in breach of their commitments to keep rate ... More >>

Ratepayers' Alliance to Make Oral Submission

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 11:23 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance will be making submissions on the Auckland Council draft budget, after Cr Ross Clow made a u-turn on his decision not to allow the ratepayer group to make oral submissions. Their Spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says: More >>

Invitation to Have a Say on Annual Budget Revoked

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 12:05 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

Auckland Council is again refusing to acknowledge any ratepayer group as a 'key stakeholder' for the purposes of allowing an oral submission to councillors on this year's Annual Budget, which sets the rates for the 2017/18 financial year. Earlier ... More >>

Auckland Council Try to Plaster Over Consultation Cracks

Monday, 3 April 2017, 11:05 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

More than one thousand Aucklanders have emailed the Mayor and the nine Councillors who voted not to allow ratepayers to present on this year’s annual budget to express their outrage, resulting in the Council's email system crashing briefly on Friday ... More >>

Ratepayers denied right to present to Councillors on rates

Friday, 31 March 2017, 10:58 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

In a first for New Zealand local government, Auckland Councillors have voted to prevent members of the public presenting orally to Councillors as part of this year’s Annual Budget consultation process. The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance was shocked ... More >>

Denise Lee by-Election to Sting Ratepayers Over $100k

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 3:16 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance can reveal that the likely by-election for Denise Lee’s Council seat in the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward will cost ratepayers at least $115,000, according to official figures revealed under the Local Government Official ... More >>

Denise Lee is Paid to Do a Job - So Which One is It?

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 2:46 pm | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling on National Party Parliamentary candidate Denise Lee to stand down as an Auckland Councillor while she campaigns for a new job in Wellington as an MP. More >>

Local Boards Spend $27k Throwing Parties for Neighbours Day

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:49 am | Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance

It has been reported that eight local boards in Auckland are spending $27000 of ratepayers' money on treating a few lucky locals to a BBQ. $200 grants are being offered so that 114 residents can get to know their neighbours better during ‘Neighbours Day’. ... More >>



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