Mayor of Auckland

The Auckland Mayor leads the governing body of Auckland Council. The mayor’s job is to promote a vision for Auckland and lead the development of the council’s plans, policies and budget. The mayor appoints the deputy mayor, establishes committees for particular topics, and appoints chairs for those committees. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Auckland Council mayoral election.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

  • No rates rise in 2023, to offset inflation and living costs, caused partly by Auckland Council's excessive borrowing. Cancel Auckland petrol tax.

    Cancel all unnecessary spending, such as bicycle lanes (costing 2 billion), that 82% of ratepayers don't want, along with 'climate nonsense'.

    Rationalise debt to revenue ratio. Council spends almost three times what it earns (300%). Debt has risen $4,000 million since 2016 – not good.

  • Keep rates the same.

    Pay for public transport by charging a levy on developers, to replace previous requirement for car parking.

    Curtail nice-to-haves like the proposed stadium, until such a time as we can afford them.

  • Increase rates on empty homes to 1/4 of the property value.

    Reduce the pay of mayor, councilors and other executives to a more reasonable remuneration.

    Sell council carparks to make way for housing intensification.

  • Stick to our knitting. Roads, rates, and rubbish. Cut the frills. Let people entertain themselves!

    Live within our means. No borrowing for trivialities and frivolities. Sensible investment for the future.

    Cut wasteful spending. Cut travel and pollution with jobs done by local people Not maintenance in the north done by contractors from the south.

  • Introduce new policies of freeing up council money for Aucklanders while effectively, efficiently reducing council costs through budgeting.

    Immediately reduce council debt, fees and charges and rates with tactical, prudent, shrewd planned financial management at all levels.

    Increase council profits in council investments and assets for all Aucklanders benefit, improvement and large rate rebates, rental rebates.

  • Support existing overall rating policies to ensure the council is meeting its existing obligations and debt ceilings.

    Fight to retain water assets under the council umbrella to avoid the negative financial impact this will have.

    Introduce rate and fee changes to support the Unitary Plan and encourage the building of affordable homes and increase housing stock utilisation.

  • Stop all projects that are non-essential core services until the finances are under control. Concentrate on the necessities over niceties.

    Initiate full investigations into the financial status and spending of Eke Panuku, Unlimited and Auckland Transport.

  • I pledge to take a 50% pay cut if elected Mayor of Auckland (in my first year in office), an act of solidarity steps towards covid recovery.

    Go through the books, investigate, and look at how council can cut costs.

    Get competitive quotes from other contractors to save rate payers money, risk of rate rises and unnecessary charges.

  • Ensure rates are set at an affordable level (nationally deemed to be on average less than 5% of household income).

    Committed to not selling strategic assets such as shares in Auckland Airport and the Ports of Auckland.

    Advocate through a coalition of mayors that central government returns GST revenue from rates to local councils.

  • No rates increases if at all possible.

    No congestion charges, no regional fuel tax. No global warming taxes.

    We want the GST back from government that we raise. Council debt must be lessened by stopping wastage and expenditure on unworkable policies.

  • Rates need to be based on the Consumer Price Index and not use specialised targeted rates as a means of increasing the general fund.

    Every business requires assets to enable borrowing for major projects. Also need assets that can bring in additional revenue

    Debt needs to be reduced, so less "nice to have" projects and get back to basics.

  • Avoid unnecessary rate rises by taking a hard line on council costs and not making unrealistic campaign promises.

    Make the Ports of Auckland – on Auckland's most valuable land – return dividends or rates worth $400 million a year to ratepayers.

    Cut waste and contain costs on overdue works projects like the City Rail Link by getting them back on track and finished.

  • Good management by focus on saving ahead of spending is Ryan's policy. There is so much waste that can be saved.

    Ryan has chosen mayor of Auckland over being mayor of Coromandel as there is so much more waste in Auckland that can be saved.

    By eliminating unnecessary waste will have a great effect on the health of the planet. Why don't people in government work to do this?

  • Reduce the existing high rates' increases and increase transparency and fairness in the rates' setting process.

    Improve efficiency, cut waste and transform how council and the council controlled organisations spend Aucklanders' money so we can see greater value for it.

    Build more effective partnerships with external funders/organisations to develop new revenue sources to take rates pressure off Aucklanders.

  • Continue to manage income and expenditure wisely and reassess contracts for price, outcomes and accountability to get value for money.

    Support the review of council's role in providing services and the sale and possible lease-back of underperforming ones.

    Understand and do what is required by credit-rating agencies to maintain an attractive AA credit rating to minimise debt financing costs.

  • No rates rise in 2023, to offset inflation and living costs, caused partly by Auckland Council's excessive borrowing. Cancel Auckland petrol tax.

    Cancel all unnecessary spending, such as bicycle lanes (costing 2 billion), that 82% of ratepayers don't want, along with 'climate nonsense'.

    Rationalise debt to revenue ratio. Council spends almost three times what it earns (300%). Debt has risen $4,000 million since 2016 – not good.

  • Keep rates the same.

    Pay for public transport by charging a levy on developers, to replace previous requirement for car parking.

    Curtail nice-to-haves like the proposed stadium, until such a time as we can afford them.

  • Increase rates on empty homes to 1/4 of the property value.

    Reduce the pay of mayor, councilors and other executives to a more reasonable remuneration.

    Sell council carparks to make way for housing intensification.

  • Stick to our knitting. Roads, rates, and rubbish. Cut the frills. Let people entertain themselves!

    Live within our means. No borrowing for trivialities and frivolities. Sensible investment for the future.

    Cut wasteful spending. Cut travel and pollution with jobs done by local people Not maintenance in the north done by contractors from the south.

  • Introduce new policies of freeing up council money for Aucklanders while effectively, efficiently reducing council costs through budgeting.

    Immediately reduce council debt, fees and charges and rates with tactical, prudent, shrewd planned financial management at all levels.

    Increase council profits in council investments and assets for all Aucklanders benefit, improvement and large rate rebates, rental rebates.

  • Support existing overall rating policies to ensure the council is meeting its existing obligations and debt ceilings.

    Fight to retain water assets under the council umbrella to avoid the negative financial impact this will have.

    Introduce rate and fee changes to support the Unitary Plan and encourage the building of affordable homes and increase housing stock utilisation.

  • Stop all projects that are non-essential core services until the finances are under control. Concentrate on the necessities over niceties.

    Initiate full investigations into the financial status and spending of Eke Panuku, Unlimited and Auckland Transport.

  • I pledge to take a 50% pay cut if elected Mayor of Auckland (in my first year in office), an act of solidarity steps towards covid recovery.

    Go through the books, investigate, and look at how council can cut costs.

    Get competitive quotes from other contractors to save rate payers money, risk of rate rises and unnecessary charges.

  • Ensure rates are set at an affordable level (nationally deemed to be on average less than 5% of household income).

    Committed to not selling strategic assets such as shares in Auckland Airport and the Ports of Auckland.

    Advocate through a coalition of mayors that central government returns GST revenue from rates to local councils.

  • No rates increases if at all possible.

    No congestion charges, no regional fuel tax. No global warming taxes.

    We want the GST back from government that we raise. Council debt must be lessened by stopping wastage and expenditure on unworkable policies.

  • Rates need to be based on the Consumer Price Index and not use specialised targeted rates as a means of increasing the general fund.

    Every business requires assets to enable borrowing for major projects. Also need assets that can bring in additional revenue

    Debt needs to be reduced, so less "nice to have" projects and get back to basics.

  • Avoid unnecessary rate rises by taking a hard line on council costs and not making unrealistic campaign promises.

    Make the Ports of Auckland – on Auckland's most valuable land – return dividends or rates worth $400 million a year to ratepayers.

    Cut waste and contain costs on overdue works projects like the City Rail Link by getting them back on track and finished.

  • Good management by focus on saving ahead of spending is Ryan's policy. There is so much waste that can be saved.

    Ryan has chosen mayor of Auckland over being mayor of Coromandel as there is so much more waste in Auckland that can be saved.

    By eliminating unnecessary waste will have a great effect on the health of the planet. Why don't people in government work to do this?

  • Reduce the existing high rates' increases and increase transparency and fairness in the rates' setting process.

    Improve efficiency, cut waste and transform how council and the council controlled organisations spend Aucklanders' money so we can see greater value for it.

    Build more effective partnerships with external funders/organisations to develop new revenue sources to take rates pressure off Aucklanders.

  • Continue to manage income and expenditure wisely and reassess contracts for price, outcomes and accountability to get value for money.

    Support the review of council's role in providing services and the sale and possible lease-back of underperforming ones.

    Understand and do what is required by credit-rating agencies to maintain an attractive AA credit rating to minimise debt financing costs.

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