Rodney gets a fraction of Auckland council’s $32bn budget

For the 2021/2022 financial year the Rodney local board has been allocated $9.4 million for capital investment and $17.7 million for operating costs from Auckland City Council. The city council has announced a 10-year budget covering the wider Auckland area of $31.8 billion.

Among the asset improvements planned for Rodney include:

  • Renewal of the Mahurangi Community Building – $2 million
  • Renew walkways and signs at Omaha Beach – $1.2 million
  • Riverhead War Memorial Park development which includes the playspace, carpark and park entrances – $2.8 million
  • Revitalise Warkworth and Helensville town centres – $1.4 million
  • Renew tracks and signs to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease – $1.8 million
  • Renew major assets at Wellsford Centennial Park – $2 million

Without elaborating on any details, Rodney Local Board chair Phelan Pirrie says the board had to make some “hard calls because of budget constraints caused by Covid-19”.

“We must strike the right balance – maintaining community assets, protecting services and investing in critical infrastructure for our fast-growing population,” he says.

“There is strong support for the Kumeu-Huapai indoor courts facility, and while it isn’t a priority in this budget because of funding constraints, we are exploring options to deliver the facility through a public-private partnership.

“Many people gave feedback on public transport, wanting easier access through better coverage and frequency. While public transport isn’t a function of the local board; there has been strong investment in several successful bus services through the board’s transport targeted rate. Clearly though, more needs to be done.

“It is very concerning that Rodney has the highest rate of road deaths and serious injuries of any local board area. Although roads aren’t a local board function, we continue to advocate for more investment in road safety and road sealing.

“We’ll continue to deliver our existing projects which include town centre improvements and environmental projects involving water quality and pest management.”

Find out more about what’s in the 10-year Budget.