Auckland is transforming rapidly. We face big challenges to meet the demands of a growing population and to make up for large gaps in infrastructure caused by decades of underinvestment in our city.
We need to continue investing in transport, housing, and local community infrastructure like libraries, parks and stormwater.
"Highlights from our end-of-year financial results show the significant progress the Auckland Council Group continues to make investing in the region, from Wellsford in the north to Waiuku in the south," says Stephen Town, Auckland Council chief executive.
The full annual report will be published in early November and will provide a more in-depth look at the Auckland Council Group’s financial performance, and how the council is meeting the challenges of our growing population – expected to reach 2.2 million by 2043.
These are some of the end-of-year highlights from our annual report.
Three new libraries opened in Devonport, Ranui and Te Atatū
For more information about libraries, please visit Auckland Libraries.
We continue to invest in arts, culture and heritage, with projects like:
- the new Te Oro music and arts centre in Glen Innes; see the Te Oro website for more information
- the redeveloped Titirangi arts and culture precinct including Lopdell House
- the First World War Heritage Trail, which runs from Wellsford to Waiuku.
Three water treatment plants upgraded in Waiuku
We connected Clarks Beach, Glenbrook, Patumahoe and Waiau Pa to the metropolitan water supply.
Cycling has grown 23.8 per cent since 2010
We completed the first stage of the Westhaven Promenade with walkways, cycleways and boardwalks, and the 1.5km Beach Road cycleway linking the city centre to the North-Western motorway.
Total public transport patronage increased to 79 million trips
Rail patronage increased by 22 per cent.
We invested in regional transport infrastructure that benefits all of Auckland. We started work on the Albany Highway North and Te Atatū Road upgrades and continued work on the East West Connection, improving transport east from Tāmaki to Onehunga.
More information about the Albany Highway North, Te Atatū Road upgrades and the East West Connection can be found on at Auckland Transport.
We added 178ha to our regional parks network and linked 100km of walkways on Waiheke Island
As our city grows, we need to ensure we protect our green spaces so future generations can enjoy Auckland’s spectacular natural environment.
We’ve increased our land holdings at Waitākere, Mahurangi and Te Rau Pūriri regional parks, and completed a programme of regional parks development projects, including baches at Waitawa and Ātiu Creek.
Eight sports facilities
We built or upgraded sports facilities such as playing fields and swimming pools in Mt Albert, Glenfield, Manurewa, Ōtāhuhu, Orākei, Rodney, Whau and Upper Harbour.
Retrofit Your Home scheme
3000 households received grants for improved home heating and insulation through our Retrofit Your Home scheme.