Equity funding challenges acknowledged

Publish Date : 05 Sep 2023
Equity Funding
Franklin Local Board chair Angela Fulljames says a funding system that ensures some areas get more asset-based funding than southern boards, where half of Auckland’s growth is happening, has to be addressed.

A funding system that ensures wealthy areas with existing assets get more money than historically underfunded regions can’t be allowed to continue, Franklin Local Board says.

The board has provided extensive feedback on proposals for addressing local board funding equity, calling for it to be addressed inside three years, rather than the 10-15 years currently foreseen.

Board chair Angela Fulljames says the board acknowledges the funding model now used can’t continue and has submitted feedback calling for change, and that addresses specific concerns for the area.

“Earlier this year boards were invited to provide feedback on various recommendations, indicating support or otherwise for each component of a proposal being championed by Mayor Wayne Brown.

“Next month that feedback will be analysed and become part of a presentation to the Governing Body in October or November, which will then decide on options to be included in Long-term Plan 2024-34 consultations.”

She says it’s wrong that areas with the most facilities and assets attract more funding than historically underfunded areas, although she acknowledges having to consider reallocating funds to other areas of the city will be difficult.

“There is more work to do, but the current system perpetuates inequality. Some areas get more asset-based funding than southern boards, where half of Auckland’s growth is happening, and we’re talking millions. Areas that are already behind, stay that way.”

Fulljames says Franklin stretches from the Āwhitu in the west to Orere Point and Kawakawa Bay in the east – almost a quarter of all Auckland, with three towns, 16 villages and 13 settlements.

“We believe any funding policy should reflect boards dealing with large areas. Reallocation will require a commitment from all boards, and we would suggest they be open to changes that provide equitable outcomes for all.”

All local board feedback can be viewed in full at Auckland Council’s agenda and minutes page (https://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2023/07/20230726_PPK_AGN_11634_AT_WEB.htm) by searching the latest business meeting.

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