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Mayor 1 Jun 2023

Mayor announces final budget proposal to control rates, protect services and pay down debt

In a speech to Auckland residents on Thursday morning, Mayor Brown set out a path to pay down $2billion debt, keep rates at inflation, protect core services valued by Aucklanders, cut waste and start to steady the council’s books. 

Mayor 30 May 2023

Update on Storm Response Fund: Mayor wants resources and decision-making to sit closer to communities

Mayor Wayne Brown and councillors met to consider how the proposed $20 million Storm Response Fund might be allocated to improve Auckland’s ability to prepare for and respond to future storms.

Mayor 23 May 2023

Mayor announces first phase of Public Transport Turnaround Plan

Mayor Wayne Brown is announcing the first phase of a practical and achievable programme to turnaround Auckland’s flailing public transport patronage, by improving services and reliability.

Mayor 17 May 2023

Mayor supports reducing cuts to arts and social services as part of balanced, sustainable budget

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown intends to propose changes to the draft annual budget 2023/24 when he tables the final budget proposal at the Governing Body in early June.

Mayor 17 May 2023

Mayor supports ‘Making Space for Water’

Mayor Wayne Brown is backing a practical and achievable programme that would accelerate planned flood management works across the region – delivering in six years what would normally take three decades.

Council news 11 May 2023

Mayor ends Auckland state of emergency

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has ended the state of emergency declared over Auckland on May 9.

Mayor 10 May 2023

Council’s budget hole grows to staggering $375 million, equivalent to a 22.5 per cent rates rise

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown today reacted to news that Auckland Council’s operating budget hole has widened to an ongoing shortfall of $325 million, plus an additional $50m required next year for storm response.

Civil Defence / Emergency Management 9 May 2023

Mayor declares local state of emergency

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has declared a State of Local Emergency for Auckland and delegated his responsibilities and powers to Deputy Mayor Desley Simpson.

Mayor 9 May 2023

Mayor opts for storm resilience rather than retreat

Last week, Mayor Wayne Brown and Councillors met to discuss how Auckland Council proposes to engage with Wellington as central government develops a national policy response to locations severely affected by flooding and land instability, includin...

Mayor 9 May 2023

Update from Mayoral Office

Mayor Brown has been briefed on the developing situation in Auckland and is in regular telephone contact with Auckland Emergency Management and the Deputy Mayor Desley Simpson. If required, he will delegate powers to Deputy Mayor Simpson as necess...

Mayor 28 Apr 2023

Mayor launches public consultation on new transport plan

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown is encouraging Aucklanders to have their say on which projects should be prioritised for funding in the region’s new integrated transport plan.

Mayor 26 Apr 2023

Consultation shows public support for key elements of budget proposal

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown urged councillors to keep an open mind about the options available to bridge the $295 million gap, as they met today to go over the results of public consultation on the Annual Budget 2023/24.

Mayor 13 Apr 2023

Mayor of Auckland accepts recommendations of independent review

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown said he accepts the findings of the independent review into the response to the Auckland Anniversary floods, and will work to ensure the panel’s recommendations are implemented.

Mayor 28 Mar 2023

Mayor announces next step in the Big Auckland Fix-Up

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown today announced a comprehensive emergency recovery plan which will help rebuild the region and better prepare Aucklanders for future weather events.

Mayor 27 Mar 2023

Auckland Mayor unpacks proposed arts and culture funding cuts

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown said a better integrated and sustainable approach to funding arts and culture is needed for New Zealand’s largest and most diverse region.

Mayor 20 Mar 2023

Auckland Mayor reveals plan to reduce road cones, road closures

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown is calling for AT to work with Waka Kotahi, and utility companies, to explore how the region’s temporary traffic management can be improved quickly, in ways that increase efficiency safely.