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Manukau rates up average 3.8%

Published 17 June 2009

Manukau City Council has decided to raise its rates by an average 3.8%, including 1% for the regional amenities rate. In the draft plan, that regional rate was to have been on top of a 3.8% increase.

 

The council passed on savings in short-term interest and also decided to leave the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre stage 2 development out of its 10-year plan.

 

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Manukau council recommends 3.8% rates rise

Published 12 March 2009

Manukau City Council has proposed a 3.8% rates plus another 1% to fund the levy for Auckland regional facilities.

 

The council decided the figure to out iut to public consultation last week. Mayor Len Brown said the increase aimed to achieve the fine balance between what was affordable for both the council & the community, providing the right services at the right level, and sustainability.

 

“We are acutely aware of the need for financial prudence & restraint, to keep in mind that our ratepayers are facing difficult times in this economic climate. But as a council, we are sending a strong & clear message to our businesses & community that we are hugely confident in our city.

 

“In making our decisions over the past few weeks, and today, we have removed items from the proposed budgets, reduced spending on other projects, as well as deferring major spending. We also have to take care that we don’t move costs arbitrarily for future generations to meet.

 

“Every community will benefit through the proposals in this draft plan. In Otara, we’re planning to renew the swimming pool. In Manurewa, the netball courts will be upgraded. We are committing $185 million over the 10 years to Ameti (the Auckland Manukau eastern transport initiative) and another $20 million for the transport hub associated with the Manukau cbd.

 

“In Mangere, there will be a new arts centre and in Papatoetoe we are planning upgrades to the town centre streets. In Howick, we are proposing that the Uxbridge Creative Centre be upgraded, with construction beginning in 2012.

 

“At the same time, we are doing everything we can to drive down costs. In the previous 10-year plan, the average rate rise was at 5.9%. We have that down to 3.8 %.

 

“I believe we have achieved the balance. In April, the residents of Manukau will have the opportunity to tell us whether they believe we have achieved that balance, when the draft plan goes out for consultation.”

 

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Manukau sets new pay rates for commissioners

Published 23 September 2008

Manukau City Council has set a new pay rate for hearings commissioners, backdated to 30 June.

 

When remuneration was reviewed last December the rate was kept at the 2006 level, with a further review suggested by June.

 

The daily rate was divided by 6 instead of the previous 8 to reach an hourly rate, and ordinary commissioners will now get $133/hour, up from $100/hour. Chairmen or sole commissioners will get $153/hour. Some commissioners will be paid a $500/month retainer.

 

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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Manukau holds to 4.9% rates increase

Published 24 June 2008

Manukau City Council has stuck to a 4.9% rates increase in their rates, 1% below the level proposed in its long-term plan.

 

Acting mayor Gary Troup said today the council had to strike a balance between meeting present requirements while still ensuring the council could meet the city’s future needs.

 

“We are conscious of the pressure many of our residents face, particularly in the current economic climate…. We believe the council will be able to maintain financial sustainability as well as meet the community’s needs for service & economic restraint.”

 

The council has also retained a fixed wastewater charge for residents: “Deciding this structure was extremely difficult. We had to consider the impacts on different groups of customers, as well as keep in mind the issue of water conservation. We decided to keep using the residential fixed charge because it was the fairest option. It prevents an unreasonable burden falling on large families, which is what would have happened if we adopted charging by volume.”

 

Charges to community groups & business customers will be a mix of a fixed charge & a price/m³ of water used. The subsidy that businesses & community groups effectively provide to residential consumers will be reduced over 4 years.

 

Charges for trade-waste customers (those commercial customers who pay Watercare Services Ltd directly for treatment of trade waste) will be kept at $1.25/m³.

 

Charges for Beachlands & Maraetai will also increase to $500/year to help cover the operating costs of the Beachlands/Maraetai treatment plant. This will also be phased in over 4 years.

 

The council budgeted $5.6 million for the rail spur to the Manuau City Centre.

 

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau rates up 5.9%

Published 25 June 2007

Manukau City Council voted last week to increase rates by 5.9%, but mayor Sir Barry Curtis said that still left the city’s rates at the lowest in the region.

 

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau discovers 1700 properties not rated for extra dwellings

Published 21 May 2006


Manukau City Council has identified 1700 properties which have been undercharged about $1.6 million in rates because they have more than the single rated dwelling on them.



The under-rating surfaced in a regular council review.


Council chief financial officer Geoff Foster said: “We regularly review the database information to double-check that information such as additional dwellings are accounted for in the rates billing.


“These affected customers have added household units or flats, or ‘granny-flats’ to their properties and the rebilling will bring their rating in line with all other city ratepayers.”


Mr Foster said the 1700 ratepayers involved would be rated for the full amount for this year, but would be able to stage their payments. 


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Attribution: Council statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau council’s investment company raises airport stake above 10%

Published 29 January 2006


Manukau City Council’s Manukau City Investments Ltd bought 5 million Auckland International Airport Ltd shares on 20 January, taking its strategic holding to 10.1% on completion of the airport company’s share buyback.



The council set the investment company up last year as a council-controlled organisation to manage the council’s airport investment.


In welcoming the purchase, Mayor Sir Barry Curtis said “Securing a stake in excess of 10% is not only a sound and sensible investment; it also ensures that our stake in one of New Zealand’s most profitable companies is protected for the City as a whole.”


The airport was jointly owned by the Government & the Auckland region’s local bodies until 1988, when it was corporatised. It was listed in 1998 when the Government decided to dispose of its shares.


The Manukau council’s investment company held the view from its inception that it was strategically important to increase its shareholding from 9.55% to above the 10% threshold required to prevent compulsory acquisition in the event of a takeover.


The council agreed with the company’s advice and gave authorisation to buy the shares.


Mayor Sir Barry Curtis said: “This council has long recognised the enormous growth potential of the airport company and the advantages of long-term ownership.


“Whilst the other local authority shareholders, with the exception of Auckland City, opted for the immediate short term gain, Manukau City ratepayers have continued to benefit from this council’s decision to retain its shareholding.”


Auckland City Council sold half its shares in 2002, retaining 12.8%.


Earlier stories:


23 September 2005: Manukau council shifts Auckland Airport stake to council-controlled organisation


6 December 2002: Auckland City sells half its airport stake


 


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Attribution: Council statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau council shifts Auckland Airport stake to council-controlled organisation

Published 22 September 2005


Manukau City Council has set up a council-controlled organisation, Manukau City Investments Ltd, to hold its stake in Auckland International Airport Ltd.


The new company, incorporated on 9 September, holds 116.7 million shares in the airport company, a 9.55% stake worth $261.4 million.


Directors are John Brabazon, Stuart Henderson, Lomond Seel & Alistair Taylor.


Mr Brabazon, of Glendowie, is a former director of Bancorp NZ Ltd and current director of Brabazon Petroleum Ltd & several other companies.  Mr Henderson, of Warkworth, is a director of Asia-Pacific Risk Management Ltd, Etos Ltd & Leigh Fisheries Ltd. Mr Seel, of Howick, is a former director of Coromandel Meat Processors Ltd & related companies (wound up in 2002), TBNZ Ltd (Trust Bank). Mr Taylor, of Manukau, is a former director of Energy Brokers NZ Ltd.


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Auton to take Dale’s Manukau job

Published 9 September 2005


Leigh Auton will become Manukau City Council’s city manager-designate from Monday 12 September and will take over fully from retiring city manager Colin Dale on 1 April 2006.


 


City manager is the Manukau council’s version of a chief executive elsewhere.


 


The appointment will be confirmed at a council meeting this afternoon. Mr Auton is the council’s director of environmental services.


 


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Auton wins Manukau City chief executive role

Published 9 September 2005


Leigh Auton, 53, will become Manukau City Council’s chief executive-designate from Monday 12 September and will take over fully from retiring city manager Colin Dale on 1 April 2006.



Mr Auton said he’d adopt the title of chief executive rather than city manager, which his 2 predecessors had been called.


The appointment was confirmed at a council meeting this afternoon after a hiccup over process. Mr Auton has been the council’s director of environmental management since 1996, after joining the council as a planner in 1978 and becoming director of Manukau Environment in 1992.


He acquired his present role after a restructure in 1995 and said today a direct replacement for him wouldn’t be called because he was intending another organisational restructure.


However, transport manager Chris Freke would handle environmental management in the interim.


Changing senior executives is as rare an event as changing mayors for Manukau City. Since Manurewa Borough & Manukau County joined to form the city of about 70,000 people in 1965 it’s had only 3 mayors – Hugh Lambie for one term, Sir Lloyd Elsmore until 1983 and Sir Barry Curtis since then. Inaugural city manager Ron Wood held the job until 1985, when Colin Dale took over.


Mr Dale recounted today how the changeover had got a bit longer: “The council appointed me on the Thursday, Ron finished on the Friday and I started on the Monday.


“On the Friday I said to my predecessor, ‘Is there anything I should know?’ Oh, he said, come around in the morning and pick up the car. I did that and asked his wife, ‘Is Ron here?’ No, she said, he’s playing golf but he’s left the key.” Mr Auton, on the other hand, won’t take the reins over fully for another 7 months.


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