We’re concerned that councillors seem not to be listening to us. We want to see Council spending focussed right now on BASIC NEEDS, with climate change mitigation at the forefront, and then housing, infrastructure, roads, sewers etc – and keeping rates low –– not nice-to-haves such as a new library and precinct.

A few facts on Council's proposed spending:

5.9% or MORE

rates increase ADDED ON EVERY YEAR for the next 10 years:

so 5.9% + 5.9% + 5.9% and so on (and could be increased by council at any time)

Means a $291 MILLION DEBT after the 10 years

WE THINK this is outrageous. Council should be focused on core issues. as stated above.  And with so many homeless, so many poor, so many struggling to pay rent or mortgages- many residents will struggle to pay anywhere near this kind of increase. And the increase is due to Councillors voting for ‘nice-to-have’ projects which many residents DO NOT WANT until community needs have been prioritised, and until we can afford these ‘nice-to-haves’. Read the details on where our money has been going, below!

So what’s causing this huge blowout?

or should we say WHO…?

This current Council have approved all of this:

1.  The proposed new library

$44 MILLION and increasing


This is yet another ‘nice-to-have’- we don’t NEED this, nor do the councillors — not at this point in time. FOCUS ON THE BASICS!

Council were warned as far back as 2020 by a geologist and climate change communicator that it would be an expensive mistake to build new offices as planned beside the Maitai River, in a zone subject to sea level rise.

2.  NCC Council building “refurbishment”: 



This is yet another ‘nice-to-have’- we don’t NEED this, nor do the councillors — not at this point in time. FOCUS ON THE BASICS!

3. Stormwater now over budget by



Yet another budget blowout. Does Council need to revise the    management system for overseeing costs of big ticket items like this?

4.  CLOAK sculpture

over $100,000


(moved to Greenmeadows AND now only half the size!) We think Council could be using our money much more judiciously.. was this a a waste, or do you think it was a wise spend?.

5. Bridge St/Hardy St REVAMP



this will be with 35% less parking; only 100 residents now, Council estimates 2000.  Much careful thinking, costing and planning needed before anything is spent on this.

And yet again… what about rising sea levels?

6.  Saltwater swimming pool at Wakefield Quay



This would yet another ‘nice-to-have’- we don’t NEED this, nor do the councillors — not at this point in time. And what about parking? And rising sea levels –  FOCUS ON THE BASICS!

6.  Science and Technology Precinct at Port Nelson, adjoining the proposed site of the Cawthron Institute laboratory

‘Project initiation funding’ (already approved by councillors for payment this year)



Released from confidential session, March 19 2021:
Council “agrees that the decision to allocate $1.5 million funding is of moderate significance… and as such there is no requirement to carry out consultation.”

YET AGAIN – no consultation. So much is done behind closed doors under Rachel Reese as mayor, despite election claims of “Full transparency”.

7.  Rates increases of 5.9% compounded for next 10 years so total of over 70%



Ratepayers simply cannot afford to pay these amounts. So many ratepayers are struggling financially already- do many of the Councillors not realise this?

What can we do?

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