26 Candidates have signed the 2% Ratepayer Protection Pledge.

The list of candidates who have signed the Ratepayer Protection Pledge has been e-mailed to me by the the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance.  The pledge prevents those candidates from voting for any measures which increase the total average burden of rates, levies, and other compulsory Council charges, more than 2% per annum.

To date, 25 candidates have agreed to sign the pledge. Those who have agreed to keep levy or rate hikes under 2% include all Communities and Residents candidates, and four mayoral candidates.

Although Auckland Future candidates have confirmed that they will not be signing our pledge, they insist that their own pledge achieves the same outcomes. Albany candidate Lisa Whyte said their pledge is ‘complementary to yours’ and that they are ‘committed to the same values’. Whilst disappointed Auckland Future candidates are not signing, we anticipate them holding fast to their assurances that they will limit annual rates increases to an average of no more than 2% and honour their own pledge.

List of candidates who are on board:


  • Mark Thomas
  • John Palino
  • Stan Martin
  • Binh Thanh Nguyen


Albany Ward

  • John Watson
  • Wayne Walker


  • Christine Fletcher
  • Benjamin Lee
  • Greg McKeown
  • Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor


  • Dick Quax
  • Sharon Stewart
  • Ian Colin Ireland

North Shore

  • Grant Gillon
  • John Hill


  • Desley Simpson


  • Greg Sayers
  • Steven Garner
  • Holly Southernwood


  • John Riddell
  • David Rankin

Waitematā and Gulf

  • Mike Lee
  • Bill Ralston
  • Rob Thomas


  • Anne Degia-Pala
  • Duncan MacDonald

*Source: The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

  • sheppy

    Grant Gillian will be getting my vote as he seems to be one of the few who is visible between elections and seems to be resisting councils desire to concrete over every piece of open space

  • Carl

    I’m not in Auckland but to me there is a difference between agreeing to sign the pledge and actually signing it. I would want to see the signatures before I voted.

  • XCIA

    It all sounds nice, but history shows that once elected their consciences, promises and frugality all seem to jump out the window and run for the hills. I think the immortal words of Victor Meldrew are very apt here – “I don’t believe it”.

  • duve

    The fact that Watson and Walker have signed this pledge makes me laugh. I have communicated with this pair during the current term and while they have had plenty of opportunities to show their disapproval of Len’s spending policies, they chose not to do so. If Goff gets in they will simply fold and vote for what he wants, pledge or no pledge. They won’t get my vote.

    • Nechtan

      Didn’t Waston and Walker vote against the no confidence vote that was tabled against Len Brown?

  • LesleyNZ

    John Watson and Wayne Walker have no intention of saving ratepayers money let alone sticking to a 2% rate increase. This May 2015 Stuff story proves it. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/80139465/glyphosate-spraying-in-auckland-to-continue-councillors-upset “Albany councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker want to restore funding for non-chemical weed control…” Non-chemical control is very expensive and ineffective. If you live in the Albany area don’t vote for these two.
    EDIT: And if anyone happens to see these two out and about please update them on the latest about glyphosate. Both NZ EPA and the WHO are now saying that it is unlikely that glyphosate causes cancer.

  • BigNose

    I seem to recall Brown promised some sort of maximum to rates rises during the 2013 elections. Lies, damn lies, and politicians seeking election.