Ratepayers Alliance want Councillors to sign pledge

Tuesday last week Jo Holmes from the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance was interviewed on Paul Henry regarding the Council’s $27 million Auckland ratepayers may now have to pay to fix the Council’s headquarters. The Auckland Ratepayers Alliance have created a ratepayers pledge to discover which of the council candidates will not increase ratepayer debt and which candidates will only support democratically elected statutory members.


Looking towards the Local Body Elections in October this year the Ratepayers’ Alliance are currently planning our campaign to defeat those Councillors who supported Len Brown’s 9.9% rates hike. We want new Councillors elected who stand for affordable rates and sensible spending.

One of our key tasks will be identifying candidates who are willing to sign our “Ratepayers Pledge.” We need to ensure all Auckland ratepayers can identify the candidates who stand with us.

The Ratepayers’ Pledge, which we will be asking all candidates to sign, is:

I _______________ pledge that:

  1. I will not vote for any budget measure which increases total rates (including levies) above the rate of inflation. 
  2. I will not vote for any budget measure which increases the Council’s net debt. 
  3. I will support any measures which promote democracy and prevent unelected Maori statutory board members from having voting rights on Council committees except where required by law.

The reason for the pledge is to identify who is with us, and who isn’t. We want to deliver “how to vote guides” to households listing the candidates who have signed the pledge.

-Ratepayers Alliance e-mail

That how to vote guide sounds very useful. I do appreciate the Ratepayers Alliance doing the research for us. I look forward to receiving it.



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  • Raibert

    Great stuff, getting commitment to this and publishing those who sign is a really positive step. We also need to have clear policy statements from candidates on issues like opening up more land for housing.

    • noble kiwi

      I would not vote for a candidate for mayor who has not signed the pledge.

  • Muffin

    Problem is People like Len brown are liars and will sign it regardless of their plans while in office… Not to mention comfortable that they can’t be fired anyway.

    • Raibert

      Yep, we need to make recall legislation an issue for next years national elections.

  • Aucky

    I won’t be voting for any candidate who has not signed this pledge. It’s extremely important as it’s odds on that Goff will be the next mayor and if that’s the case we need councillors that will control him and not be bribed with lucrative committee chair positions.

  • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

    I have only just started thinking about the conditions I would require to be included in the pledge and the how to vote guides.

    Crikey it brings back memories of the old Auckland White Pages in size.

  • Stephen Berry

    What’s the definition of increasing net debt?

    I would think it appropriate to borrow money that will fund infrastructure connections to new construction if the subsequent increase in rates income to used to pay this off.