Ratepayers rally against Auckland Council
More than 9000 Auckland households are facing local council rates increases of over $1000 - but only a handful turned out to express their anger at the rises.
About 20 people gathered in Aotea Square today to take part in the Rates Rip-off Rally, including activist Penny Bright and Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer.
"Auckland is becoming a city which is only for the super rich or for the investor. We are giving nothing to those who have built our communities," councillor Christine Fletcher told the small crowd.
"It's time Auckland Council showed ratepayers some damn respect," centre-right mayoral candidate Stephen Berry said ahead of the protest.
Auckland Council is facing criticism after rate rises of more than 40 per cent were revealed last month.
More than 9000 households are facing increases of more than $1000 and one ratepayer has been hit with $1700, but many in west Auckland, Rodney and the Gulf islands are in line for a cut.
The subdued rally was a far cry from Saturday's anti-TPP protest which drew an estimated 10,000 people to Aotea Square.