About

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is coalition of individual Aucklanders and ratepayer groups dedicated to championing prudent fiscal management of our Super City

We are a group of concerned citizens and organisations that want an end to Auckland Council's persistent rate hikes and culture of wasteful spending. We have formed the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance to encourage like-minded groups and individuals to join forces to provide a strong check and balance on Len Brown, his Council and officials.

Jo Holmes - Spokesperson

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  • Email: jo@ratepayers.nz
  • Web: www.joholmes.com
  • Bio: Our Spokesperson is Jo Holmes. Jo was the Deputy Chair of the first Waiheke Local Board under the Auckland Super City and recently Chaired the Waiheke Businesswomens’ Group. Jo has no political party affiliations.
  • "It's time Auckland Council started to worry less about expansion into new roles and more about who's paying the bills."

     

Carmel Claridge - Volunteers Coordinator

Carmel Claridge
  • Email: carmel@ratepayers.nz
  • Bio: Our Volunteers Coordinator is Carmel Claridge. Carmel has lived in Auckland for over 30 years and is extensively involved in local community projects. She has a background in Law and Property Management. She is passionate about ensuring Auckland is a great city to live in for everyone - not just a fortunate few.
  • "It is unfair for residential ratepayers to have to shoulder the burden of paying for a spendthrift Council and the growth of a city they may be unable to afford to live in."
Auckland Council’s 130 spin doctors make it very difficult to hold the Council to account. We need you to join to ensure there is a strong watchdog for the Council's spending.

Q&A

Who is behind the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance?

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is an initiative of the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union and its Auckland members. The Taxpayers’ Union is a politically independent group championing low taxes and less government waste.

The Ratepayers' Alliance was formed because we believe that Auckland needs a dedicated organisation standing up for ratepayers and holding the Council to account for its wasteful spending and high rates. 

Who can join the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance?

Membership is free and open to all Auckland ratepayers. Click here to become a member.

What are the aims of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance? 

The aims of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance are to:

  • reduce wasteful Council spending;
  • increase transparency and accountability of those funded by ratepayers;
  • increase institutional checks on the Council;
  • enable Aucklanders to easily scrutinise Council spending; 
  • lower the rates burden; and
  • promote evidence-based public policy. 

Are any of those involved previous office-holders or organisers for Auckland Citizens and Ratepayers?

No.

Are any of those involved previous office-holders or organisers for Auckland Future?

No.

Will the Ratepayers’ Alliance develop into a ticket, or campaign for a candidate(s) for Mayor or Council?

No.