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Operating Expenditure

This profile shows the Council's actual operating expenditure by type and activity for the most recent financial year available. This information has been drawn from the Council’s Local Authority Financial Statistics as reported by Statistics New Zealand.

Operating expenditure

All figures in $000s, as at year ended 30 June 2012 - 2018.

Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand

Operating expenditure by activity 2018

All table figures in $000s, as at year ended 30 June 2018.

Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand


  1. All years presented are as at 30 June.
  2. The information has been prepared on an accrual basis.
  3. Values have been rounded to the nearest thousand $(000).
  4. Figures may not add to the total due to rounding.
  5. All values are GST exclusive.
  6. The Auckland Council was formed on 1 November 2010 with the amalgamation of the Auckland City, Auckland Regional, Franklin District, Manukau City, North Shore City, Papakura District, Rodney District and Waitakere City Councils. The financial year ending 30 June 2012 is the first full year for which financial data is available for the Council.
  7. Care should be taken when interpreting data over a time-series. Significant changes between years may, in part, be explained by changes to the Council's boundaries, population demographics, levels of service, governance structure and/or accounting methods.
  8. Statistics New Zealand collects this information from the annual Local Authority Census and from audited Annual Reports. While a validation process is applied by Statistics New Zealand to ensure consistency across these sources, variations in accounting treatment and the need for some estimation means that there can be differences with council reported data.
  9. The Department of Internal Affairs is not responsible for the currency or accuracy of this information. The Department of Internal Affairs disclaims and excludes all liability for any claim, loss, demand or damages of any kind whatsoever (including for negligence) arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this information.
  10. Visit the Statistics New Zealand website section regarding the Local Authority Financial Statistics (LAFS) for access to consolidated LAFS tables, accounting term definitions and further explanatory notes.

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