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Goff wants more govt money for Auckland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/10/2016

Auckland's infrastructure shortfall over the next 10 years is around $17 billion and the government must "come to the party" if the housing shortage is going to be fixed, the city's new mayor says.

Phil Goff, elected in a landslide on Saturday, says the government's $1b infrastructure fund that's going to be spread across five centres isn't nearly enough.

He's planning to talk to Finance Minister Bill English about that and says he's be asking for "a realistic sum" that acknowledges the fact that there's more growth in Auckland than the rest of New Zealand's cities put together.

Prime Minister John Key isn't promising anything.

"This government hasn't been shy about pouring money into infrastructure across the country and we're going to continue to invest at a very heavy rate," he told RNZ.

"But Phil does need to sit back and say `let's have a fair discussion with government, but what can local government do'."

Mr Key says Auckland will get "a reasonably significant chunk" of the $1b.

He's not keen on two of Mr Goff's proposals - a regional petrol tax to pay for roading and a 15 per cent tax on foreign home buyers.

Mr Key says a petrol tax that's just for Auckland is "very unlikely" and he still has to be convinced a tax on foreign buyers would be effective.

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