“People that live in the centre of the city have got State Highways, they’ve got huge car parks, they’ve got malls,” said Bailey.
“We’ve got to travel 30km round trip to get a bottle of milk. There’s a perception that we’re not getting a fair shake.”
LGNZ has welcomed the strong public appetite for funding tools that go beyond rates.
“I think the survey supports a diversification of funding for councils,” said Sam Broughton, president of LGNZ.
The survey also found that, despite Auckland Council pushing ahead with plans for congestion charging in a few years’ time, more than half of the respondents – 65 percent – did not think it’s a fair way of charging for road use at peak times.
However, Aucklanders were more likely to think it’s fair than those from other parts of the country.
“I think that’s because Aucklanders are used to the scourge of putting up with congestion day after day,” said Cooper.