The Government released its official response to the Auckland Council's 30 year plan earlier this month.  The Auckland Plan, a blueprint for addressing the Auckland Council's longer-term priorities across the areas of housing, transport, economic growth, heritage, and social and environmental action, was approved by Auckland Councillors in March this year. 

Local Government Minister David Carter said that as a whole the Council has moved towards greater alignment with the Government's priorities, across areas such as economic development, arts, culture and heritage, Māori development, and recreation and sport.  He expressed some concern over the affordability and effectiveness of the Council's transport strategy, its proposals for addressing quality affordable housing in Auckland, and the alignment of its approach with the Government's ten Better Public Services results areas.

Mr Carter said that the Government will continue to work with Auckland Council to address these issues and achieve closer alignment between their priorities. The official Government response document can be found here.