Auckland local boards hope to avoid closures to public facilities like toilets and playgrounds, says RNZ, as the boards seek to help Auckland Council slash its expenses. Ōrākei’s local board chair, Scott Milne, warns there are some tough decisions ahead. “All boards are having to take a really hard look at the assets that they’re responsible for, and making sure we’re making the best of them from a community point of view. These are pretty rugged times and I don’t think the city really appreciates how tight the fiscal situation is at the moment,” he said.