RNZ reports on Auckland Council’s proposal of a one-off 5 percent rates increase next year as part of its Covid-19 recovery plan. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says now is not the time to cut back on fixing the city’s infrastructure. “Without a suite of measures to counter the $1bn financial hole caused by Covid, our city will go backwards,” Goff said. “We don’t want a city full of potholes and unkempt parks, so we need to take more urgent action now.” Public consultation starts in February.