The low level of funding for south Auckland playgrounds has been called out, Stuff reports. Auckland’s 21 local boards each receive a pot of money for ‘locally driven initiatives’ as well as a much larger ‘asset-based services’ (ABS) operational fund. According to analysis conducted by Auckland Council, Manurewa has the largest funding shortfall of any board based on its population and community needs. The local board areas of Henderson-Massey, Waitematā and Howick receive the largest amounts of ABS funding, ranging from $26 to $27.5 million, while the South Auckland local boards of Manurewa, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu and Ōtara-Papatoetoe receive $14 million, $14 million and $17 million respectively.
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