19 Aug 2009

Aucklanders don't want assets sold, survey finds

8:05 pm on 19 August 2009

A vast majority of Aucklanders say they do not want to see the planned super-city council sell off significant regional assets, a survey has found.

The poll conducted by UMR Research shows 85% of Aucklanders questioned oppose selling water supply assets to private companies and 82% of those polled do not want things like parks, libraries and recreational facilities sold.

The idea of getting rid of transport assets such as the port and airport was opposed by 78% of respondents.

The survey also shows 26% of Aucklanders only want the new super council to be responsible for core services like water, roads and rubbish collection.

But 67% think it should provide services like pensioner housing, cultural festivals, and environmental initiatives.

The poll was conducted last week and canvassed 240 residents in the super-city area. It has a margin of error of 6.3 percentage points.