27 Mar 2014

Auckland Council to pay lawyers' fees

3:09 pm on 27 March 2014

The Auckland Council has voted to pay $400,000 in lawyers' fees to cover legal action started against it by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

The trust was suing the council's Amenities Funding Board over how it allocates money.

The trust says it has been dealing with consistent funding cuts for more than five years.

However, the trust dropped its legal action after a statement from Auckland mayor Len Brown, saying he would get rid of the Amenities Funding Board, and look to pay the trust's financial shortfall.

At a full council meeting on Thursday, the council voted to cover the board's lawyers' fees.