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Auckland Council plans an extra $600m to clean up Waitemata Harbour


Auckland Council is looking to spend a further $600 million to reduce diluted sewage pouring into Waitemata Harbour and onto inner city beaches nearly every time it rains.

The extra money will go to extending a massive new pipeline to reduce overflows and the separation of century-old pipelines carrying wastewater and stormwater.

The council's environment and community committee has given the green light to develop a $1.825 billion water quality programme for the new 10-year budget, $595m more than in the existing 10-year budget. See more