Local government estimates councils have lost up to $1 billion since the Covid-19 crisis began. Local Government NZ president Dave Cull told Andrew Dickens Auckland Council alone is in the hole by half a billion dollars. "It is huge, it is enormous, and Auckland is a council that depends more than most on non-rate income, so there's will be a really big hit." Cull says the councils have lost a lot of funding even before their rates have come out and a lot of ratepayers are in a depressed state. He says that the cost to councils is continuing, and that if they don't spend the money they do have, there will just be more job losses. "Councils are in a pretty dire position."