The spending priorities of the Auckland Council are being challenged in the face of rates rises facing the city's residents.
New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams is critical of the council's plans to be considering buying a new building in the city centre as its headquarter offices.
The former North Shore mayor claims around $200 million could be spent on the project, all without public consultation.
Mr Williams says the costs haven't been disclosed in the council's long term plan and the spending comes at a time when many ratepayers face massive rate hikes.
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