Ever wondered where you rates money is going?

Many Auckland homeowners spend plenty of time questioning how much they pay in rates and exactly what they get in exchange for their hard-earned cash.

This week the Herald takes at look at where the $1.9 billion paid in the last financial year was spent - and where the money to top up the rest of the city's spending came from.

The five-day series drills down into seven key spending areas and covers everything from transport, water and parks to the fight against kauri dieback disease, improvements to Auckland Zoo and gearing