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Rates Review

Wairoa District Council is engaging with the community to look at the distribution of rates across the entire district.

We want your feedback

As part of our rates review we are inviting people to be part of the process. Reviewing the distribution of Wairoa’s rates is a big task and ensuring our community has a voice and is listened to is important to us.

The key objectives are that our rating system is SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE and APPROPRIATE.

Wairoa District Council is engaging with the community to look at the distribution of rates across the entire district.

Pre-Engagement (September - October 2020)

During pre-engagement, Council has been asking the following five questions. Please provide feedback if you wish during the pre-engagement phase.

Should those with more pay more?

Should those with more pay more?

Should forestry pay for the damage to roads?

Should forestry pay for the damage to roads?

Should everyone contribute for those struggling the most?

Should everyone contribute for those struggling the most?

Should we all pay for the benefits of water and wastewater in the general rate?

Should we all pay for the benefits of water and wastewater in the general rate?

Should we reduce the fixed rate portion of the rates?

Should we reduce the fixed rate portion of the rates?

Period of Consultation

Pre-Engagement

We have had a number of community workshops, including:

  • Wednesday September 9, 5pm - 7pm | Wairoa War Memorial Hall
  • Wednesday September 30, 6pm - 7pm | Mokotahi Hall, Mahia
  • Thursday October 1, 6pm - 7pm | Wairoa War Memorial Hall

Public Consultation

The pre-engagement phase will be followed by formal public consultation from the start of November 2020 to the start of December 2020. Have a look at the Proposed Engagement Plan below. Please note that these dates are proposed and are subject to change. Any updates will be published here as soon as possible.

Week 1 - Community Meetings
  • Wednesday November 4, 5.30pm - 7.30pm | Mokotahi Hall, Mahia
  • Thursday November 5, 5.30pm - 7.30pm | Wairoa War Memorial Hall
Week 2 - Caravan Sessions
  • Monday November 9, 2pm - 5pm | Osler's Bakery, Wairoa
  • Tuesday November 10, 10am - 2pm | Eastend Cafe, Wairoa
  • Wednesday November 11, 10am - 2pm | BJ's Dairy, Frasertown
  • Thursday November 12, 10am - 2pm | River Parade, North Clyde
  • Friday November 13, 10am - 2pm | Mokotahi Hall, Mahia
Week 3 - Caravan Sessions
  • Monday November 16, 2pm - 5pm | Sunset Point, Mahia
  • Wednesday November 18, 10am - 2pm | Nuhaka Shop, Nuhaka
  • Thursday November 19, 10am - 2pm | Whakamarino Lodge, Tuai
  • Friday November 20, 10am - 2pm | Hauora Building, Raupunga
Week 4 - Community Meetings
  • Tuesday November 24, 5.30pm - 7.30pm | Wairoa Taiwhenua
  • Thursday November 26, 5.30pm - 7.30pm | Wairoa Taiwhenua

Those who make a written submission may choose to make an oral submission. Hearings of oral submissions are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 15 December 2020 and Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Please indicate on your submission form if you wish to speak to your submission.

Rates Rebate

Do you qualify for a Rates Rebate?

The purpose of the Rates Rebate Scheme is to provide a subsidy to low income home owners on the cost of their rates. The maximum rebate for this rating year is $655. Click here for more information.

You must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2020. The deadline for applications is 30 June, 2021.

You may apply for a rates rebate by returning a completed application form to the Council's Administration Offices - Queen Street, Wairoa. Just click the button below.

Apply for a rates rebate

More Information

If you have any questions about this review or the submission process please contact us on +64 6 838 7309.

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