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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.


A new rating model reflecting Council’s goal of a less complex system that is affordable and appropriate was adopted by councillors at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday 12 January.

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We want your feedback

As part of our rates review we have invited 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.

Proposed Rating Model

Councillors met on Tuesday December 22 to deliberate on the Rates Review proposal and resolved to maintain the following factors from the statement of proposal:

  • Create a new General Rate (capital value)
  • Move 10% of the water, wastewater, stormwater and waste management rates to the General Rate.
  • Move 50% of the Uniform Annual General Charge to the General Rate.
  • Simplify to four General Rate differentials (subject to further investigation)

They also passed a resolution to further investigate adjusting the differential factors applied to the Capital Value based General Rate. This could see variations to the proposal with forestry moving from 3.32 to 4.0 and rural dropping from 1.0 to 0.8 and the commercial sector (1.6) and residential (1.0) remaining the same.

This model reduces the adverse impact on the rural sector and could include the possibility of an additional differential for high value residential rating units.

Another Extraordinary Council meeting will be held at 1.30pm on Tuesday January 12, 2021.

Pre-Engagement (September - October 2020)

During pre-engagement, Council asked the following five questions.

Should those with more pay more?

Should those with more pay more?

Should industries pay for the damage to roads?

Should industries 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


We have had a number of community workshops during September and October as part of the pre-engagement period.

Public Consultation

The Engagement Plan below outlines all the community meetings and caravan sessions we've had during the public consultation period. We thank everybody that came to say hello and gave us their feedback.

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

Submissions for the Rates Review have now closed.

Hearings on oral submissions were held on Tuesday December 15 & Wednesday December 16.

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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