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District revaluation under way

 
This page contains information about the required revaluation of all properties in our District.
Updated: 8/11/2018 3:33 p.m.

​Every three years Whangarei District Council is required to value all the properties in our District. The last general revaluation was in 2015 so a new one is being carried out now.

Our District’s valuations are conducted by an independent valuation company, Opteon and are audited by the Valuer General. Opteon was appointed as the new valuation service provider mid last year and they have been gearing up for this year’s triennial valuation since then.

Opteon provides valuation services to a number of Councils in Australia and New Zealand, including Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Rotorua, Taupo, South Waikato and Auckland (Rodney District).

“Opteon has staff and offices located in Whangārei. However, Council will be the people to contact if there are any questions about valuations, not the valuers directly – as was the case in the past,” said Council’s Revenue Manager Alison Puchaux.

“Opteon uses recent property sales data, resource/building consent and survey data along with carrying out sample inspections to establish an updated view of values across our District. Opteon valuers are now out in our District visiting some of these properties and will usually leave behind a calling card if no one is present when they visit.

“We will be providing information, over the weeks to come, on our website and in our weekly Council News pages, explaining what revaluation is all about, how the valuations are used and how to challenge a valuation.”

Property owners will receive their new valuations notices at the beginning of November 2018.

These valuations will be based on the property market conditions as at 1 August 2018. These values will be used to calculate rates from 1 July 2019.

Any change in your property’s values does not mean that your rates will increase or decrease by the amount of this change, as property revaluations don’t affect the total amount of rates collected by Council. Instead, these valuations help us work out everyone’s share of the rates.

Anyone who has any questions about the revaluation or Opteon is welcome to call our team at Council – either 09 430 4200 or 0800 932 4636 (0800 WDCINFO).

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