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Rates Structure Review

This page contains information about the process set in place to review our Rates Structure.
Updated: 6/10/2017 2:25 p.m.

The Rates Structure Review is the review of the way we structure our overall rating system to share the rating burden among all ratepayers. It is not about how much money we get from rates.

The rating review will cover:

  • General Rates (including the use of Land Value versus Capital Value) 
  • The use and definition of Separately Used or Inhabited Part of a rating unit 
  • Stepped Rates 
  • Sector Splits 
  • Targeted Rates 
  • Remission and Postponement Policies

The way in which we structure our rates effects every ratepayer, so it’s important to find out as much as we can about what people think works with the current system and any suggested changes that could be made. 

We will be gathering your views and suggestions for improvement by conducting a number of meetings during May 2017.    

The public agendas and briefings we have had to date are listed below, click on the link to download a PDF copy.

Finance and Corporate Services   [pdf:4.5mb]
Meeting 23 February 2017 (Item 7: Proposed Rates Review – Process, Scope and Options)

Finance and Corporate Services 30 March 2017 [pdf:4.1mb]
(Item 6: Recommended Process and Timing of Proposed Rates Structure Review)

Briefing – General Overview to Rating - 5 April 2017 [pdf:1.4mb]

Briefing – Rating Structure Review - 11 April 2017 [pdf:1.2mb]

Briefing - Rating Structure Review - 19 September 2017 [pdf:5.1mb]

You can also view the Rates Brochure by clicking on the link below:

Rates Brochure

Public meetings wereheld on:

  • Monday 1 May: Forum North, 6pm 
  • Tuesday 2 May: Kamo Bowling Club (Main Hall), 6pm
  • Thursday 4 May: Onerahi Bowling Club, 6pm
  • Tuesday 9 May:  Ruakaka Recreation Centre, 6pm 

To view the slides that were presented to residents at public meetings click on the following link.

We have also created a short rates video of how rates work in the Whangarei District.  This video was shown at the public meetings held in May. To view our rates video click on the link below. (It contains two technical errors but in general terms it makes a complicated picture quite simple)
(One billion dollars is incorrectly stated as $10,000,000,000 and 2 cents is incorrectly stated as $0.002.  These errors will be corrected, but in the meantime they do not detract from the overall information provided in the video).

Rates Video

 People can also look at our briefing papers on our website or at libraries and customer service centres in Forum North and our Ruakaka office. 

If you were unable to attend a public meeting, you can email your feeback to us. Please email mailroom@wdc.govt.nz with the subject line of Rating Review.



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