Our work is funded by a mix of rates and external revenue.
Every year we assess our work programmes and decide on the level of rates required (within the context of a 10-year plan).
Our rates are 'targeted' and some are 'differentiated'. This means that you will pay a different amount depending on where you live and the value of your property.
A full and detailed breakdown of the regional rates charged by council (and who is affected) can be found in council's Long Term Plan and Annual plan. A summary of the different rates (which apply to different ratepayers depending on where they live) are listed below:
Council Service Rate
Goes towards environmental planning, education, public advice, the 'public good' elements of issuing resource consents, environmental monitoring, regional advocacy, and transport planning.
Land Management Rate
Goes toward land and river management planning, emergency management, and land biosecurity activities (including pest control) and other activities which have direct impact on, and relationship to, land.
Regional Recreational Facilities Rate
Goes towards repaying a $13 million one-off contribution for the Northland Events Centre at Okara Park.
Regional Infrastructural Rate
Goes towards activities relating to the development and/or completion of infrastructure projects including the Marsden Point Rail Link project.
Emergency Services Rate
Provides a contestable funding pool for eligible organisations whose primary purpose is to save lives that are in immediate or critical danger or respond to serious injury within Northland.
Whangārei Transport rate
Helps fund the bus service and the Total Mobility service provided in the Whangārei district.
Whangārei Heads Pest Management Rate
To target pests which threaten kiwi and to eradicate selected weeds on private land in the Whangārei Heads area.
Kaitaia Transport rate
Helps fund the bus service in the Kaitāia/Mangōnui/Ahipara area.
Rivers Management Rates
Various river management rates are collected to fund flood risk reduction projects throughout the Northland. Refer to councils Long Term Plan and Annual Plan for further information on the targeted river rates collected by council.
Your local District Council (Whangārei, Kaipara or Far North) collects regional rates on our behalf. This keeps rate-collecting costs down.
The due dates and payment methods are listed on your rates assessment sent to you by your district council.
We have produced a brochure providing information on the Northland Regional Council rates for ratepayers in the Whangārei District.