How is the Council funded?
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 rating policy provides that rates will be 'targeted and differentiated'. This means that you will pay a different amount depending on where you live and the value of your property.
Your regional rate is made up of four components:
- Fixed, targeted environmental rate:
– goes towards environmental planning, issuing resource consents and providing public education and advice.
- Targeted land management rate:
- goes towards the cost of activities that have a direct impact on the land like pest control, river management and biosecurity.
- Targeted Awanui River flood management rate:
- contributes to flood protection in the Awanui river catchment area.
- Fixed targeted Northland regional recreation facilities rate:
– contribution to the regional events centre and other recreational facilities in Northland.
External revenue comes from:
- Charges to people for services we carry out - like resource consents and monitoring;
- Government funding - mainly for transport projects; and
- Income from investments - includes port dividends and rental income from commercial properties.
Who collects my regional rates?
Your local District Council (Whāngārei, Kaipara or Far North) collects regional rates on our behalf. This keeps rate-collecting costs down.
What payment methods are available?
The due date and payment methods will be those provided by your district council when they send your rates assessment.
Rating information for the Whāngārei District
We have produced a brochure providing information on the Northland Regional Council rates for ratepayers in the Whāngārei District.
Download the Whāngārei District's regional rates brochure for 2013-2014 (272KB)