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
This rate funds environmental planning and monitoring, regional information and education, pollution control,
harbour safety, economic development, democracy and corporate services, transport, and other activities.
Land Management Rate
This rate funds land and river management planning, Civil Defence and emergency management, minor river
works, plant and animal pest control, and other activities relating directly to the land.
Emergency Services Rate
This rate provides a contestable funding pool for eligible organisations whose primary purpose is to save lives
that are in immediate or critical danger or responding to serious injury.
Regional Infrastructural Rate
This rate is used for activities relating to the development and/or completion of infrastructure projects, including the Marsden Point Rail Link.
Regional Recreational Facilities Rate
This rate is used to repay the regional council’s contribution to the Northland Events Centre at Okara Park.
Whangārei Transport rate
This rate helps fund Whangärei’s public bus and Total Mobility services.
Whangārei Heads Pest Management Rate
This is used to target pests that threaten kiwi and eradicate selected weeds on private land in the area. It
is paid only by those in and around Whangärei Heads.
Kaitaia Transport rate
Helps fund the bus service in the Kaitāia/Mangōnui/Ahipara area.
River 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.