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 rates are 'targeted' and some are 'differentiated'. This means that for some rates you will pay a different amount depending on where you live and the value/size 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. A summary of the different rates (which apply to different ratepayers depending on where they live) is displayed in the graphic below and listed in the breakdown summary below.
Council services rate
This rate funds a wide range of activities including: planning, consents and monitoring; governance and engagement; economic development; customer services, transport, harbour safety and oil pollution control; corporate services and other activities.
Land management rate
This rate funds land management activities that have a direct relationship to land, such as erosion control and landowner advice.
Freshwater management rate
This rate funds activities to improve freshwater quality in local waterways, such as water quality monitoring and water allocation.
Pest management rate
This rate funds pest plant and animal management activities on land and in the water, and supports community-led pest control projects.
Flood infrastructure rate
This rate fully or partially funds the development of flood protection infrastructure and other minor river works in communities across Northland.
Civil defence and hazard management rate
This rate funds civil defence emergency management and natural hazard management activities.
Emergency services rate
This rate provides funding for organisations whose primary purpose is to save lives that are in immediate or critical danger, or to respond to serious injury.
Find out more about the emergency services rate
Regional sporting facilities rate
This rate contributes funds towards the development of sporting facilities across Northland that are of regional benefit.
Regional infrastructure rate
This rate funds activities relating to the development and/or completion of infrastructure projects in Northland.
Whangārei transport rate
This rate helps fund Whangārei district’s public bus service, Total Mobility services and other public transport services.
Far North transport rate
This rate helps fund the Far North district’s public bus service and other public transport services.
River management rates
Various river management rates are collected to fully or partially fund the development of flood protection infrastructure in communities across Northland. Refer to the council’s Long Term Plan and the regional rates brochures below for further information on the targeted river rates collected by council.
Who collects my regional rates?
Your local district council (Whangārei, Kaipara or Far North) collects regional rates on our behalf. This keeps rate-collection costs down.
What payment methods are available?
The due dates and payment methods are listed on your rates assessment sent to you by your district council.
Northland Regional Council has adopted policies on the remission and postponement of rates and penalties, and the early payment of rates that are consistent with your local district council’s policies.
Remission involves reducing the amount owing or waiving collection of rates and penalties altogether.
Postponement means that the payment of rates and penalties is delayed for a certain time, or until certain events occur.
You may be eligible for rates remission or postponement if you or your property meets certain criteria. To view the full policies, go to the council policies section.
Information on instalment dates, penalties and discounts can be found on your rates assessment.
Rating information for each district
We have produced a brochure providing information on the Northland Regional Council rates for ratepayers in each district.
- Far North district's regional rates brochure (PDF, 670KB)
- Kaipara district's regional rates brochure (PDF, 560KB)
- Whangārei district's regional rates brochure (PDF, 570KB)