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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What are your rates used for?    

A.  You'll find this detailed in our current long term plan links on right.

Q.  How the Council calculates your rates?   

A.  You find all the details in our current funding impact statement page 39 in the Annual Plan Document on right.

Q.  How to find out more about your property?

A.  We keep a detailed record of rating information for both Kaipara District and Northland Regional Councils. Use Property rates and information search on right find:

  • property details – valuation number, property address, land area
  • rates details – your account number, annual rates, previous years rates
  • valuation details – the date rates take effect, land value and capital value.

 Alternatively you can contact us at council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059.

Q.  How do I receive my rates?
A.  Rates are sent by post or email.  
Save yourself time and reduce waste, you can now choose to receive your rates notices (rates invoice and rates assessment notice) by email.  If you register for this option, you will no longer receive your rates notices through the post, instead it will come straight to your email inbox. Registration link on right

Q.  How do I change or update my address 
A.   You can change your address by completing the back or the rates remittance slip and posting it to us, or you can contact us at  council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059.
Q. When are my rates due?
A.  The rating year is 1st July to 30th June and is divided into four equal instalments, each invoiced separately.  Throughout the year, you will receive four rates invoices, one every three months.
    Instalment Number                                Due Date
  • Instalment One                                      20 August 2017
  • Instalment Two                                      20 November 2017
  • Instalment Three                                   20 February 2018
  • Instalment Four                                     20 May​ 2018

Q. Can I pay my rates in full?
A.  In accordance with section 55 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, which empowers councils to accept early payment of rates, Council will accept payment in full of all rates assessed in the current year on or before the due date for the first instalment of the year.  Early payment of rates will attract neither a discount, nor interest on the sum paid.
For information about Early Payment of Rates for Subsequent Years (Wastewater - Mangawhai Capital Contribution targeted rates A, D, E and F) see link on right.
Q. What is the penalty for unpaid rates?
Pursuant to sections 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the Council delegates the authority to the Revenue Manager and the Revenue Operations Officer to apply the following penalties on unpaid rates:

a)   A penalty of 10% of the rates assessed in the 2016/2017 financial year that are unpaid after the due date for each instalment will be added on the relevant penalty date for each instalment stated below, except where a ratepayer has entered into an arrangement by way of direct debit authority, or an automatic payment authority, and honours that arrangement. For each instalment the date the penalty will be added is as follows:
    Instalment Number                                Penalty Date
  • Instalment One                                      22 August 2017
  • Instalment Two                                      21 November 2017
  • Instalment Three                                   21 February 2018
  • Instalment Four                                     22 May​ 2018

b)    On 5 July 2017 you will also be charged a 10% penalty for any part of the rates from previous years that have not been paid by 3 July 2017 for KDC rates and 4 July 2017 for NRC rates; and

c)    . On 5 January 2018 an additional 10% will be added to any balance still remaining unpaid by 3 January 2018 for KDC rates and 4 January 2018 for NRC rates..
Q. How does a solicitor request rates information?
A. Please complete the online form, see link on the right.

Q.  How can I pay my land and/or water rates?

A.   Our bank account details are:

Account Name: Kaipara District Council
Bank: Bank of New Zealand
Account Number: 02-0308-0090743-07.
Please quote your valuationr number (land rates) or account number ( water rates) when making a payment

If you are paying from overseas:
Bank Swift Number

Bank IBAN Number   NZ020308009074307

 Payments can be made:.      

  1. By direct debit Our preferred method of payment for rates is by Direct Debit:  You can download forms on right, or contact Council for a form to be sent to you.
  2.  By online banking Account Number: 02-0308-0090743-07. Please quote your customer number or valuation number (rates only) when making a payment
  3. By telephone banking call Council for the details you need to pay your rates by telephone banking.
  4. By credit card online, MasterCard and Visa only The Bank of New Zealand charge you a convenience fee of 2.10% per transaction for this service (with a minimum fee of $1.00 per transaction).  To pay online see the link on right
  5. By automatic payment :  You can download the form on right or  Contact Council for a form to be sent to you.
  6. In person (EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, cheque or cash).  Payment of rates will be accepted during normal business hours at either of the two Council offices.
  7. By mail to: The Chief Executive. Kaipara District Council , Private Bag 92201, Auckland 1020

Any payments of rates due will be credited first to the oldest amounts due.

Q. Am I eligible for Rates rebate?

A. Refer to rates rebate entitlement scheme above.

Q.  What are the objectives for Rates remission and postponement schemes?

A.  Rate remission and postponement schemes are  to:

  • Provide financial assistance and support to ratepayers
  • Address rating anomalies
  • Address matters related to wastewater charges
  • Cover other objectives 
To find out more remission and financial hardship schemes see links on right.

Q.  When is my water meter read?
A.    Water meters are read and invoices sent on a six-monthly cycle.  The amount payable is due on the 20th of the month following the month that the invoice was dated.  Water meters are read and invoices for water used are sent to property owners every 6 months. The dates the meters are read will vary depending on your area. All water passing through your meter is chargeable. Water meter billing schedule.

Q.  What is the penalty for paying my water meter late?
A. Pursuant to section 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the Council delegates the authority to the Council Revenue Team to apply the following penalties on unpaid rates:
A penalty of 10% of the amount outstanding for water-by-meter rates charged under section 19(2)(b) of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 will be added on the day after the due date.
a)Water charges – metered properties
          A penalty of 10% of the amount outstanding for water‑by‑meter rates charged per invoice will be added on the relevant penalty date for each billing month and area stated below, except where a ratepayer has entered into an arrangement by way of direct debit authority, or an automatic payment authority, and honours that arrangement. For each billing month and area, the date the penalty will be added is as follows:
Billing month Area Penalty date

July 2017
January 2018
Dargaville (Hokianga Road and side streets) and Glinks Gully 22 August 2017
21 February 2018
August 2017
February 2018
Dargaville (Station and Beach Roads) and Mangawhare 21 September 2017
21 March 2018
September 2017
March 2018
Dargaville Township East 24 October 2017
23 April 2018
October 2017
April 2018
Dargaville (Awakino Road and Main Street) and Ruawai 21 November 2017
22 May 2018
November 2017
May 2018
Dargaville (Ranfurly, Plunket and Tirarau Streets) and Maungaturoto Railway; Maungaturoto Township, and Mangawhai 21 December 2017
21 June 2018
December 2017
June 2018
Dargaville (out of Borough - Kaihu etcetera), Awakino Point and Baylys 23 January 2018
23 July 2018
Q.  How can I get a final water meter reading?
A.  If you are selling your property, a final water meter reading should be arranged between your solicitor and Council before settlement.  There is a fee for this service, and you will also be billed for the water consumption up to the date of the final meter reading. Once the final water account has been processed, the water account will automatically be changed into the new owner’s name. View our final meter reading charges online or  council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059.
Q. Can I request a special water meter reading?
A.  Yes, You can request your water meter to be read at any time if required. There is a fee for this service, and an invoice will be sent to you. For more information please contact us, or to view our fee schedule on right or  council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059

Q.  What if I have a water leak?
A.  You can find out more about water leaks online see Excess water charges link on right or contact us at council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059.
Q.  Can I get my water connected or disconnected?
A.  If you wish your property to be connected or disconnected to the water supply please contact the Water team at council@kaipara.govt.nz or 0800 727 059.  Fees and charges for this service are listed online.

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Water rates direct debit form 

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Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 3123
Email: council@kaipara.govt.nz


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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