Water Rates

This page contains information about water rates.

Rates for 2024/2025 are on track to be confirmed one month later than usual at the end of July. This is due to a later than usual adoption of the Long Term Plan 2024 - 2027. If you usually receive your water rates bill in July, you can expect your water rates invoice in mid-August alongside your general rates bill. See more information about what this could mean for you. 

Can I get my water connected or disconnected?

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.

Can I request a special water meter reading?

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 contact us.

Special water meter readings cannot be processed before adoption of the Long Term Plan 2024 – 2027. We will arrange for special water reads however can cannot invoice these until rates are confirmed for 2024/2025. We will respond to requests for special meter readings from 1 August 2024 in the order requests are received.

How can I get a final water meter reading?

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 contact us.

How does a solicitor request rates information?

By utilising the Solicitors Settlement Request Form.

What if I have a water leak?

You can find out more about water leaks here.

What is the penalty for paying my water rates late?

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 and honours that arrangement.

For each billing month and area, the date the penalty will be added is as follows:

Billing month Area Due Date Penalty Date
July 2023
January 2024
Dargaville (Hokianga Road and side streets) and Glinks Gully   
20 August 2023  
20 February 2024
21 August 2023
21 February 2024
August 2023
February 2024
Dargaville (Station and Beach Roads) and Mangawhare
20 September 2023    
20 March 2024
21 September 2023
21 March 2024
September 2023  
March 2024   
Dargaville Township East
20 October 2023
20 April 2024
21 October 2023
21 April 2024
October 2023
April 2024
Dargaville (Awakino Road and main street) and Ruawai
20 November 2023
20 May 2024
21 November 2023
21 May 2024
November 2023 
May 2024
Dargaville (Ranfurly, Plunket and Tirarau Streets,
Maungaturoto Railway, Maungaturoto Township, and Mangawhai   
20 December 2023
20 June 2024
21 December 2023
21 June 2024
December 2023
June 2024
North Dargaville to Kaihu, Awakino Point and Baylys Beach
20 January 2024
20 July 2024
21 January 2024
21 July 2024



When is my water meter read?

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.