How to Pay Your Rates

Rates payments

We understand it may not be possible for you to pay your rates on time. Late payment penalties will be applied later than usual – from 6 March 2023, but please email us at to discuss any payment arrangement that you might need.  If you need welfare assistance, please contact 09 439 1111. The MSD may also be able to help. Find out what support is available via the link below.

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This page contains information about general and targeted rates, and how your rates are calculated.

Our preferred method is Direct Debit, or via the online portal in the top left of the window. 


How can I pay my rates?

Pay Online

Our bank account details are:

Account Name: Kaipara District Council
Bank: Bank of New Zealand
Account Number: 02-0308-0090743-07

If you are paying:

  • Land rates - please quote your valuation number
  • Water rates - please quote your customer number.

If you are paying from overseas:
Bank Swift Number
Bank IBAN Number   NZ020308009074307

Payments can be made:      

1.   By direct debit. The easiest way to pay your rates is by Direct Debit.  You can choose to pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annually. Download forms for:

Send your completed forms to or Kaipara District Council, Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340.

2.   By online banking - Account Number: 02-0308-0090743-07.  If you are paying

  • Land rates - please quote your valuation number
  • Water rates - please quote your customer number.

3.   By credit card or debit 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).

4.   By automatic payment. Download the automatic payment form. You will need to update the amount paid every year.  Note that if the balance owing is not paid by the due date you will incur a penalty.

5.   In person (EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa or cash).  Rates payments will be accepted during normal business hours at either of the two Council offices.

You can pay your rates for the current year in full on or before the due date for the first instalment of the year.  There is no discount available for early payment.

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

How do I find out more about rates for my property?

We keep a detailed record of rating information for Kaipara District and Northland Regional Councils. To use the Property and Information search tool you will need:

  • Valuation number, property address or property legal description.

This will provide you with information about your annual rates and rateable values.

Alternatively you can contact us.

How does the Council calculate my rates?

How much you pay in rates depends on:

  1. The valuation of your land, when compared with the other land values in the district.  Land values were updated on 1 September 2020 and will affect the proportion of rates you pay. 
  2. How the land is used – there are different rates for residential/small sized lifestyle properties and an ‘other’ category, which includes land used exclusively, or almost exclusively for dairy, horticultural, forestry, pastoral and specialist purposes, commercial, industrial or mining purposes and as a utility asset. 
  3. Where the property is located and if targeted rates apply - This can include stormwater, wastewater, water supply, and other targeted rates.
  4. Whether a portion of Capital Contribution to the wastewater system is remaining - (for some Mangawhai properties).
  5. Northland Regional Council (NRC) Rates – There are changes to the NRC rates for this year that may have an overall impact on your total change. NRC sets their rates through their own Long Term Plan, and Kaipara District Council collects them on their behalf.
  6. Council's work programme which funds things like roading, wastewater, drinking water supply, drainage, libraries, facilities, playgrounds, sports fields, and their ongoing maintenance (e.g. planting and safety upgrades).

Rates invoices

Rates invoices are sent to the rate owner.  We post your invoices by default as required by law. 

You can sign up to receive your rates by email instead.

Rates penalties

Contact us to discuss payment options if you are not able to pay your rates in full. 

​You can pay now by direct debit or over the phone with credit card. Call 0800 727 059.

a) If you do not pay your rates instalment in full you will receive a penalty of 10% for any amount that is overdue after the following dates:

Instalment Number   

Penalty Date

Instalment One 21 August 2023
Instalment Two 21 November 2023
Instalment Three 21 February 2024
Instalment Four 21 May 2024

You won't be charged a penalty if you enter into a payment arrangement by direct debit and honour that arrangement.

b) On 7 July 2023 a penalty of 10% will be added for any part of the rates from previous years that has not been paid by 6 July 2023. On 11 January 2024 an additional 10% will be added to any balance still remaining from previous years that is unpaid by 10 January 2024.
c) For water by meter rates, a penalty of 10% of the amount outstanding on each bill will be added after the due date.

Rates rebate?

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for a rates rebate, and have part of your rates paid by the Government.

Find out more at the Department of Internal Affairs or use this Rates Rebate Calculator.

Rates remission and postponement schemes

Rate remission and postponement schemes may:

  • Provide financial assistance and support to ratepayers
  • Address rating anomalies
  • Address matters related to wastewater charges
  • Cover other objectives. 

Talk to us to find out more: email or telephone 0800 727 059.

Solicitor rates requests

Solicitors should complete a Solicitors Settlement Request Form.

What are your rates used for?

For the 2023-2024 year, here is a breakdown of what your rates pay for (per $100).


Pie Chart showing rates spend for 2023

When are my rates due?

The rating year is 1 July to 30 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 2023
Instalment Two                                      20 November 2023
Instalment Three                                   20 February 2024
Instalment Four                                     20 May 2024

*Rates are set for the above months, on the 20th (or as close to when the day falls on a weekend. Dates are set in the relevant Long Term Plan or Annual Plan).