Property and business owners in Kaikōura pay rates. Some properties are non-rateable (e.g. DOC land) but most are rateable.
Rates pay for the maintenance and development of the District’s infrastructure and community facilities, the cost of providing services like the library and Civil Defence and the general running of Council. Council sets its rates annually around the end of June through the Annual Plan or Long Term Plan. The rating year runs from 1 July until 30 June.
When are my rates due
Rates are broken down into four equal instalments and invoiced quarterly. The last day for payment of each installment is shown below;
- Instalment 1: 20 September
- Instalment 2: 20 December
- Instalment 3: 20 March
- Instalment 4: 20 June
If you don’t pay your rates installment on time you will receive a penalty of 10%. To help avoid penalties we recommend setting up a direct debit or automatic payment for your rates. There are several payment options including fortnightly or monthly - see 'Pay your rates' below for more information.
How to pay your rates
You can choose from the following payment options:
- Direct debit. This is the easiest way to pay your rates, fill out the form (link below) and we'll set it up so you don't need to worry when your rates are due. This way also avoids any late payment penalties. We can set this weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly. Bank fees may apply, please contact your bank for further information on their fees and charges.
- To set up a direct debit download the form.
Then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to
PO Box 6
- Automatic payment through internet banking. Our bank account details are:
Kaikōura District Council
Please use your Rates Valuation Reference Number found on the front of your rates notice eg: 21070/11124
- In the office - come in and see us to pay by credit card, cash or eftpos.
- We are no longer able to provide credit card payments online due to credit card scams through our online portal, because of this BNZ have ceased this option. We apologise for any inconvenience.
To assist people on low incomes Central Government offers rates rebates to people who meet certain requirements. The paperwork is processed by Council and Central Government pays the money onto the rate account, Council then deducts the amount of your rebate from your rates bill. You must apply before June 30.
How much you can claim depends on:
- Your total rates bill, including local, regional and water rates
- Your income
- Whether you have children or other dependents living with you
If your gross income (before tax) is $25,000 or less, you can often claim the full amount. The maximum that you can receive is $665 for the current year.
If your gross income is higher than $25,0000 you may still be able to receive all or part of the rebate. If you have dependents, your income can be $500 more for each one. For example, if you have 2 children, then you would still be able to get the full rebate of $665 if your income is less than or equal to $26,000.
How to apply
- Download and complete the Rates Rebate Form from the link above, you can also ask for a paper copy at the front desk of Council.
- Call 03 319 5026 for an appointment to get the application form signed by an author
When rates are not paid
It is important to contact our rating team if you are having issues paying your rates or have any questions.
If you do not pay your rates by the instalment due date there will be a 10% penalty.
A further 10% penalty is added to any unpaid rates on 1 July following the due date. An additional 10% will be incurred every six months thereafter.
Council has a Rates Remission Policy which reduces the rates bill for properties in certain situations including;
- Where a late payment penalty has been applied and late payment was beyond the ratepayers control.
- Land protected for natural, or historical or cultural purposes
- Following a Civil Defence Emergency
- Maori Freehold Land
Rates Review 2023
The Council has been looking at all of the activities Council provides, and thinking about whether it is appropriate that these activities should be funded by rates, or user pays, a combination of both, or whether there might be other sources of funding available.
The outcome of the rates review will then form the basis for setting the rates commencing 1st July 2024. The review also affects the level of user fees and charges from the same date. The suggested policy decisions from the rates review are incorporated in the Draft Revenue & Financing Policy, which is an important policy in the Long-Term Plan 2024-3034.
Submissions open: 18th September 2023
Submissions close: 24th October 2023