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Where does your council stand on a rates freeze?

Councils across the country are scheduled to increase rates by as much as 10% in the coming months, despite the hardships faced by households in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Find out where your local (and regional) council stands on rates freezes in the table below.

Green means a council has signaled a rates freeze.
Orange means a council has signaled a reduction in planned rate hikes.
Red means a council has not signaled any reduction in planned rate hikes.

This dashboard is subject to ongoing updates. Please contact team@taxpayers.org.nz if you have more up to date information.

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Council Notes (click for source)
Ashburton District Council Has replaced a 4.88% rate hike with a 2.5% rate hike
Auckland Council Has signalled a 2.5% rate hike, down from 3.5%
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Has signaled a rates freeze
Buller District Council Council will hikes rates by 2-2.5% (higher than the original forecast of 1.1%)
Carterton District Council Council voted down proposal to discuss rates freeze, on track to hike rates by 4%
Central Hawke's Bay District Council  
Central Otago District Council Has replaced a 4.9% rate hike with a 1% hike
Chatham Islands Council  
Christchurch City Council Mayor abandons rate freeze promise, signalling hike of 3.5-5.5%
Clutha District Council Has reduced a 3.61% rate hike to 1.93%
Dunedin City Council Has signaled a rates freeze
Environment Canterbury Will reduce 9.8% rate hike, signalling 4%
Far North District Council Will 'revisit' planned 2.0% rate hike on June 5
Gisborne District Council Council will choose between rates freeze or reducing planned hike
Gore District Council Mayor hopes to reduce planned 4.53% rate hike
Greater Wellington Regional Council Rates hike will be 'in line with the existing long-term plan' (around 5%)
Grey District Council Mayor opposes a rates freeze
Hamilton City Council Mayor says rates freeze is 'too broad a brush'
Hastings District Council Will replace a 4.4% rate hike with a 1.9% hike
Hauraki District Council Plans to adopt scheduled 5.4% rate hike
Hawke's Bay Regional Council Has signaled a rates freeze
Horizons Regional Council Has replaced a 5.95% rate hike with a 1% hike
Horowhenua District Council Has signalled a reduction in planned 6.9% rate hike
Hurunui District Council  
Hutt City Council Mayor signaling a 'significant reduction' in planned 7.9% rate hike
Invercargill City Council Has reduced a 3.5% rate hike to 2%
Kaikoura District Council  
Kaipara District Council Has reduced a 5.49% rate hike to 3.97%
Kapiti Coast District Council Has reduced a 5.7% to 2.6%
Kawerau District Council Has agreed to a rates freeze (original planned hike was 1.9%)
Mackenzie District Council  
Manawatu District Council Has signalled a rates freeze
Marlborough District Council Has signalled replacing a 4.86% rate hike with a hike less than 2.2%
Masterton District Council Plans to proceed with a planned 6% rate hike
Matamata-Piako District Council Councillors are "investigating" a rates freeze
Napier City Council Has voted to place a 6.5% rate hike with a 4.8% hike
Nelson City Council Set to choose between a rates freeze and a 1.9% rate hike
New Plymouth District Council Has signalled reducing planned 6.47% rate hike to 3.95%
Northland Regional Council Has replaced an 8.6% rate hike with a 4.5% hike
Opotiki District Council Set to replace a 5.06% rate hike with a 4.25% hike
Otago Regional Council Still on track to hike rates by 9.1%
Otorohanga District Council Mayor says council has not discussed rates relief
Palmerston North City Council Has signalled replacing a 4.4% rate hike with a 1.95% hike
Porirua City Council Mayor has proposed replacing a 6.75% hike with a 4.98% hike
Queenstown-Lakes District Council Aiming to replace a 6.76% rate hike with a 1.8% rate hike
Rangitikei District Council Is reviewing a planned 3.6% rate hike
Rotorua District Council Mayor and deputy oppose rates freeze
Ruapehu District Council  
Selwyn District Council Council has agreed to vote on rates freeze option
South Taranaki District Council Has signalled a rates freeze (original planned hike was 3.36%)
South Waikato District Council Has proposed a rates freeze (original planned hike was 5.6%)
South Wairarapa District Council Plans to reduce a 13.75% rate hike to 2.54%
Southland District Council Replacing a 3.27% rate hike with a 2.65% hike
Southland Regional Council No reports (on track to proceed with 7.7% rate hike)
Stratford District Council Has reduced a planned 5.79% rate hike to 4.3%
Taranaki Regional Council 'would like to even see a small reduction in rates if they possibly could'
Tararua District Council  
Tasman District Council Council has voted to freeze rates
Taupo District Council Has committed to a rates freeze
Tauranga City Council Has replaced a 12.6% rate hike with a 7.6% hike
Thames-Coromandel District Council Still plans to proceed with scheduled 9.98% rate hike
Timaru District Council Councillors support replacing 7% rate hike with a 2% hike
Upper Hutt City Council Has reduced a 4.7% rate hike to 1.5%
Waikato District Council Going ahead with scheduled 3.66% rate hike
Waikato Regional Council Has signalled a rates freeze
Waimakariri District Council  
Waimate District Council Has reduced a 7.7% rate hike to 3.7%
Waipa District Council 'has said a zero rates increase is unlikely but is looking at how to limit any rates rise'
Wairoa District Council No plans for a rates freeze
Waitaki District Council Has committed to a rates freeze
Waitomo District Council Councillors reject Mayor's proposed rates freeze in favour of reduced 1.54% hike
Wellington City Council Planned 9.2% rate hike to be reduced to 5.1%
West Coast Regional Council Has voted to freeze rates
Western Bay of Plenty District Council  
Westland District Council Planned 8.5% rate hike will be brought down to 1.67%
Whakatane District Council  
Whanganui District Council Has proposed reducing a 3.9% rate hike to 2.3%
Whangarei District Council Has voted to replace a 5.2% rates hike with a 2.2% hike

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