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Where does your council stand on a rates freeze?

rateCouncils 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 raised rates by a 3.5% hike.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Has decreased rates by 2.8%.
Buller District Council  Council will hike rates by 2-2.5% (higher than the original forecast of 1.1%)
Carterton District Council Council average rates increased by 1.72%. 
Central Hawke's Bay District Council Council signalled a rates increase of 3.68% (1.5% higher than long-term plan).
Central Otago District Council Has replaced a 4.9% rate hike with a 1.1% hike
Chatham Islands Council  
Christchurch City Council Mayor abandons rate freeze promise, with a hike of 3.8%.
Clutha District Council Has reduced a 3.61% rate hike to 1.93%
Dunedin City Council Has reduced rates to 4.1% from the planned 6.5%
Environment Canterbury Will reduce 9.8% rate hike, signalling 4%
Far North District Council  Council reduced rates to 2.23% hike
Gisborne District Council Council increases rates by 3.26.
Gore District Council Council passed its annual plan with increase in rates by 2.84%    
Greater Wellington Regional Council Council agreed on an average 3% rates increase, down from its planned 6.3%.
Grey District Council Has an overall increase of rates to 2.7%
Hamilton City Council Has increased rates to 2.8%, down from the planned 3.8%
Hastings District Council Will replace the 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 increased rates by 1.9%
Horizons Regional Council Has replaced a 5.95% rate hike with a 1% hike
Horowhenua District Council Has decreased rates by 1.83%.
Hurunui District Council Has reduced the 5% rate hike to 3.74
Hutt City Council Has reduced the 7.9% rate hike to 3.8%
Invercargill City Council Has reduced a 3.5% rate hike to 2%
Kaikoura District Council  Has increased rates by 4.6%
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 Have kept the rates increase at 3.5%
Mackenzie District Council Have reduced planned rate increase of 8% to 4.8%
Manawatu District Council Has a rates freeze until 2021
Marlborough District Council Has signalled replacing a 4.86% rate hike with a hike less than 2.2%
Masterton District Council Has cut the planned rate from 6% to 2%.
Matamata-Piako District Council Has implemented a rates freeze.
Napier City Council Is reviewing its 4.8% rates hike.
Nelson City Council Has implemented a rates freeze.
New Plymouth District Council Has reduced 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 Has replaced a 5.06% rate hike with a 2.92% hike
Otago Regional Council Has implemented a rates freeze.
Otorohanga District Council Mayor says council has not discussed rates relief
Palmerston North City Council Has replaced a 4.4% rate hike with a 1.95% hike
Porirua City Council Council has replaced a 6.75% hike with a 4.98% hike
Queenstown-Lakes District Council Replaced the 6.76% rate hike with a 1.59% rate hike
Rangitikei District Council Has implemented 3.6% rate hike down from 6.27%
Rotorua District Council Has implemented a rates freeze
Ruapehu District Council Has replaced the 4.03% rate hike with a 3.50%
Selwyn District Council Has replaced the 3.5% rate hike with a 1.6%.
South Taranaki District Council Has implemented a rates freeze.
South Waikato District Council Has implemented a rates freeze
South Wairarapa District Council  Plans to reduce a 13.75% rate hike to 2.54%
Southland District Council Replacing a 2.65 % rate hike with a 2.31% hike
Southland Regional Council No reports (on track to proceed with 7.7% rate hike)
Stratford District Council Has reduced a planned 5.72% rate hike to 4.3%
Taranaki Regional Council Has budgeted for a rates freeze
Tararua District Council Has reduced rates hike to 2.5%
Tasman District Council Council has voted to freeze rates
Taupo District Council Has decreased rates by 0.43%
Tauranga City Council Has replaced a 12.6% rate hike with a 7.6% hike
Thames-Coromandel District Council Has lowered rates hike of 9.98% to 4.98%
Timaru District Council Councillors implemented 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 implemented a rates freeze
Waimakariri District Council Has reduced a 4% rate hike to 1.5%
Waimate District Council Has reduced a 7.7% rate hike to 3.7%
Waipa District Council Has reduced a 2.7% rates hike to 2.4%
Wairoa District Council Has increased rates by 5%
Waitaki District Council Has committed to a rates freeze
Waitomo District Council Has reduced to 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 Has increased rates by 1.98%
Westland District Council Planned 8.5% rate hike will be brought down to 1.67%
Whakatane District Council Has increased rates by 3.5%
Whanganui District Council Has reduced 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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