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Council phasing out payments by cheque

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WAIROA DISTRICT COUNCIL will no longer be able to accept cheques as payment from 1 June 2021.

Several banks, including BNZ and Westpac, have indicated they will be discontinuing cheque usage in 2021.

Council is now looking to promote other modes of payment at Council including automatic payments, direct debit payments, online bill payments, cash and eftpos.

Council’s Group Manager of Finance and Corporate Support, Gary Borg, says he hopes promoting this initiative now will create a rhythm for people to use these alternative payment methods as time gets closer to June 2021.

“We understand that a number of our customers have been used to paying by cheque for years. We want to give our customers plenty of notice to make alternative ways of paying their accounts and we hope this allows enough time for the community to adapt to new payment methods,” Mr Borg said.

“Our team is always available to help with the transition.”

When it comes to adding particulars, codes and references, please refer to the information below on what to add in those fields:
Particulars: Surname and first letter of Christian name e.g. JONES R
Code: Valuation Roll number or Customer Number
Reference: Account Type e.g. RATES

For more information you can contact Council on 06 838 7309.

Alternative ways to pay for your account include:

Automatic payments

Direct debit payments

Online bill payments

At the counter - cash and eftpos

Online and website credit card payments

2 June 2021

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