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Temporary relaxed approach around Council rates.

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If you are unable to pay your Wairoa District Council rates due to the impact of the cyclone, don’t panic, there will be no financial penalties incurred for any late payments for this rates instalment.

Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said this is a distressing time for many people and one less worry is a suspension of penalties for late rates payments.

“The quarterly rate instalment is due for payment Tuesday, February 21, but we know there will be people who are unable to pay, and we totally understand.

“Council also acknowledges this is has been an extremely tough time for many people across our district, and ratepayers may be struggling to get access to their bank accounts.

Because of this, we are not taking direct debit payments this week. This includes quarterly direct debits. This will allow the rates team time to coordinate information regarding damaged properties and explore possibilities for relief. A catchup direct debit will be taken at a later date.

Meanwhile, water bills, with a due date of March, are being sent. If you require any extension of the due date please contact Council to discuss.

If you need to talk to someone about your rates payment or have any concerns about your rates, please call into the Wairoa District Council offices to have a chat when you can, or email the rates team

For more information about our Cyclone Gabrielle response, please click the button below.

Cyclone Gabrielle

20 February 2023

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