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Rates RebateWhakahokinga Tāke

The rate rebate scheme provides a subsidy to low-income home owners (ratepayers) on the cost of their rates. The scheme was established by the Rates Rebate Act 1973. A rebate needs to be claimed during the rate year for which it is payable. Claims cannot be made for past rate years.

Assistance of up to $750.00 may be available if your income is low.

Are you eligible?

You must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2023.

Although a ratepayer's income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependents - see the example tables or electronic calculator to see if you could be eligible.

New threshold amounts 2023/24 rating year have been signed off by Cabinet and will come into effect on 1 July 2023.

Maximum rebate $750 (was $700)

Income abatement threshold $30,100 (was $28,080)

Applications close on 30 June 2024 and cannot be accepted after this date.

What should I do if I think I am eligible for a rebate?

Obtain a rates rebate application form. You can do that by:

  • Contacting the Council's Rates Department (06) 838-7309 and we will send you a form.
  • Pick up a form from the Council Offices at Coronation Square.

How to apply

You may apply for a rates rebate at the Council's Administration Offices - Queen Street, Wairoa by returning a completed form.

Rates Rebate Application Forms

What if I need assistance to complete the form?

Please contact the Council Office's on +64 6 838 7309 to make an appointment.

What information do I need to bring?

Please bring details of your income for the year ending 31 March 2023.

Proof of income includes, but is not limited to:

  • Income confirmation from Work & Income; and/or
  • Income confirmation form Inland Revenue; and/or
  • Investment earning statements for the tax year; and/or
  • Statement of earnings from your employer.

Please note that you are required to declare all your income.


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309
97-103 Queen Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160


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