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How your rates are spent

You can find out more about the programmes that specific rates fund elsewhere on this website.

Here is an infographic showing how rates are spent:

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Here is more information about specific rates:

Animal Pest Control Rate

Economic Development Rate

Emergency Management Rate

Flood & Drainage Schemes Rates

General Rate & UACG

Plant Pest Control Rate

Subsidised Passenger Transport Rate

Animal Pest Control Rate

The Animal Pest Control rate is charged on rural properties 4.0468 hectares (10 acres) and above. This helps fund programmes to control rooks, possums in rural (PCA) and urban (HuB) programmes, advisory services for rabbit control, subsidised possum control products for ratepayers, and the support of community biodiversity groups.

For full programme descriptions go to Pest Control.

Emergency Management Rate

This rate is charged to all ratepayers as a Uniform Charge. This rate helps pay for a range of activities to benefit our communities by meeting regional civil defence and natural hazard management preparedness, resilience and response needs.  

For full programme descriptions go to the HBCDEM website.

Economic Development Rate

This rate is charged across the region and helps raise around $1.4m a year for economic development initiatives as set out below.

The rate is made up of:

  • 30% funded by commercial/Industrial Rating Units based on the Capital Value;
  • 70% from residential and rural Rating Units as a Uniform Annual Charge.

The Wairoa District ratepayers’ contribution is limited to 5% of the total rate.

In line with the Regional Economic Development Strategy 2011, HBRC has committed to supporting the following key outcomes:

  • Visitor growth through HBRC administration support plus direct funding contribution of Hawke’s Bay Tourism.
  • Business growth and attraction through HBRC support and funding of Business Hawke’s Bay, support of other regional initiatives and HBRC management of the Callaghan Innovation R&D grant initiative (Regional Business Partner). 
  • Supporting resilient primary sector growth, including improved supply chain linkages, productivity improvements from irrigation, developing Maori agribusiness and primary sector opportunities in the Wairoa district.
  • Other activities include regional economic reporting and collaboration with national economic development agencies.

Flood & Drainage Schemes Rates

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council provides flood and drainage protection and management in a number of areas around the region. Rates are based on either the land or capital value of a property.

For full scheme descriptions go to Flood Control Schemes.

Heretaunga Plains Flood Protection Scheme

The scheme provides flood protection for the river plains of the Tutaekuri, Ngaruroro and lower Tukituki Rivers, including all of Hastings, Flaxmere and Havelock North urban areas, and most of the Napier urban area.

The Heretaunga Plains Flood protection rate is charged in two ways:

  • Direct Benefit (F1) rate is charged on all Rating Units receiving direct benefit within the Napier City and Hastings District from flood control measures.
  • Indirect Benefit (F2) rate is charged at a lower rate on all Rating Units within Napier City and Hastings District on the Heretaunga Plains.

There are 9 Drainage catchments (D1-D9) within the Scheme. The drainage rates are collected based on the Land Value.

D1 Meeanee/Napier/Puketapu

D2 Karamu & Tributaries

D3 Raupare/Twyford

D4 Haumoana/Te Awanga

D5 Tutaekuri-Waimate/Moteo

D6 Pakowhai

D7 Brookfields/Awatoto

D8 Clive/Muddy Creek

D9 Puninga.

 Upper Tukituki Flood Control Scheme

The Scheme ensures that the Ruataniwha Plains communities are very rarely affected by significant flooding, and that waterways within the scheme are highly valued community assets.

The scheme rating uses a classification system which indicates the benefit a property receives from the scheme based on its location.  You will see on your rates account a letter or number code – the higher the letter/number the more benefit received and the higher the rate.

  • A-F for rural properties.
  • U1-U4 for urban communities of Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Where a rating classification system is used, which indicates the benefit a property derives from the scheme based on their location, the higher the letter or number the more benefit received and therefore the higher the rate.

Esk & Whirinaki Flood Control Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Kairakau Community Scheme

A levy is charged (uniform charge) on each residential property within the Kairakau community. HBRC reports annually to the Kairakau Development Society on the use of the funds.

Kopuawhara Stream Flood Control Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Upper Makara Catchment Control Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Maraetotara Flood Control Scheme

Ratepayers within the scheme boundaries pay a targeted rate based on capital value.

Ohuia-Whakaki Drainage Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Opoho Drainage Scheme

Ratepayers within the scheme boundaries pay a fixed amount.

Paeroa Drainage Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Porangahau Flood Control Scheme

Ratepayers within scheme boundaries pay a targeted rate based on land value.

Poukawa Catchment Control Scheme

Ratepayers within scheme boundaries pay a targeted rate based on land value.

Raupare Stream Enhancement Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Te Ngarue Flood Control Scheme

Ratepayers within the boundaries of the scheme pay a targeted rate set on an area classification basis.

Wairoa and Central & Southern Rivers and Streams Schemes

Rates are charged on a capital value basis across all properties in the region to pay for river catchment maintenance to reduce the risk of flooding and help manage flooding. 

  • Wairoa Rivers and Stream Scheme rate for Wairoa district ratepayers
  • Central and Southern Rivers and Streams rate for Napier, Hastings CHB, part Rangitikei and part Taupō ratepayers.

General Rate & Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)

These rates together are the ‘General Funding’ rates that support the community based activities that HBRC provides in the region. 

  • The General Rate is charged on a Land Value (LV) basis. 
  • A separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit includes any portion inhabited or used (by the owner/a person other than the owner), and who has the right to use or inhabit that portion by virtue of a tenancy, lease, license, or other agreement.
    This definition includes separately used parts, whether or not actually occupied at any particular time, which are used by the owner for rental (or other form of occupation) on an occasional or long term basis by someone other than the owner.

General Funding rates pay services provided by HBRC across the entire region, such as governance, strategic planning and regulation.

Healthy Homes – Clean Heat Rate

This Clean Heat Targeted Rate is charged only on ratepayers with property within an ‘air shed’ and is based on land value. If this item is not on your rates bill, your property is outside the airsheds.

An air shed is a legally designated zone in Napier, Hastings and Awatoto where research shows air quality needs improvement. Like all other regions in New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay must meet the National Environmental Standard (NES) for air quality set by the Ministry for the Environment. Currently PM10 concentrations in Napier and Hastings on cold clear winter nights exceed this standard and this rate assists people to install insulation and clean forms of heating.

For full programme descriptions go to Heat Smart.

Plant Pest Control Rate

The Plant Pest Control rate is charged on rural properties 4.0468 hectares (10 acres) and larger. This helps fund biosecurity advisory services for property owners/ occupiers for controlling 17 pest plants listed under the Regional Pest Management Strategy 2013 or up to 10 other plants outside this strategy for health, productivity, biodiversity and land drainage benefits. The rate also contributes to weed biological controls.

For full programme descriptions go to Pest Control.

Subsidised Passenger Transport Rate

This rate is charged only on urban ratepayers in Napier and Hastings urban areas to help provide bus services around the cities, ie it is not charged on ratepayers in rural areas.

As well as this rate, public transport is paid for by fare-paying passengers, and the NZ Transport Agency funding. These services are managed by HBRC and operated by GoBus Transport Ltd.

This rate also covers the Total Mobility Scheme which provides subsidised taxi travel to assist Hawke’s Bay residents who are unable to use public transport due to a significant, permanent impairment.

For full service descriptions go to Public Transport.

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