About HBRC Rates
Find out all about rates in this animated video - how they are spent, where the additional funding comes from, and how your rates are worked out. Also check out our Rates FAQ page.
Each property owner in Hawke's Bay contributes to the work of Hawke's Bay Regional Council through their rates. Our region covers Wairoa, Hastings, Napier, Central Hawke’s Bay and parts of Taupo and Rangitikei districts.
We manage natural resources on your behalf, such as water and air quality, land sustainability programmes, and coastal, wetland and habitat protection. We also manage regional programmes such as flood protection, biosecurity, transport planning, regional economic development and regional civil defence emergency management.
There are different types of charges:
- Targeted rates - Most of the rates you pay are targeted rates for benefits you gain locally from specific services, such as flood control, pest management and, in Napier and Hastings, public transport and air quality.
- General rates - These pay for services provided across the entire regions, such as governance and strategic planning.
- Uniform charges - These are a set fee for specific services, such as civil defence, to all ratepayers.
Hawke's Bay property owners pay two sets of rates. Your district/city council rates fund services to your property such as water, sewerage, waste management, as well as amenities in your local community including roading, parks and reserves, libraries and community halls.
When are rates due?
Rate account due 1 October
For most properties, HBRC rates are much lower than city and district rates, so we send property owners a single rates invoice in September to keep the costs of collection down. HBRC rates are due for payment on 1 October each year, and various options for payment are available.