Phasing out Cheques
From May 2021 the major banks are phasing out cheques. Unfortunately, this means from 1 May 2021 we won’t be able to accept cheques as a method of payment. However, we can offer you some alternative methods for paying bills.
Direct Debit – allows you to pay your rates directly from your bank account. The amount is taken out of your account on a basis which best suits your budget and we offer weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, or annual payment periods.
Internet Banking - If you have the option, Internet Banking (also called Online Banking) is one of the easiest ways to pay your rates and other bills. By using your own bank’s online services, you should be able to set the Council up as a payee to make payments. You can use Internet Banking to pay for numerous things like Dog Registrations, Rates, Water Rates, Building and Resource Consents.
Telephone Banking - If you don’t have access to a computer then phone banking is another option. It is easiest to set these up through your local bank branch but if you are unable to get there you can ring your bank and set it up over the phone.
In Person – Payment can be made by cash or EFTPOS at our Hāwera Administration Building or at any one of our seven LibraryPlus centres across the District. If you need help with setting up any of these options just contact the Council’s finance team on 0800 111 323 or contact your bank.