Pay Your Rates
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Update 8 September
Now that facilities are back open in Level 2, this is a friendly reminder that you have until 4.30pm on Tuesday 14 September to pay your first rates instalment without facing penalty. You also have until then to pay your yearly rates in full to receive a 2% discount.
You can find out more about the suspension of the late rates penalties by clicking here.
Rates instalments and due dates
Rates are billed in four instalments for the rating year which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Your rates invoice will be posted or emailed to you on the first day of the month that your rates are due.
To avoid penalties, payments need to be made in full by the following due dates:
|Instalment number||Due date|
|First Instalment||25 August 2021 (save 2% if you pay your rates in full by this date)|
|Second Instalment||24 November 2021|
|Third Instalment||23 February 2022|
|Fourth Instalment||25 May 2022|
Ways to pay your rates
This service is provided by Westpac New Zealand Limited, in agreement with South Taranaki District Council. You do not have to be a Westpac customer to use this service. Payment can be made with Visa or MasterCard credit cards.
A convenience fee of 1.9 per cent per transaction is applied by Westpac New Zealand Limited to transactions processed through this site. South Taranaki District Council does not receive any part of this fee. You should check with your card issuer for details about other fees or charges that may also apply, as this credit card transaction is carried out in terms of the arrangement between you and your card issuer.
If payment is made using a credit card issued outside New Zealand, any currency conversion will be done according to the terms and conditions of the card - there may be currency conversion fees charged by your card issuer.
If you have the option, Online Banking is one of the easiest ways to pay your rates. By using your own bank’s online services you should be able to select or set up the Council as a payee to make payments. Using your banks own online service allows you to pay for a number of things like Dog Registrations, Rates, Water Rates, Building & Resource Consents.
Please make sure you clearly identify exactly what it is you are paying and remember to use your property number when putting in your payment details.
Also note; if you shift properties your property number will need to be changed and possibly the amount you are paying.
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 the following payment periods:
- Quarterly or
Often we can process your completed direct debit form within a matter of days. If you wish to take advantage of direct debit click here, complete the details and either email it to us or return to us at the address below.
South Taranaki District Council
Private Bag 902
We will write to you confirming details of your bank account and when your first deduction will take place.
On an annual basis we will also recalculate your periodic payment (if weekly, fortnight or monthly) and advise you of any changes to the amount that will be deducted. This will ensure you are continually paying the correct amount to keep your rates up to date.
When your direct debit is set up with your bank there may be a one off fee charged by your bank to set this up, however there are no other fees.
Automatic payment allows you to pay direct from your bank account and is very similar to direct debit. You can choose the following payment periods:
- Quarterly or
Your automatic payment form will need to be sent to your bank account for processing. Click here to access the automatic payment form, complete the details and forward to your bank.
The amount of your automatic payment needs to be checked by yourself on an annual basis after you receive your first rates instalment invoice to ensure the amount you are paying is correct or you can contact us to ensure the amount is sufficient to pay the full instalment without incurring a penalty.
Rates can be paid in person at the following locations across the district:
Contact Centre – Hāwera Administration Building – Albion Street
Hāwera LibraryPlus – High Street, Hāwera
Manaia LibraryPlus – South Road, Manaia
Ōpunakē LibraryPlus – Tasman Street, Ōpunakē
Kaponga LibraryPlus – Victoria Street, Kaponga
Eltham LibraryPlus – High Street, Eltham
Pātea LibraryPlus – Egmont Street, Pātea
Waverley LibraryPlus – Weraroa Road, Waverley
South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre – High Street, Hāwera
Payment can be made by cash or EFTPOS. Credit Card payments can only be made online.