Buller District Council


The Rate Records

The rates are struck in accordance with the details that appear on the Council’s valuation database. If a ratepayer notes that some detail on his/her assessment or invoice is incorrect, then contact with Council should be made immediately to correct the record.

The Council’s database is available for inspection at the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library (89 Palmerston Street, Westport) or to search on-line using the link below.

Rates Query

Note – while all due care has been taken, Buller District Council does not give any warranty that any information contained is accurate.

Searching Tips:

How do I search for an address?

Enter the street name followed by street number, e.g. Derby 92 – DO NOT enter a street type, e.g., road, avenue or lane.

Searching valuation number?

Enter the valuation number e.g. 1897008700

To view the online rating database click here.


Setting of rates

Council’s general rates are based on the land valuation of the property plus a Uniform Annual General Charge (if applicable). Further charges are made for various services (water supply, sewage disposal, refuse collection, recycling and waste management) depending on the situation of the individual property.

Council’s rating year is 1 July to 30 June. There are four quarterly instalments covering the periods July – September, October – December, January – March, April – June.

The invoices for each respective quarter are forwarded to the ratepayer on or about 1 August, 1 November, 1 February and 1 May. An assessment for the annual rates is included with the first instalment invoice only.

If a ratepayer has not received an invoice within seven (7) days of these dates, then contact with Council should be made immediately to ascertain the reason. (It should be noted that the most common cause for this occurrence is that Council has not received a sale notice from the previous owner.)

The last day for payment of the quarters are 28 August, 28 November, 28 February and 28 May (or the first working day following these dates if any fall on a non-working day) – any amount not paid by the due dates shown will incur a penalty of 10% of the balance.

Payment options

Please click here for payment options for all Council services, including rates.


How your rates are spent

Where rates were spent in 2014/15

Democracy: Includes elections, support for elected members, Long Term Planning and Auditing.

Regulatory: Includes Animal & Stock Control, the Planning department, Building control, Compliance & Enforcement, Alcohol Licensing, Emergency Management / Civil Defence, Rural Fire and Environmental Health.

Community Services: Includes Community Grants and other funding that Council distributes, Libraries, NBS Theatre, Reefton Cinema, Vision 2010 Projects, Communications and District Promotion & Tourism.

Amenities & Reserves: Includes Parks and Reserves, public toilets, cemeteries, Punakaiki Beach Camp and Pensioner housing.

Roading & Urban Development: Includes maintenance & renewal of sealed and unsealed roads, bridges and culverts, footpaths, seats and shelters, road signs, road markings and street lighting. Council also contributes money to Westport’s Taxi Service.

Urban Development includes plantings, street treatments and decorative measures that are carried out within/by the roading network.

Solid Waste: Includes the Collection, transfer and final disposal of waste materials, including both rubbish and recycling. Council also operates/maintains two Transfer Stations and two landfills.

Water Supplies: Includes water supplies available in Westport/Carters Beach, Punakaiki, Cape Foulwind, Waimangaroa, South Granity, Ngakawau/Hector, Mokihinui, Little Wanganui, Karamea and Reefton.

Wastewater: Includes public sewerage reticulation currently available in Westport, Reefton and Little Wanganui.

Stormwater: Includes the management of open drain stormwater systems in Seddonville, Hector, Ngakawau, Granity, Waimangaroa, Westport, Carters Beach and Reefton. Also Includes piped stormwater systems in Westport. (Sections of Westport’s stormwater and all of Reefton’s stormwater goes into their sewerage system).

Airport: Includes the management and control of Westport Airport.

In-House Professional Services: Includes Engineers to support the maintenance and development of Council Infrastructure.

Support Services: Includes Customer Services teams in Westport and Reefton, generation of planning documents such as Annual Plan, Long Term Plan, Annual Report, Council’s senior management team and General Administration.

For information on buying a property see http://www.reaa.govt.nz/ForBuyersAndSellers/Buying/Pages/Whatyouneedtoknowwhenbuying.aspx


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