Buller District Council

Rates Review Project

23 March 2021

Rates Policy review

Council rejects rates policy proposal

On 10 March 2021, Buller District Council voted against adopting the proposed rates review policy.

After a day and a half of hearing verbal submissions from members of the public, Councillors debated, deliberated, and ultimately rejected the proposed policy with 10 Councillors voting against it and Councillor Margaret Montgomery abstaining from voting.

Council directed chief executive officer Sharon Mason to include the current rates policy in the organisation’s Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 and to initiate an audit of the rates database.

A report recommending a process for the database audit will be presented to Council’s Finance Risk and Audit Committee meeting in May 2021. The audit will test the data and seek to identify possible improvements.

The process of reviewing the rates policy has been underway for seven years with several community consultations occurring throughout that time.


Submissions to Council’s proposed rates policy review closed at 4:30pm on Friday 19 February 2021.

455 submissions were received, with close to 80 submitters indicating that they would like to speak in person to the elected members at Council’s rates review hearing. The hearings took place on Tuesday 9  and Wednesday 10 March 2021.

Submissions received

List of submissions received (387Kb)
Part 1 – Submissions 1-100 (32Mb)
Part 2 – Submissions 101-200 (41Mb)
Part 3 – Submissions 201-300 (26Mb)
Part 4 – Submissions 301-400 (38Mb)
Part 5 – Submissions 401-460 (15Mb)


Summary Consultation Document (733Kb)
Full Consultation Document (3Mb)
Draft Proposed Rates Policy (340Kb)

Background about the proposal can be found here Council paper put to the December 2020 Council meeting (705Mb)

Please email ratesreview@bdc.govt.nz with any queries.


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