Property & Rates

Please Ensure When Paying Online:

Type of Payment        Enter in Property ID Number + Type

Rates                                 Property ID Number + R = Rates e.g. 21234R

Water                                Property ID Number + W = Water e.g. 24567W

Other Accounts                Invoice Number + I = Invoice e.g. 94321I




How to use the rates search 

You can search for property valuations and rates data here on the Rates Search page.

  1. Enter any combination of House Number, Extension, Street Name and Town in the required boxes (minimum requirement, you must select a Street)
  2. Press Enter or Click on the Search button





NOTE: This information is made available from a public register in accordance with the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002

Need help? Email the Revenue Department or call us on 06 374 4080.


How to pay your rates

You can pay your rates using a number of different methods, click one of the options below to find out more.

Please note: Payments made after the due date will incur a 10% penalty.

  Direct Debit   

  In Person


  Internet Banking

  Phone Banking  

  Online Credit Card Payments


Direct Debit

Setting up a direct debit with your bank means you'll never forget to pay. A direct debit will automatically deduct the amount required to clear the rates up until the end of the rating year, at the specified frequency of either:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for weekly or fortnightly payments;
  • monthly payments on the 20th;
  • quarterly payments on the due date; or
  • annually on 31 August of each year.

Direct debit is the Council's preferred payment method. Please contact us for a form to be mailed to you or click here to download the form (1MB pdf).

Please note: We are unable to accept faxed copies of printed direct debit forms. They need to be mailed into our office (see mailing address below) or brought in to one of our Council Service Centres.

If you wish to cancel or change the details of your direct debit, you can supply us with the details in writing or phone the Revenue Department on 06 374 4080. We must have this notification at least one day before the direct debit is due to be actioned.

If you need to change your bank account details, you will need to complete a new direct debit form and return it to Council.

You will still receive a rates notice for each instalment regardless of how often your direct debit is paid for GST purposes. Your rates notice will advise you that payments are made by direct debit.



In Person

Rates can be paid in person by cash or EFTPOS at any of the Tararua District Council Service Centres in Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna.

Please Note: We are unable to accept credit card payments over the counter.


Internet Banking

You can pay your rates online via internet banking or bill payment. If you decide to pay this way, you will need to include your surname and Property ID number as a reference for each property. (Your Property ID number is a 5 digit number that can be found on your rates notice following the words Property ID, under the header Property Details).

Payments should be made into the following bank account:

03 0614 0088406 000 - Tararua District Council

If you set up a bill payment, the bank details should be automatically updated. Please make sure you set up individual internet payments for each rates account you have.


  • If you sell one property and purchase another, please change your Property ID on your internet banking details.
  • Payments made after the due date will incur a 10% penalty.


Phone Banking

You can pay your rates using your phone via phone banking. If you decide to pay this way, you will need to give the bank your Property ID number as a reference for each property. Payments should be made into the following bank account:

03 0614 0088406 000 - Tararua District Council

Please make sure you set up individual phone banking payments for each rates account you have.


  • If you sell one property and purchase another, please change your property id on your phone banking details.
  • Payments made after the due date will incur a 10% penalty.


Online Credit Card Payments

You can now pay your rates online using your Visa or Mastercard. Please read this important information then click on the link below to pay your rates online. It includes a bank fee that is charged by the bank to you. This method of payment may particularly suit ratepayers who are overseas.

Payment details
Please have your invoice in front of you to ensure you accurately enter your Property ID and property address. Please note that a separate transaction is required for each property.

Bank provider
This service is provided by our bank, BNZ, in agreement with Tararua District Council. You do not have to be a BNZ customer to use this service. Only Visa or MasterCard are accepted.

Online convenience fee
The bank charge you a convenience fee of 2.49% per transaction for this service (with a minimum fee of $1.00 per transaction). We do not receive any part of this fee.

Processing time
Be sure to allow sufficient time before your instalment due date for processing of your payment. Payments made after 5.00pm, New Zealand time, will appear in your rates account the following business day. If a payment is made on the due date but is after 5.00pm, a 10% penalty will be incurred.

After the transaction
You will be given a reference number. A receipt will not be provided, however, you can print the screen or note down the details for future reference.

Need help?
Please phone the BNZ helpdesk on 0800 737 774 - Monday to Friday - between 8am and 5pm, or email BNZ.

Refund policy
It is your responsibility to ensure that the transaction, credit card information, and all other details you provide in relation to your payments made through Online Credit Card Services are correct. Tararua District Council will not accept any liability for transactions that are incorrect as a result of inaccurate data or information provided by you, or that is otherwise caused by factors outside of Tararua District Council's control.

Refund enquiries
If you find you have made an error in the payment amount through Online Credit Card Services, please contact the Revenue Department at Tararua District Council by telephone on 06 374 4080.


Due dates, penalties, rebates and Revaluation


Due Dates and Penalties


Rates and charges for the year ending on 30 June 2022 will be levied in four instalments, which will become due and payable on the following dates:

    Due Date   Instalment Period
Instalment 1   31 August 2021   1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021
Instalment 2   30 November 2021   1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021
Instalment 3   28 February 2022   1 January 2022 to 21 March 2022
Instalment 4   31 May 2022   1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022


In accordance with section 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002:

Current Rates Penalty

A penalty of 10 per cent is added to each instalment or part thereof "current rates" which are unpaid after the due date for payment

Due Date   Current Rates Penalty Due
31 August 2021   1 September 2021
30 November 2021   1 December 2021
28 February 2022   1 March 2022
31 May 2022   1 June 2022

Rates in Arrears Penalty Date

A penalty of 10 per cent will be added to previous year’s rates "rates in arrears" that remain unpaid as assessed on 8 July 2021, and again on 8 January 2022.


Rates Rebates

The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates (see The Rates Rebate Act 1973 for more information). For 2006 the Government revised the Scheme and increased the rates rebate thresholds significantly, making more people than ever eligible for the rebate. These changes came into effect on 1 July of that year.

For more information on the Rates Rebate Scheme, including links to calculate if you are eligible and application forms, visit the Department of Internal Affairs website.


General Property Revaluation

A rating valuation is a three-yearly assessment of a property's value and is determined by house sale prices on a specific date. We use these valuations as a guide for setting your rates.

 Effective date of valuation: 1 September 2020
OVG basis and electronic file due at auditors: 20 November 2020
OVG site visit - 2 days commencing; 30 November 2020
Date of implementation: 16 January 2021
Date of Public Notice: 20 January 2021
Approximate date owners notices posted: 27 January 2021
Objection Closing Date; 5 March 2021


Rates Resolution for the 2021/2022 financial year

Full-Rates-Resolution-for-21/22.pdf (135KB pdf)