Rates Penalties and Remissions

Overdue Rates - Instalment Penalty

A 10% penalty will be added on the next business day to any instalment not paid by the due date.
Only moneys actually receipted in the offices of the Hurunui District Council before the close of business will be accepted as paid on that date.

No additional charge will be added where payment has been posted on the due date and it will not be counted as late as long as it is post-marked on or by the due date. The date of payment is when, for Rural Delivery and Overseas postal payments, it is received by a New Zealand Postal Service. It is not when the payment is placed in your personal mailbox for collection or posted from an overseas country. 

Post 2017 Earthquake Remission Policy 

Hurunui District Council bank account number is Westpac 03-0802-0946666-00. 

Due dates for the 2015/2016 rating year will be:

  Due Date Penalty Date
Instalment 1 20 August 2016 21 August 2016
Instalment 2 20 November 2016 21 November 2016
Instalment 3 20 February 2017 21 February 2017
Instalment 4 21 May 2017 21 May 2017





Arrears Penalty

A further additional charge of 10% will be added to all rates and additional charges from the previous rating year remaining unpaid on 1 July . A further additional charge of 10% will be added to any rates to which the additional charge referred to in this paragraph is added and remains unpaid on 1 January.

Remission of Penalty

Additional charges may be remitted in accordance with the following criteria:

All rates must be paid in full, as a general rule, before remission is considered.

Remission of subsequent additional charges where satisfactory arrangements are in place for regular payment of arrears.

Complete an  application for Rates penalty remission and send to the Rates Services, PO Box 13, Amberley 7441.


Rates are a charge against the land, and must be paid regardless of who is the owner/occupier. If you feel unpaid arrears are the responsibility of the previous owner, contact them direct about reimbursement, or advise your solicitor. If you have recently purchased this property and unpaid arrears appear on your rates assessment, it is in your interest to ensure they are paid immediately.

Remission & Postponement of rates

Statutory provision exists for the Council to remit or postpone rates in cases of extreme financial hardship.  The Council has a policy of considering the postponement of rates where hardship exists.  Postponed rates are a charge against the property and must be paid either at the end of the postponement term or when the property is sold.
Interest will be charged on postponed rates for new applicants at the Council's cost of capital, (currently 10%) without incurring additional charges.

Canterbury Regional Council

The Council acts as agent for the collection of rates for the Canterbury Regional Council who determine their own rates.