Rates Rebates Information

Did you know that you may be eligible for assistance with your rates as part of the Government's Rate Rebate scheme to provide assistance towards rates for Superannuatants and lower income property owners.

The amount of rebate depends on a combined income of all property owners, the amount of rates charged, and may include the number of dependants you have. This is not means tested or based on your current savings balance, only on income.

How much..

The maximum rebate for the 2016/2017 rating year is $610.00

Where it comes from..

This pool of money comes from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and is funded from the Government taxes pool.

How often do I need to apply..

Whilst applications are initially gathered and applied to your rates account by council staff, all applications are processed fully by the Department of Internal Afairs. (DIA)

Once Council has recieved all of your paperwork, this is then forwarded to the DIA, no information is kept on file by Council from year to year. The Rebate must be applied for, fresh each year.

When and how to apply..

The rating year for this rebate runs from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. It is now time to make an appointment.


Hurunui   District Council Amberley Office

66   Carters Road, Amberley

Phone   03 314 8816

Cheviot   Service Centre

39 Hall   Street, Cheviot

Phone   03 319 8862

Hanmer   Springs Library/Service Centre

Cnr   Amuri Avenue and Cheltenham St, Hanmer Springs

Phone   03 315 7912

Amuri   Community Library / Service Centre

Amuri   School, School Rd, Culverden

Phone   03 315 8946

Waikari   Medical Centre

100   Princes St Waikari

Phone   03 314 8816


Service Centre’s / Libraries – available dates and time – please phone to make an appointment

Amberley   Office  03 314 8816

Appointments   for Amberley from Monday 18 July 2016 to Friday 19th August 2016 will   be:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 8.30am to 11.30am.   and

Tuesday and Thursdays – 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

Wednesday   mornings only 8.30am to 11.30am from 22nd August 2016 onwards.


Other   appointments times/locations as below:






Thursday   21 July

9.00am   to 2.00pm

Monday 8 Aug

 9.00am to 3.00pm



Tuesday   26 July

10.00am  to 3.00pm

Tuesday   16 Aug 10.00am to 3.00

Tuesday   13 September 10am to 3.00pm

Hanmer   Springs

Thursday   28 July

12.15pm   to 3.00

Thursday   4 August    12.15pm to 3.00




Thurs   11 August 9.00am to 3.00pm




To discuss Rate Rebates please contact  Denise Sutherland (03)3148816 ext 2

What to bring..

Information you need to bring:

Bring your latest rates assessment, along with evidence of your gross household income
for the tax year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

Source of Income

Evidence to bring

Interest & Dividends

Bank or company tax certificates

Any payment from WINZ for the “full year”

No income evidence required

Any payment from WINZ for the  a part year

Contact IRD for a Certificate of Earnings


Gross income for the tax year ended 31 March 2016. Your employer or the IRD can provide this.

Self Employed

Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016. Your accountant or tax agent can provide this – this must include a list of expenses claimed from IRD.

You cannot apply for a rebate if you..

Family Trusts

These are more complex and you are best advised to telephone Denise or Kevan 03 3148816 ext 2 and discuss this before you make your appointment.
For more information on rates rebates you can visit www.dia.govt.nz