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Rates rebate scheme proves popular with ratepayers

3 January 2007

Over $4 million worth of rates rebates have now been paid out to Christchurch ratepayers under the Government’s rates rebate scheme – more than double that of any other council in the country.

The scheme, administered in Christchurch by Christchurch City Council, aims to provide rates assistance to people who have a low income. It takes into account the total income of the household, and also how many dependants a resident has.

Over 9,000 Christchurch homeowners have now applied to the scheme, with 6,000 receiving the full rebate available of $500.

Ratepayers may be eligible for a rates rebate if they :

  • Are single, live alone and have a low income,
  • Have a total household income (including spouse) less than $20,000;
  • Have a total household income that exceeds $20,000, depending on the number of dependants and the amount of rates; or
  • Are a couple whose only income is New Zealand Superannuation, with an annual rates bill of more than $1,000 and no dependants.

Council posted information to all ratepayers with their last rates accounts, has information on its website ( and has trained staff at all service centres to help people fill out the application form to receive the rebate if they are eligible.

Applications also require a 2006/07 rate account and details of income - this could be a statement from Work and Income, an IRD summary of earnings, a certificate of earnings from an employer(s), a statement of interest from the bank, details of share dividends, a copy of audited accounts if self-employed or any combination of the above.

Applications cannot be processed without all the correct information.

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