The nature of Maori Land is different to general land, and ownership structures or other circumstances may leave it unimproved or only partially occupied. The Council may remit or postpone rates on Maori Land properties in certain circumstances.
On 2 April 2020 the Council agreed to a package of measures to help alleviate financial stress faced by many businesses and households in our city as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The package includes offering a rates payment extension of up to six months for eligible ratepayers who are experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic, and a three month rent holiday for some of the Council's commercial tenants.
You can read more on Newsline or find out more about eligibility and how to apply for a rates payment extension.
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Maori Land which is legally set aside as a Maori reservation is legally non-rateable, so is not charged any rates except those related to water supply, sewerage, and rubbish collection.
However, other Maori Land may be either unoccupied, unimproved, or only partially occupied, and may qualify for a remission or postponement of rates under Council's Remission & Postponement Policy of Rates on Maori Land.
To qualify, the land must be formally recognised as Maori Customary Land or Maori Freehold Land under the relevant legislation. It should meet some or all of the following criteria:
Remission or Postponement is not intended to be permanent, and recipients may be asked to confirm the land's status and/or provide additional information from time to time.
To find out more, please contact us by phone on (03) 941 8999 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.