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Draft Annual Plan 2023/24

What we projected this year's rates increase to be (back in 2021)
Proposed rates increase
for 2023/24

What's driving the increase?

We know that 16.9% is a big increase - and it isn’t a plan we make lightly. The increases reflect the cost pressures that are coming at us from all directions: inflation, interest rates, insurance, tougher water regulations and central government reforms and more. Most of these things we have no choice but to fund, and the majority of our funding comes from rates.

Here is a summary of how the 16.9% increase breaks down. Check out the consultation document or the FAQs below for a more detailed explanation of these increases:

  • +4.4% for increased cost of asset replacements (roads, water and wastewater treatment plants and pipes, etc)
  • +3.3% for changes to kerbside collections
  • +2.7% for water supply operating costs
  • +2% for transfer station operations 
  • +1.7% for interest rate increases 
  • +1.6% for electricity costs 
  • +1.2% for small increases across other Council budgets 

Your rates increase will vary depending on the property value and the services you receive

We need to collect just over $7 million more in rates next year (a 16.9% increase), but that doesn't mean everyone's rates will increase by 16.9%. This is because some rates are 'targeted' - or only charged to the people who receive that service - like kerbside collection, or water supply, or wastewater.

Search for your property to see exactly how the proposed changes will affect you

The consultation document also includes some example properties so you can see how the proposed increase effects the different property types.

Online conversation cafe

In addition to in-person meetings we also had an online question and answer session. If you're looking for a specific question please check the video chapters below.

Video chapters
00:00 - Introductions
06:40 - Question: Is this dictated from Central Government?
08:45 - Question: was there an option to have the food waste collection delayed and the cost delayed as well?
09:20 - Question: my rates are upmore than 20%, what is the long term plan for rates increases in future years, can we expect such big jumps in the next 10 years?
11:08 - Question: If Taumata Arowai want to do additional testing can't they fund that themselves?
11:38 - Question: Who has got the new contract for the rubbish collection?
11:55 - Question: My rates are going up to 20.17% so not the average as this is higher for many people, what can I potentially do myself to manage their costs to afford that?
13:30 - Question: Given staff are councils biggest asset, I'd like to know what portion of the rates increase will go towards staff salaries?
15:04 - Question: Is Central Governmentgoing to take over resource management?
16:40 - Question: Is staff pay linked to CPI?
17:48 - Question: What is the estimated rates increase in terms of net value?
18:12 - Question: Can we delay some of the increase until next year to spread it out?
19:20 - Question: Why do I have to pay for a rubbish collection when I live rurally and don't receive a collection service?
20:10 - Question: I know rates rebates are available for some rate payers, so could there be some sort of rebate made available for single income and this would include those who are working and on a single income?
21:22 - Question: How is the benefit of the increase apportioned across the District?
21:55 - Question: If we were to borrow now to offset the rate increase, how much difference is that likely to make?
22:30 - Question: Would it be useful to do an advertising blitz leading up to close off date to make sure that people do submit?
23:00 - Question: Can I come along and listen to the hearing on the 7th of June?
23:25 - Question: Why are you unable to collect rubbish from businesses in town any longer?
25:01 - Question: How can you commit to a waste collection system when the rate increase to cover is only now being consulted on? Are our bins already paid for?
25:38 - Question: What happens to the bins used for businesses in the business zone, do business owners get to keep them?
26:18 - Question: If the 16.9% increase isn't the same for everybody how do I find out what mine is?
26:58 - Question: Why is the cost of drinking water going up by so much?
27:57 - Question: I currently pay a private collector to collect my rubbish, so why do I have to pay for the council collection service when I don't use it?
29:44 - Question: Has there been any thought given to improving the dog pound in Waihou?
31:25 - Question: Who supplies the power for Council services and can we negotiate better deals?
33:28 - Question: Do we need to pay for our new rubbish bins coming in September?
34:36 - Question: Does committing to a 10 year rubbish collection service mean that it's more expensive at first but comparatively less expensive later on or does the rubbish contract cost still ramp up as the contract goes along?
35:07 - Question: What size bin are being delivered to households? Are the rubbish bins the same size as the recycling bin?
36:04 - Question: It'd be awesome to have a pool open year round in Te Aroha or Morrinsville, is there possibility of having an indoor pool facility in either of these two towns?
37:10 - Question: How likely or how often would MPDC actively force sale of a home for unpaid rates?
39:21 - Question: Is there any update on when the recreation ground refurbishment is starting?
41:30 - Question: Do you think it's appropriate to spend over $8m on the Te Aroha pools in the current financial climate?
43:20 - Question: It's disappointing as a person living along that recycles including soft plastics that I pay the same as a family of five in the same street, and the same with as water; Is there any chance MPDC might consider rebates for single occupants who aren't retired and are kind of cross-subsidizing others?
44:52 - Question: Regarding the Te Aroha Spas, is there a possibility that they could introduce a local resident's discount for use?
46:40 - Closing and feedback

More detail

Read a summary of what is being proposed (including what's driving the increase)

Read the draft Annual Plan 2023/24 in full


Submissions are now closed



Council approves 13.79% rates increase

Council this week considered all the submissions on the draft Annual Plan, and voted to make some changes, lowering the total rates increase for 2023/24 slightly to 13.79%.

Council consulted on the draft Annual Plan from 8-26 May, proposing to collect just over $7m more (or 16.9% more) in rates for the year ahead. The main drivers for this significant increase were inflation, asset replacement costs, water supply operating costs and the upcoming changes to the kerbside collection contract.

“We heard loud and clear from the community that we should keep rates increases as low as possible while the cost of living is so high,” said Mayor Adrienne Wilcock.

"Those rising prices impact Council even harder than they hit households, with Local government inflation (based on the Capital Goods Price Index) seeing increases of between 12.9% and 19%. That's because our “basket of goods” includes replacing pipes, maintaining roads, purchasing chemicals for water treatment etc, and a number of items in this basket rely on products that are in short supply worldwide."

“We heard strong feedback from the community that you want us to look to reduce services to get that increase down further – however, we aren't able to make significant cuts to Council services in our Annual Plan. We can make these changes in the next Long Term Plan though, and work is beginning on this now - we will be coming back to the community for some tough conversations over the next 12 months about what is affordable, and what services might need to change." Read more...


Annual Plan 2023/24 Document

Annual Plan 2023/24

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I can't afford this?

If you aren’t going to be able to afford your rates with this increase please contact us to discuss options with our rates team. 

Note that if you had a low income during the 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 financial year, you may be eligible for a rates rebate of up to $700. You can find more information about rates rebates here

Project Timeline


Consultation opens

8 May



Consultation closes

4pm, 26 May



7 June



Council consider submissions and make decisions

7 June


Changes/amendments made to plan and budgets

7 - 27 June



Council adopt final Annual Plan 2023/24

28 June

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