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Source: Taxpayers Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union’s 2019 Ratepayers’ Report, local government league tables available at, reveals the highest and lowest average rates in the country.
Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “The main attraction of Ratepayers’ Report is the league table for average residential rates. This year’s table, which uses a standardised formula to include all residential rates, local taxes, and levies, has a new champion of high rates that will come as little surprise for local ratepayers.”
“Under the stewardship of Mayor Phil Goff, Auckland is now extracting even more in rates, taxes, and levies from the average ratepayer than last year’s highest-rating council, Western Bay of Plenty.”
“It’s not just the large councils that are squeezing ratepayers. Carterton comes in third, justifying its ‘rates resistance’ by charging more than three grand a year.”
“Conversely, last year’s lowest-rating council was Mackenzie District Council, has now been pipped by Southland and South Waikato district councils who charge around half what Auckland Council does.”
Key stats:
Average residential rates (nationwide): $2,370
National average rates increase: $90
Highest rates (2017/18):
Auckland: $3387
Western BOP: $3192
Carterton: $3133
Manawatu: $3035
Tasman: $3006
Whakatane: $2905
Porirua: $2877
Waitomo: $2791
Kapiti Coast: $2772
Wellington: $2755
Previous year:
Western BOP: $3163
Auckland: $3136
Tasman: $3053
Nelson: $2883
Carterton: $2844
Waitomo: $2692
Porirua: $2692
Manawatu: $2670
Whakatane: $2600
Thames-Coromandel: $2567 
Lowest rates (2017/18):
Southland: $1737
South Waikato: $1780
Mackenzie: $1796
Grey: $1846
Ashburton: $1850
Opotkiki: $1876
Wairoa: $1880
Hurunui: $1947
Kawerau: $2002 
Whangarei: $2060
Previous year:
Mackenzie: $1593
Ashburton: $1647
Southland: $1669
Grey: $1762
Wairoa: $1779
South Waikato: $1780
Hurunui: $1863
Kawerau: $1943
Invercargill: $1991
Dunedin: $1994
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“By calculating and comparing average residential rates the Report arms ratepayers with information during this year’s local elections. It may even motivate some ratepayers to ‘vote with their feet’, injecting talent and wealth into those districts that keep costs down.”
Unitary authorities (Auckland Council, Nelson City Council, Gisborne, Tasman, and Marlborough District Councils) perform the functions of a regional council and therefore can be expected to have higher rates than other territorial authorities.
More about the Report is available here, and specific methodology for calculating average rates is here.