Where the money goes

The Council gets its money from a range of sources, including rates, borrowing, money from user charges and government grants, such as for Te Kaha, shovel-ready projects, and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for roading.

This section outlines how much money comes from each source and what we will spend it on this year, including both operating spending and capital investment.

Where the money comes from

In 2023/2024, only 45% of our total funding will come from your rates, as shown in the table below.

Sources of Council funding %
Rates 45%
Borrowing 24%
Fees, charges and operational subsidies 12%
Capital contributions, grants and subsidies 10%
Dividends and interest 7%
Development contributions 1%
Transfer from reserves 1%
Total 100%


What we will spend this year

In 2023/2024, we will spend a total of $1.54 billion on operating and capital costs. The table below shows where the Council plans to spend the funding collected.

The other classification includes $94 million of interest costs either externally recovered or not allocated to Groups of Activities. Capital expenditures for Te Kaha and IT projects are also included.

Total Council spending, by activity $000 %
Other $400,937 26%
Three waters $319,066 21%
Transport $238,495 15%
Communities and citizens    
Recreation and sport $74,063 5%
Libraries $54,217 4%
Community development and facilities $25,083 2%
Art Gallery / Museums $24,456 2%
Communities and citizens – other $14,205 1%
Parks, heritage and coastal environment $122,544 8%
Solid waste and resource recovery $71,781 5%
Debt repayment $59,568 4%
Regulatory and compliance $50,978 3%
Strategic planning and policy  $33,377 2%
Governance $19,368 1%
Economic development $19,280 1%
Housing $16,318 1%
Total $1,543,736 100%