Policy applying from 1 July 2022.
The city contains a number of Māori land properties that are either unoccupied and unimproved or partially occupied. This can create a significant rating burden on the Māori owners, who often do not have the means or, in some cases, the desire to make economic use of the land.
Often this is because of the nature of the ownership, because the land has some special significance making it undesirable to develop or reside on, or is isolated and marginal in quality.
The Council has recognised that the nature of Māori land is different to general land and has formulated this policy to deal with those differences.
The following Policy on Remission and Postponement of Rates on Maori Freehold Land [PDF, 440 KB] applies from 1 July 2023.