Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

A new easy way to pay land and water rates


Media release
10 April 2001

A new easy way to pay land and water rates

From 17 April, Manukau City ratepayers can pay their water and land rate bills at New Zealand Post or Books & More outlets.

Council’s Director of City Services, Wayne Goodley, says that because of the security risk in having cash accepted at ward centres Council had to look at other ways of taking manual payments. “Ideally we’d like people to pay their rates by direct debit, automatic payment or post as these methods are the most secure. But we know that there are many people in the city who prefer to pay in cash and so we need to make sure we provide the most effective way to do that” he says.

He says that this should not be a big change for those who pay rates in person. “Most of our ratepayers who pay this way, also pay bills at Post Shops such as their phone or power bill, or car registration. Now they’ll be able to make just one trip to the Post Office, rather than a second trip to the ward office.”

Payments can still be made at ward centres up until June 30. After June 30 these payments will no longer be accepted at ward centres but Mr Goodley says people can still pay other council bills, such as dog registration and parking fines, at ward centres. He says while council is also looking at NZ Post accepting these other payments in the future, the ward centres and libraries will still remain open to provide information and advice to the community. “Paying water and land rates at New Zealand Post is not about closing down the city's ward centres.”
cont….
-2-

New Zealand Post Retail General Manager, Terence Delaney says “ Our wide network of Post Shops and Books and More outlets are well established and experienced in receipting payments. New Zealand Post has 14 locations within Manukau City compared with the seven council locations. Our nationwide network of shops also offer longer opening hours for customers making manual payments.”

People can pay by cash, cheque or eftpos but not credit card. People can also continue to pay in part payments but they need to take in their rates bill/instalment notice each time. NZ Post will scan in the bar code on the notice before accepting any payments to ensure Council knows who has paid and how much. There is a minimum payment of $10.

“An added feature is a special telephone available in all post shops so people can call council with rates queries. This is a free call and will be answered by 24-hour call centre staff. And of course, Council libraries and ward centres will also be able to assist with enquiries” says Mr Goodley.

More information will be sent to water and land rate payers in their next rates notice or ratepayers can call 262 5104.

ENDS

Media Contact
Yvette Bell
Communications Advisor
Communications Unit
Phone: (09) 2625187
Fax: (09) 2625759
Email: ybell@manukau.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Legal Issues: Gordon Campbell On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

Yesterday’s interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public.

Apoparently, the fuel industry is an oligopoly where the Big Three (BP, Mobil and Z) that import 90% of this country’s fuel also control the supply, pricing, profit margins etc etc, from wharf to petrol pump, thereby all but throttling genuine competition at every stage along the way. More>>

 

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels