Paying your rates

​​​​​​​​​Rate instalments due dates 2017-18​ rating year

Rates will be collected by quarterly instalments on the following dates or on the first working day after this date.  Payments will be applied to the oldest debt first.​​​

InstalmentDue​​​ date
​One25 August 2017
​Two2November 2017
​Three25 February 2018
​Four25 May 2018​​

​​Paying rates when you own multiple properties (rating units)​

If you have a property with multiple rating units, or you own multiple rating units around the district, you will need to ensure you identify each of the rating units when you make payments. Please go to rating units with multiple parts​ for more information​.

​Direct De​bit ​​​​​

​Direct debit is the preferred payment option.

Council offers direct debit by either instalment (on the due date), monthly (on the 20th) or fortnightly. Council will provide you with notification on how much will be deducted from your nominated bank account and you will not need to worry about instalment due dates. As Council calculates and deducts the amount due to clear the rates by the end of each rating year, you won't run the risk of forgetting to pay and incurring a late payment penalty. There is no extra charge for this payment option.​

Please note that your rates need to be up-to-date before a direct debit can the set on a rates account.

​How to set up direct debit

​Simply complete a Direct Debit Form  and return to us by post or in person for processing (please print both pages - the terms and conditions on the second page must be seen to be part of the form). Written confirmation will be sent to you once the direct debit authority is in place.  ​

Do not scan, fax or take the form to your bank to set up.  This is direct debit is initiated by Council and therefore the form needs to be received by Council.​

​Internet or telephone banking​

​Please ensure the following details are given:

Council  ​Bank Details 

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) | Waitaki District Council |  Account number:​ 02 0940 0156400 00 

 ​You MUST provide your assessment number and surname or company names as a reference for payments.​​

​Ratepayers with automatic payments are responsible for keeping these up to date.  This means ensuring the amounts are sufficient to clear the rates by all of the required due dates, that the Assessment References are correct, and that they are cancelled if a property is sold​.

​​In person​

You can pay your rates by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or by Credit Card* at the Council offices. The main Council office is located at 20 Thames Street, Oamaru.  We also have a service centre at 54 Tiverton Street, Palmerston.​

*Due to the increasing use of credit cards to pay rates and the related increasing cost to Council of this payment method, Council will now add a  to cover the cost of this payment option. 


You can post a cheque payment with your account information to​: Waitaki District Council, Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444.​ 

 Do not post cash payments.

Page reviewed: 07 Jul 2017 3:35pm