Welcome to the 2018 Ratepayers’ Report

Prepared by the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union and our sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance.

All information shown was compiled from freedom of information requests and the most recent annual reports published by each council. For more information about the methodologies used, refer to the Q&A at the bottom of this page.

“Per ratepayer” figures are based on the number of ratepayers (properties) supplied by each council. Please note that this differs from the 2017 edition (which used "per residential ratepayer". Comparable/time series data is available on request.


  • For more information about a particular council click its name.
  • Councils can be filtered by type using the Key below and can also be ranked by clicking the next to each header.

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