Your rates

All property owners in Canterbury pay rates. There are different types of rates that make up the total you pay. You can also find out how activity is funded through your rates using our Rates Tool.

How your rates are calculated

Environment Canterbury collects different types of rates.

  • General rates — are charged based on the capital value of your property and location.
  • Targeted rates — are charged where there is a specific benefit to the property owner. Occasionally there is a ‘targeted’ rate that is charged to everyone as the funds are targeted to a specific piece of work eg the Civil Defence Emergency Management.
  • Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) — There is also a Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) that can be charged: this is essentially a ‘general rate’ but it is the same for every property ie not based on value or location of the property.

Rates are not the only source of income for Environment Canterbury. We also receive grants from other agencies, for example the significant income from NZTA for the public transport system, and user-payers when a specific fee for a service is charged eg bus fares. 

Setting rates

When setting rates and fees/charges, we need to balance what is affordable for the community and who should pay for the activity, with the outcome that the activity will give the community and how quickly it needs to be achieved. It isn’t possible to do all the things that need doing immediately, so this balance is crucial to keeping rates affordable and activity on track. 

As rates vary from property to property, we talk about ‘total rates revenue’ when talking about rates increases or decreases. Eg a 4% rates increase won’t necessarily mean your individual rates will increase by 4%, this percentage applies to the total income from rates received. We have a policy limit on rates increases of 5.3%.

Rates Tool

You can use the Rates Tool to see how the different portfolios and programmes of work are funded in general terms in project view and also geographically in map view.

Rates Tool.

Rate comparisons for selected properties

The table shows examples of 2019/20 rates for selected properties across Canterbury. Not all districts are represented in this table of examples; it is provided here to give indicative numbers.

View the Annual Plan 2019/20 (PDF File, 35.12MB).

Your actual rates may differ from those shown as rates are based on where you live, the capital value of your property, and the mix of general and targeted rates for your property location.  

Rates comparison
Rates comparison for selected properties. GST included.
DistrictLast valuationCapital value of property 2019/20Capital value of property 2018/192019/20 rate2018/19 rateMovement in $ terms
Kaikoura - rural Sep-18 $2,090,000 $2,090,000 1,017.19 $1,023.03 -$5.84
Kaikoura - urban   $380,000 $315,000 227.86 $198.93 $28.93
Hurunui - Rural Sept-16 $1,860,000 $1,860,000 872.98 $850.76 $22.22
Hurunui - urban   $340,000 $340,000 165.05 $156.16 $8.89
Waimakariri - Rural Aug-16 $5,100,000 $5,100,000 2,340.58 $2,198.42 $142.17
Waimakariri - rural   $3,715,000 $3,715,000 1,723.81 $1,642.01 $81.81
Waimakariri - urban Rangiora   $395,000 $395,000 310.89 $296.46 $14.43
Waimakariri - urban Kaiapoi   $420,000 $420,000 301.08 $270.53 $30.55
Christchurch - rural Wairewa Aug-16 $1,270,000 $1,270,000 $1,291.51 $1,425.84 -$134.32
Christchurch - rural Kaituna   $335,000 $335,000 $478.74 $461.60 $17.13
Christchurch - urban City   $570,000 $570,000 $432.49 $399.12 $33.37
Christchurch - urban Kainga   $440,000 $440,000 $244.38 $244.51 -$0.14
Christchurch - urban Lyttelton    $450,000 $450,000  $337.67   $302.76 $34.91
Christchurch - urban Akaroa    $485,000  $485,000 $224.93  $202.86  $22.07 
Ashburton - rural Jul-18 $4,960,000 $4,080,000 $3,943.66 $3,467.58 $476.09
Ashburton - urban   $330,000 $270,000 $181.64 $165.85 $15.79
Selwyn - rural Lincoln Jul-18 $6,500,000 $6,500,000 $3,293.58 $3,206.67 $86.91
Selwyn - rural Dunsandel   $12,200,000 $12,200,000 $5,413.90 $5,263.12 $150.77
Selwyn - urban Lincoln   $495,000 $475,000 $362.53 $333.69 $28.84
Selwyn - urban Leeston   $425,000 $340,000 $246.54 $167.34 $79.19
Timaru - rural Sep-17 $2,310,000 $2,310,000 $1,064.90 $968.79 $96.11
Timaru - urban City   $320,000 $320,000 $215.97 $191.05 $24.92
Timaru - urban Temuka   $285,000 $285,000 $213.54 $190.61 $22.93
Timaru - urban Geraldine   $310,000 $310,000 $206.24 $189.40 $16.85
Timaru - urban Pleasant Point   $355,000 $355,000 $314.22 $301.88 $12.34
Mackenzie - rural Jul-17 $5,050,000 $5,050,000 $2,558.17 $2,601.26 -$43.09
Mackenzie - rural   $3,530,000 $3,530,000 $1,716.42 $1,599.46 $116.96
Mackenzie - urban Fairlie   $280,000 $280,000 $213.55 $196.72 $16.84
Mackenzie - urban Tekapo   $750,000 $750,000 $348.91 $308.58 $40.33
Mackenzie - urban Twizel   $345,000 $345,000 $177.08 $157.59 $19.49
Waimate - rural Jul-16 $5,715,000 $5,715,000 $2,657.14 $2,458.75 $198.40
Waimate - rural   $6,250,000 $6,250,000 $2,885.29 $2,683.60 $201.68
Waimate - urban   $250,000 $250,000 $153.81 $139.92 $13.89
Waitaki - rural Sep-17 $2,620,000 $2,620,000 $1,273.27 $1,265.99 $7.29
Waitaki - rural   $8,800,000 $8,800,000 $4,490.81 $5,059.99 -$569.19
Waitaki - urban Kurow   $280,000 $280,000 $240.36 $224.94 $15.42
Waitaki - urban Otematata   $230,000 $230,000 $121.19 $107.07 $14.12

Note: rates have been calculated using valuation information available at the time this report was prepared.