Rates Rebates

Rates & Property

Rates Rebates

The Rates Rebate Scheme is a partial rebate for eligible low income ratepayers who pay rates on their home to Council.

You may be eligible if:

  • You pay rates on the address you live at
  • You were living there at the start of the rating year (1 July 2023)
  • Your name is on the rates bill

The rates rebate will be calculated on your household income, total rates and the number of dependents living with you as at 1 July 2023.

A quick way to check your eligibility is to visit www.govt.nz/rates-rebates and use the online rebate calculator.

Application process

If you received a rebate in the previous rating year you will receive a letter from us to advise that we are now accepting applications for the 2023/24 rating year.

We encourage you to complete and return the application form without the need to make an appointment with us.

Application forms are available from our Council offices/or from the Temuka or Geraldine Service Centres, forms can be downloaded at bottom of this page or you can find them here: www.govt.nz/rates-rebates

Please ensure all sections of the application form have been completed, signed and dated.

Once the application form has been fully completed, this can be dropped into one of our offices, posted to us, or emailed to customer@timdc.govt.nz

If you do require assistance to complete the form, you can arrange an appointment time at a place most convenient to you by contacting us:

Timaru District Council Offices03 687 7200
Geraldine Library Service Centre03 693 9336
Temuka Library Service and Information Centre03 687 7591

At your appointment, staff will assist you to complete the application form.

Income Declaration

Include all sources of gross income for the tax year 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 for you/you and your partner/joint homeowner.

Income Examples

  • NZ Superannuation
  • Personal Superannuation (includes overseas)
  • Wages or Salary
  • Work and Income Benefits
  • Work and Income Supplements (eg Accommodation)
  • Working for Families Tax Credits
  • Interest/Dividends
  • Trust Income
  • ACC earnings compensation
  • Net Business Income
  • Net Rental Income
  • Overseas Income (converted to $NZ)
  • Income from other sources

Proof of income may be required.

Any rebate entitlement will be deducted from the rates due on the property.

More information is available from the New Zealand Government website:


Applications for the 2023/24 rating year close 30 June 2024