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.

Are you eligible?

  • You pay rates on the address you live at
  • You were living there at the start of the rating year (1 July 2022)
  • 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 on 1 July 2022.

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 for the previous year you will receive a letter from us prompting you to telephone to make an appointment, you will need to allow about 15 minutes for this.

You can make an appointment by telephoning:

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

To Complete the Application Form Yourself

Application forms are available from our Council offices/service centres, or if you have access to the internet a form can be downloaded here: www.govt.nz/rates-rebates

Before submitting your application to us, please check the following:

  • You have completed all sections of the rates rebate application form
  • You have signed and dated the application form

You can email your application form to us at enquirycs@timdc.govt.nz

Income Declaration

You will be required to provide accurate information about your income and that of any partner/joint home owner who lives with you, for the tax year 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

Income Examples

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

Proof of income may be required.

More information is available from the New Zealand Government website:


You have until 30 June 2023 to apply for the 2022/2023 rates rebate.