Where your rates go

Stylised illustration of the city.

To give you some idea of how your rates are spent if you're a resident, here's the split for the average residential ratepayer with a property CV (Current Valuation) of $526,940 and rates at $2,324.34.


Activity Grouping Activity 2013/14
Arts and cultural activities Access and support for community arts  $        3.21
  Arts and cultural festivals  $      12.38
  Arts partnerships  $        8.98
  Cultural grants  $        5.40
  Galleries and museums (WMT)  $      45.36
  Regional Amenities  $        4.43
  Visitor attractions (Te Papa/Carter Observatory)  $        6.60
Arts and cultural activities total    $      86.36
Building and development control Building control and facilitation  $      32.26
  Development control and facilitation  $      20.94
  Earthquake risk mitigation - built environment  $      11.21
Building and development control total
 $      64.41
City promotions and business support Convention venues  $      16.02
  Destination Wellington  $           -  
  Events attraction and support  $           -  
  Grants and creative workforce  $      10.92
  Regional and external relations  $        4.51
  Retail support (free weekend parking)  $           -  
  Tourism promotion (PWT)  $           -  
City promotions and business support total  $      31.46
Community support Access support (Leisure Card)  $        0.20
  Community advocacy  $        7.32
  Community centres and halls  $      15.19
  Grants (social and recreation)  $      24.82
  Housing  $           -  
  Libraries  $    137.10
Community support total    $    184.63
Conservation attractions Conservation visitor attractions (Zoo and Zealandia)  $      42.03
Conservation attractions total    $      42.03
Gardens, beaches and green open spaces Beaches and coast operations  $        6.99
  Biodiversity (pest management)  $        7.98
  Botanical gardens  $      31.13
  Community environmental initiatives  $        2.31
  Local parks and open spaces  $      55.32
  Roads open spaces  $      57.95
  Town belts  $      30.62
  Walkways  $        3.01
Gardens, beaches and green open spaces total  $    195.32
Governance, information and engagement City archives  $        8.61
  City governance and engagement  $      69.81
  Civic information  $      40.52
Governance, information and engagement total  $    118.95
Māori and Mana Whenua partnerships Māori and Mana Whenua partnerships  $        1.64
Māori and Mana Whenua partnerships total  $        1.64
Public health and safety Burials and cremations  $        6.07
  City safety  $        9.98
  Public health regulations  $      13.76
  Public toilets  $      17.12
  WEMO  $        9.17
Public health and safety total    $      56.09
Recreation promotion and support Marinas  $        1.43
  Playgrounds  $        6.36
  Recreation centres  $      51.62
  Recreation partnerships  $        4.12
  Recreation programmes  $        4.84
  Sportsfields  $      28.89
  Swimming pools  $      86.20
Recreation promotion and support total
 $    183.46
Stormwater Stormwater management  $    313.03
Stormwater total    $    313.03
Transport Cycle network  $        3.63
  Network-wide control and management  $      25.90
  Passenger transport network  $        2.09
  Pedestrian network  $      43.47
  Road safety  $      29.95
  Transport planning  $        3.83
  Vehicle network   $      94.43
Transport total    $    203.31
Urban planning, heritage and public spaces development Built heritage development  $        8.12
  Public spaces and centres development  $      12.92
  Urban planning and policy  $      13.56
  Waterfront development  $      18.15
Urban planning, heritage and public spaces development total  $      52.75
Waste reduction and energy conservation Energy efficiency and conservation  $           -  
  Waste minimisation, disposal and recycling management  $        3.28
Waste reduction and energy conservation total  $        3.28
Wastewater Sewage collection and disposal network  $    171.91
  Sewage treatment  $    181.02
Wastewater total    $    352.93
Water Water collection and treatment  $    162.04
  Water network  $    272.65
Water total    $    434.69
Grand total    $ 2,324.34

Illustration - Your Rates in Action