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2024-2034 Long Term Plan Incorporating amendment to Revenue and Financing Policy and Draft Development Contributions policy



Kei a koe te anamata/Nōu te ao |Our future starts with you

On this page you will find an overview of the issues and what we are consulting on in the 2024-2034 Draft Long Term Plan. The Long Term Plan pulls together all of our expected activities, major projects, income and costs, and forecasts rates over the next 10 years.

In the previous Long Term Plan, our council had a strong focus on supporting growth activity – investing in infrastructure for residential housing, and industrial and commercial development, to provide for growth and generate better outcomes for the community.

A lot has been achieved, but post-Covid and Cyclone Gabrielle, the economic environment is now very different and unpredictable, and it is important to carefully consider how we move forward with new projects to enable growth, as well as support business as usual given the financial risks. 

Our plan is to tackle the impacts from the cyclone head on, to address the immediate needs of the recovery through the introduction of a new targeted rate to fund that work. At the same time, this plan keeps debt within our borrowing limit, but there’s no doubt it’s a real challenge, and servicing the debt will have a significant impact on rates.

Through this planning process we are asking you to consider our preferred options for some of the big-ticket items and how we’ll pay for them. We also want to hear what you think about where we have identified we could take a pause to save some money.

Whether you agree or disagree, or have different suggestions, please let us know. We look forward to your feedback.

Submissions close at 5pm Monday 27 May, 2024.

Public drop-in sessions


If you would like to discuss the draft plan with councillors and Hastings District Council staff, there will be public drop-in sessions at the following dates and times:


  • Flaxmere Community Centre, Saturday 11 May, 2pm-4pm
  • Hastings District Council Chambers foyer, Tuesday 14 May, 5pm-7pm
  • Clive Community Hall, Wednesday 15 May, 5pm-7pm
  • Mackersey Family Pavilion, Havelock North Thursday 16 May, 5pm-7pm
A Facebook Live session will also be held on the Hastings District Council Facebook page on Tuesday 21 May from 5pm-5:30pm for our rural community and those not able to attend a drop-in session in person.


Where will your rates go?

Our rates are shared out across a huge range of projects and facilities. To help you understand where the money goes, click on the button below. This graphic shows how each $1000 of rates is averaged out.

Where do our rates go?

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