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


Lego people 2Once you’ve read through the consultation document, let us know in the submission form below how you feel about Council’s approach to the following proposals:

  • Cyclone targeted rate: Council’s proposal will add a new targeted rate to pay for Cyclone Gabrielle-related costs for a term of 16 years. This is based on completing roading projects over the next six years. Going slower over a nine-year period would reduce some costs but would mean some routes will remain vulnerable to further weather events.
  • Growth: Council’s proposal will continue to unlock opportunities for residential and industrial growth in line with its previously signalled growth strategy. However, we will need to limit the number of areas we have open for growth so ratepayers are not exposed to financial risk. We could open further areas more quickly, but this means more debt and risk to recovering development contributions.
  • Nice-to-have projects: Council’s proposal will mean taking a breather from new nice-to-have projects. This means things like park upgrades, central city improvements, walking and cycling initiatives and new events will not be delivered.
  • Three-year rates and debt plan: Due to the significant costs we are facing, an overall three-year rates and debt plan has been proposed and included in the draft plan. It is based on a debt to revenue ratio of 250 per cent for the next five years and balancing the Council budget by year two.

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.

Make a submission

Submissions close at 5pm Monday 27 May, 2024.

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