A raft of new initiatives designed to create greater community resilience, improve freshwater health, and realise the Northland region’s collective potential have been adopted in Northland Regional Council’s (NRC) Long Term Plan 2021-2031.
Chair Penny Smart says the council will spend over $243 million over the next three years, with significant boosts to biosecurity, managing water catchments, and building resilience to climate change.
Overall, the council’s rates bills will increase 21 per cent in year one of the Long Term Plan, an average increase of about $83 per ratepayer.
This will be followed by increases of 14 per cent in year two and 9 per cent in year three.
Councillors collectively believe the increase is necessary for Northland to stay strong and continue growing in changing times, says Chair Smart.