Annual Plan 2022/2023

Welcome to Horowhenua District Council's 2022/2023 Annual Plan, adopted by Council on 29 June 2022. The Annual Plan identifies the services and projects we plan to deliver in the 2022/2023 financial year, and also sets out Council’s budget and rates for the year.

This Annual Plan corresponds to year 2 of the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021-2041; the document which sets Council’s strategic direction and budget for the next 20 years.

We were guided by feedback from our community as we developed the LTP. We heard how important it was to you to have quality infrastructure, a resilient water supply and ensure growth is offset by those moving to our district. As Horowhenua continues to experience unprecedented growth, one of our key priorities remains investing in the core infrastructure – whether that is building it new, upgrading, or improving the maintenance of the service. We remain committed to that, which is why we are closely following what was agreed upon for year 2 of the LTP.

The year ahead

Through the Annual Plan 2022/2023, Council is prioritising projects to improve infrastructure and optimise development opportunities within our district without compromising on wellbeing initiatives that are crucial to supporting a thriving community.

We’ve put together a two-page summary to give you a quick overview of what your rates are spent on and key projects we’ll progress during the year.

The full document, as well as the summary, can be viewed below:

2022/2023 Annual Plan(PDF, 5MB)
2022/2023 Annual Plan Summary(PDF, 231KB)


Will my rates increase by 7.0%?

Council’s income from rates is increasing by 7.0% for this financial year. This does not mean your rates will increase by exactly 7.0% as your rates are determined by where you live, the services you receive and the valuation of your property.

Why are my rates increasing?

We are committed to managing our finances well on behalf of the community while still providing great services and delivering important projects. A large portion of Council’s income comes from rates. Without a rates income increase, we will not be able to deliver everything we need to, to ensure our district remains a great place to live. Our focus continues to be on operating as efficiently as possible to ensure our communities rates are going towards the things that count. We are pleased to know that we are delivering on this, with the fourth lowest operating spending per ratepayer amongst all New Zealand councils (2021 Ratepayers Report, New Zealand Taxpayers Union).

What are my rates spent on?

Rates are spent on a number of projects and services across the district. You can view a breakdown of what your rates pay for in the two-page summary above.