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Napier City Council help elderly with rates rebate applications.

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Napier City Council staff made their annual trip to Princess Alexandra Retirement Village in Ahuriri yesterday (26 August) to help residents complete their rates rebate applications.

The Rates Rebates Scheme was established in the early 1970s by central Government to help low income home owners and ratepayers meet the cost of rates. Applications for rates rebates are made through territorial authorities which are then reimbursed by central Government.

"We realised not everyone found it easy to come in to Council to fill out an application, so we decided to go to them," said Rates Supervisor Beth Postlewaight.

"From past experience we know many people apply for a rebate as soon as possible, so given there are quite a number of people living at this particular village who may qualify for a rebate, we’re saving them the trip. We look on it as a special service to this part of our community," she said.

Those Princess Alexandra Retirement Village residents the rebate applied to really appreciated the gesture, said Acting Village Manager Jodie Dunn.

For 2015/16, residential ratepayers who earned up to $24,440 in 2014/15 could be eligible for a rebate of up to $610, while others earning more might also qualify, depending on their rates amount (includingHawke’s Bay Regional Council) and the number of dependants living with them.

How will provincial Hawke's Bay pay for vital new infrastructure ?

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How will provincial Hawke's Bay pay for vital new infrastructure ?

Updated at 9:35 am todayOriginally aired on Nine To Noon, Friday 21 August 2015

 

 

The Government has unveiled a 30 year plan to improve New Zealand's infrastructure. What will this mean for small provincial communities with ageing populations and low rating bases? Hastings Mayor and President of Local Government New Zealand Lawrence Yule.

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Hawke's Bay's economy is deserving of three stars.

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Auckland remains NZ's fastest-growing city - report

Auckland remains New Zealand’s fastest-growing city in the latest ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard.

Having scooped the title from Canterbury in the previous March quarter, Auckland has hung on to the lead in June as the city’s house price inflation puts it in a league of its own.

But before Auckland residents get too comfortable with the pace of growth, ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley points out Auckland was not a top performer across all categories, and the construction outlook is one area which needs to lift higher.

"House price growth might be keeping Auckland in the top spot, but construction needs to really pick up if it is going to meet demand in New Zealand’s fastest growing region," Mr Tuffley says.

Bay of Plenty was boosted to second place on the scoreboard by a better and stronger Kiwifruit industry. While enjoying the strongest jobs growth in the country, the Bay of Plenty is also riding its strong housing market, with some of the strength coming off the Auckland market’s coattails.

Waikato continues to beat the dairy blues with its move into third place on the scoreboard.

Employment growth over the quarter was a standout performer for the region and a positive sign amidst the dairy downturn. Housing market activity continues to improve, with annual sales growth in Waikato taking out the number one spot on the scoreboard.

In other positive news, Mr Tuffley says Waikato’s consumer confidence also rebounded over the quarter.

"Waikato has several reasons why the dairy-related downturn may not be as bad for the region as many fear, with other parts of the economy driving growth," Mr Tuffley says.

Although there’s plenty of economic activity in Canterbury, the region’s growth is plateauing and this has seen its ranking fall down the list to eighth place.

"This plateau is most noticeable in the construction outlook with residential and non-residential consents contracting from last year’s levels.

"Coping with this slowdown will be the next story for Canterbury," Mr Tuffley says.

About the ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard

The ASB/Main Report Regional Economic Scoreboard takes the latest quarterly regional economic statistics and ranks the performance of New Zealand’s 16 regional council areas. The fastest-growing regions gain the highest ratings and a good performance by the national economy raises ratings across the board. Ratings are based on measures such as employment, construction, retail trade and house prices.

Findings this quarter also include:

- Wellington remains on the bottom half of the scoreboard as employment growth only just keeps up with population growth and other categories track below the national average.

- Otago appears to be travelling at two speeds, with Queenstown racing along while Dunedin struggles to keep up.

- Gisborne continues to be under pressure from low population growth and by association a muted housing market. However, surging beef prices may be boosting incomes in the region and contributing to solid employment growth.

- Hawke’s Bay climbed the rankings as horticulture and viticulture continue to do well.

- The ongoing nature of the dairy and oil slump seems to have taken its toll on a number of categories in Taranaki.

The full report is available online at here

Grab some funding and add some creative zing to Napier.

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Are you involved in an arts project, festival, performance or running workshops?

The Creative Communities funding scheme with the help of Napier City Council, has established a local arts funding scheme to help bring your artistic vision to life.

Whether you are an individual, or part of a group or organisation, if you’ve got an idea that can add some creative zing to our city – apply for funding today.

For further information see www.napier.govt.nz keyword ‪#‎creativecommunities‬ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 2015 funding round opens today and closes 4.30pm Friday 28 August.

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