Long Term Plan

Waikato District Council is on a journey towards a sustainable community you can be proud of.

The Long Term Plan is the story of that journey and sets the direction we're heading in for the next 10 years. It describes the activities of your Council across the district and outlines how the activities are managed, delivered and funded. Want to know more about where we're going?

Where we've been Where we're going

Fees and Charges 2012-2014

Long Term Plan Volume 1

Long Term Plan Volume 2

We're also developing the Long Term Plan for 2015-25 which will come into effect on 1 July 2015 and need you to be part of the discussion

Learn more here

 Here's a summary of key decisions from the 2012-22 submission process

  • Council will use the Local Government Funding Agency as a source of funding in the future with savings on interest to go towards the general rate.
  • Council adopted a transitional rates remission policy for a two year period to help address increases in rates brought about by the merging of two rating systems and the alignment of valuation dates.
  • Operating grants have been added across the 10 years of the plan for the Waikato Coalfields Museum, Raglan Museum and Tuakau Museums, at $50,000, $20,000 and $5,000 respectively. The following organisations receive one-off grants for 2012/13.

                                        The Ngaruawahia Volunteer Fire Brigade                  


                                        St John Te Kauwhata


                                        Ngaruawahia Community House


                                        Opus Orchestra


                                        Waikato River Alive


  • A further $5,000 per year from 2012/13 - 2015/16 has been allocated from Council's Events Fund to help support the FIFA under 20’s World Cup.
  • Council decided the direct costs of running the Onewhero-Tuakau, Huntly, Taupiri, Ngaruawahia, and Raglan Community Boards will be recovered through a uniform targeted rate for each communities.
  • Council decided to adopt the proposal to redirect existing funding to in-house resourcing to facilitate economic development; to work closely with the business sector and improve our processes for a more positive business environment.
  • The conversion rates for non-residential developments within the policy have changed; the factors for roading will go down, but the three waters factors increase. Council also revised their growth assumptions to reflect actual development activity and staging. The approach to growth is still conservative.
  • Dog registration fees and charges will go forward as detailed in the draft plan. All dog owners will be presumed ‘approved’ unless infringements occur within a 12 month period. Dog owners who meet specific conditions may be eligible as 'selected' owners and will pay lower fees accordingly. This means an $85 fee with a $20 discount for payments made before 1 August. Fees go up for those owners who incur infringements.
  • The proposal for a voluntary rate to help home-owners take advantage of the Warm-up New Zealand Heat Smart scheme will not go ahead.

Audit opinion
Matters Relating to the Electronic Presentation of the Report to readers of the Long-Term Plan
This audit report relates to the Long-Term Plan of Waikato District Council for the ten years commencing 1 July 2012 included on the Council’s website. Waikato District Council is responsible for the maintenance and integrity of its website. We have not been engaged to report on the integrity of Waikato District Council’s website.

We accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the Long Term Plan since they were initially presented on the website. The audit report refers only to the Long Term Plan named above. It does not provide an opinion on any other information which may have been hyperlinked to or from the Long-Term Plan. If readers of this report are concerned with the inherent risks arising from electronic data communication they should refer to the published hard copy of the audited Long-Term Plan as well as the related audit report dated 26 June 2012 to confirm the information included in the audited Long Term Plan presented on this website. Legislation in New Zealand governing the preparation and dissemination of financial information may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.