As per New Zealand’s legislative framework, kiwifruit growers have the right to apply for a reassessment of their property valuations either voluntarily or following an “extraordinary event.”
Such events that can trigger the reassessment include:
Each application for reassessment must be accompanied by evidence supporting the claim for loss in licence value. It’s also important to note that the reassessed value must preserve uniformity with other comparable plots of land, ensuring fairness in the reassessment process.
NZKGI strongly advises all growers to apply for reassessment, especially during these extraordinary events, to maintain uniformity in value across all kiwifruit parcels of land. Be mindful that growers will be required to cover the reasonable costs of the valuation reassessment, which will be payable to their respective councils.
To aid growers in the application process, we have created a letter template. This template can be adapted to fit your specific circumstances and be sent as a letter or attached as an email. Due to potential postal delays, we highly recommend sending your application via email.
Please find below the contact details of the councils:
If your council is not listed above, you can find your respective councils’ details on their website via google.
We urge all kiwifruit growers in NZ to utilise this process to ensure their property rates are accurate and reflective of their current property’s value. If you have any questions or need further guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Senior Policy Analyst, Abby Van De Ven here.
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