Funding of community halls

Funding of Community Halls
We’re looking at changing how we fund our community halls and we want to know what you think.

Public consultation on this issue closed at 5pm on Friday 1 September 2017.​​​​

What happens currently?

We have 18 community halls / recreation centres across Waipa district that receive funding through rates. The cost of running and maintaining these halls are funded by our rural ratepayers who are located in a hall zone. Of our 7865 rural ratepayers, 4469 fund our halls.

There are a further nine halls across the district that do not receive any funding from Council rates.

If you pay towards a community hall, you’ll see a similar line to this on your rates invoice:
Funding of community halls Rates invoice example.PNG

Search for your rates invoice online: Rating Information Database.

We also have three town halls in Cambridge, Pirongia and Kihikihi. These halls are fully funded by urban ratepayers - those of you who live in town. This cost is included on your rates invoice under the ‘Property’ activity. We’re not proposing to make any changes to how town halls are funded.

The following halls currently receive rates funding:

  • Fencourt​
  • Kaipaki Settlers Hall​
  • Koromatua
  • Monavale
  • Ngahinapouri
  • Ohaupo
  • Horahora
  • Karapiro
  • Maungatautari
  • Parawera
  • Paterangi
  • Pukeatua​​
  • Rangiowhia
  • Rukuhia
  • Te Miro
  • Pirongia Sport
  • Whitehall Settlers​
  • Hautapu
The following nine halls do not currently receive any rates funding:
  • Kairangi
  • Pokuru
  • Roto-o-Rangi
  • Te Rahu
  • Te Rore
  • Wharepapa South​
  • Mangapiko
  • Puahue
  • Te Pahu 
Who manages community halls?

The rural community halls are owned and operated by hall committees made up of local volunteers.

The halls are used for a number of community events, including meetings and functions and can be hired out to the public.

How is the money spent?

Currently, each hall decides how much their ratepayers should fund the hall based on how much they need to cover their operating costs and how many houses are within their hall zone.

This means how much you pay towards your local hall will vary depending on where you live. Currently the costs range from $13 - $43.

For example in 2017/18:

  • A rural ratepayer in Rukuhia pays $26.10 a year as part of their rates to fund the Rukuhia hall.
  • A rural ratepayer on Goodwin Road pays $42.50 a year as part of their rates to fund the Kaipaki hall.
  • A rural ratepayer who lives in Wharepapa South does not pay a targeted rate to fund halls.

The problem with this approach

There are a further nine community halls across the district that do not receive any rates funding, but some would like to. Some of these halls are located in an area where there is already another hall being paid for. If we stick with our current funding approach, it would mean where hall zones overlap some ratepayers could end up paying for multiple halls.

​The second issue is the current funding approach isn’t always enough to cover the cost of major maintenance projects, such as a new roof or flooring.

We don’t think this is quite right.

What we're proposing

Option 1

We’re proposing every rural ratepayer (including those who currently don’t pay a hall rate) would pay a set amount as part of their rates bill. We would expect this to be around $20 per dwelling.

This money would be used to pay a set amount to each hall (including those who currently do not receive any funding) on an annual basis to help cover regular costs - power, insurance, minor maintenance etc.

​The rest of the money would go in to a fund held and managed by Council. Every community hall (including those who currently do not receive any rates funding) could apply to the fund to receive money for major maintenance projects only. Any new capital development would need alternative funding.

​For example: A hall needing a new roof would apply to the fund and Council would make a significant contribution to the work.

Option 2

The other option is we keep doing what we do now. This means those rural ratepayers who fall in the zone of a community hall will pay a targeted rate to fund that hall. It also means if there are multiple community halls in your catchment area you could pay for multiple halls.

For example: Rural Pirongia ratepayers who currently pay $13.80 per year for the Pirongia sport and recreation centre could also pay another targeted rate to fund the Te Rore hall.

With this option there is no Council fund for major maintenance projects.

What do you think?

​We want to know which option you think is best.

All submissions need to be received by Waipa District Co​uncil by 5pm on Friday 1 September 2017.​​​

How to make a submission

  • Online: Fill out the online submission form​​​ now.
  • Download and post or email:  Submission Form - Fun​ding of community halls [PDF, 135KB, 2 pages]
  • Send an email:​ with "Funding of community halls​" as the subject.
  • Deliver to:
    • Waipa District Council, 101 Bank St, Te Awamutu
    • Waipa District Council, 23 Wilson St, Cambridge
  • Post to:
    • Waipa District Council
    • Attn: Funding of community halls
    • Private Bag 2402
    • Te Awamutu 3840

Once we’ve reviewed your feedback we’ll come back to you with a ​preferred option and final figures for you to comment on as part of our 2018-28 10-Year Plan in March 2018.

Page reviewed: 04 Sep 2017 8:30am