What’s happening with the 2024-34 Long-Term Plan?

Hamilton City Council’s most challenging and complex Long-Term Plan has crossed its penultimate hurdle.

After three days of deliberations, budgets, plans and rates for the next 10 years were determined on 6 June 2024.

Council has landed on a 16.5% rates increase in 2024/25 ($9 a week for a median value residential property), with the rates increase reducing by about 1% annually over the following four years (15.5%, 14.6%, 13.5%, 12.5%).

The Long-Term Plan will come back to Council for formal adoption on 4 July.

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Key dates

7-8 November 2023

Elected Members information sessions

The Elected Members receive updated information, modelling and rates scenarios.

Read more about session 1

Read more about session 2

28-29 November 2023

Proposed budget

Council meets to consider the proposed budget, significant forecasting assumptions and Development Contributions Policy.

14 December 2023

Significance and Engagement Policy

Council meets to consider adopting the draft Significance and Engagement Policy.

14 March 2024

Consultation document

Council meets to adopt the Long-Term Plan 2024-34 consultation document.


Read the consultation document


March-April 2024

Community consultation

Council consults with the Hamilton Kirikiriroa community and receives written submissions. 

May 2024

Community feedback considered

Council meets to consider the community feedback. Verbal submissions are heard in late May.


Read the verbal submissions agenda

Read the deliberations report


4 July 2024

Long-Term Plan adopted

Council meets to adopt the Long-Term Plan 2024-34 and set rates for 2024-25.

What did people say about the 2021-31 Long-Term Plan

What’s a Long-Term Plan?

Every three years we develop the Long-Term Plan – setting major projects, budgets and financial strategy (including proposed rate increases) for the next 10 years.

The Long-Term Plan includes a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, which sets the strategic direction for providing infrastructure, as required by the Local Government Act 2002.

Read the current Long-Term Plan

What are our priorities for Hamilton Kirikiriroa?

In 2020 we asked residents what they love about Hamilton Kirikiriroa, and what would make their city an even better place to be.

Public opinion factored strongly into the development of Council’s five priorities:

  1. Shaping a city that’s easy to live in
  2. Shaping a city where our people thrive
  3. Shaping a central city where people love to be
  4. Shaping a fun city with lots to do
  5. Shaping a green city.

These priorities guide our decision-making in improving Hamilton’s social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing.

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Last updated 14 March 2024