An update on the case law applying to rates and what it means for the design of revenue and financing policies. Featuring an analysis of the recent decisions in the Auckland rating case.

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About this event

What do electricity corporatisation in the 1980s, a cinema in Wednesbury, England, and a Generation Z person sacked for having red hair all have in common?  

In their own way, each of them has shaped the approach that courts take to challenges to local authority funding decisions in this country.  

After something of a hiatus, challenges to rates based on administrative law and on application of the funding policy developments of the Local Government Act are becoming more common.  

This webinar was planned to take place in 2022, but has been held over until the Supreme Court ruled in the case C P Group and others vs Auckland Council (aka the rating of hotels case).  

Jonathan and Mike have well over forty years of collective experience in the law of rates and will discuss the challenges, and how you can apply them to your own revenue policies and rates. This includes the pitfalls councils encounter and what to do should your policy be challenged.  

Who should attend?

This webinar is for those who are writing a revenue and financing policy, considering change to the rating system, or facing a challenge themselves. This could include finance managers, rating professionals, and chairs and members of finance or audit and risk committees.

Please register one ticket for your council on the Taituarā website. Leading up to the event, a Zoom link will be sent to you, to register on Zoom before attending. This can then be forwarded to anyone in your council who would like to attend. 

Note: this event is being recorded and will be made available to registrants 7-10 working days after event completion. 

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact


Jonathan Salter
Special Counsel , Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Mike Wakefield
Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile