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  1. Ian Apperley, 11. August 2016, 18:14

    Yep. And you get nothing for it either. With three businesses in hand, the rates bill is astronomical. If I could move to Lower Hutt or Porirua, I would.

  2. Jack Little, 11. August 2016, 20:57

    I think they forgot to include Nick Leggett’s authorisation statement on this PR.

  3. CC, 11. August 2016, 21:08

    The business sector needs to get real. Have any of them bothered to check the residential differences between Wellington and Auckland. Thought not! Besides, they don’t pay the rates anyway, they add it on to their prices and act as tax collectors and no doubt have a collectors margin factored into their costings. Then of course, according to John Milford, they expect the residential ratepayers to front up for their airport extension and all the other ‘good for business nice to haves’ that they demand and most of the Councillors support.
    Ian – nothing to stop you shifting. Do it and stop the bleeding moaning. There is really nothing to stop you, or is it far more profitable to be in Wellington despite the rates?

  4. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 11. August 2016, 21:12

    Residential rates aren’t exactly light either, and will rise faster than commercial rates. [via twitter]

  5. time for change, 11. August 2016, 21:14

    Leggett’s property campaign funder mates are signalling here what the payback will be if Nick is elected mayor. Commercial load down. Relief on heritage rules. Seismic strengthening subsidies up. Paid for by residential rates up, more user pays. Will he close pool days and library hours like in Porirua?

  6. CC, 11. August 2016, 21:47

    What does Justin Lester, the executive member of the Property Council, have to say about his organisation’s bleating? He, no doubt, realises that the residential differential between Wellington and Auckland is at least 50% higher than the commercial rate!

  7. Hamish G, 11. August 2016, 21:53

    Looks like Leggett’s got the property developers doing his bidding (again). No surprises given tonight’s murmurings on Twitter that the latest polls show Coughlan could take the mayoral race.

  8. CPH, 11. August 2016, 22:01

    Let’s see … Leggett has promised lots more spending plus he wants to decrease rates for his property developer mates. I wonder where he’s going to make up the difference? (Hint: YOUR rates bill!!)

  9. CC, 11. August 2016, 23:09

    Time for a change: you are signalling no change if Leggett gets in (God forbid)? Look at the promises of the other main contenders – increased rates are on the way at an even heavier residential loading.

  10. Trevor Hughes, 12. August 2016, 10:29

    If businesses want stupid loss-making liabilities like the convention centre and runway extension they should pay more rates, not less.

  11. Celia WB, 12. August 2016, 12:15

    Wellington CBD Office space is much cheaper overall than Auckland – or Australia. A whole of city view must consider transport costs, land costs, capital value and the cost and quality of living for employees. The capital’s significant advantages for business and residents mean we have got the balance about right. Investment in arts, public space, beaches and reserves, public safety, sports and libraries attracts talent around the world. Competitive cities benefit both businesses and residents and attract tourists, students and further investment. ”

    In the Wellington CBD, the average total occupancy cost is $345/per square metre, compared with a national average of $399/per square metre, and approximately 46% lower than Auckland’s average of $553 per square metre (Colliers)

  12. Anabel, 12. August 2016, 15:54

    Another irrelevant cost spin. What about ratepayer costs in subsidized profits for these big companies most owned by foreign interests? People and the WCC have forgotten the function of WCC. It’s not tourism, not “competition with other cities”, not supporting big private companies or trying to “attract” foreigners .