Landscape photograph of Whangarei

Concerns about the Whangarei District Council raising the rates for motels have been alleviated, as the Council has opted to drop the rates increase. Moteliers in the region were bracing for a rate increase by an average of 73 percent. Fears were that this would put many small operators out of business.

The increased rates were part of the Council’s Long Term Plan. Motel operators met the rates-hike with staunch criticism, and so the council has opted to leave motel’s rates unchanged.

Motels will still get the standard annual rates increase of about 2 percent, a much smaller increase than what was initially feared.