Thousands of Auckland properties outside main urban areas should brace for higher rates bills, under a new move in the Auckland Council budget to deem them urban for the first time, Stuff reports. The rates upgrade will be an extra $320 for the average household and will be phased-in over the next three years, while businesses, farms and lifestyle properties will pay more. Main areas to be affected are Warkworth, Kumeū/Huapai, Riverhead, Herald Island and Whenuapai, as well as Pine Valley, Hobsonville, Karaka and Drury.

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