Section 36

In a nutshell, Section 36 charges are consent holders’ contribution (under Section 36[1] of the Resource Management Act 1991) to funding two main areas.

The first is the monitoring of consents across the region to ensure those who have consents are using them as they should be. The second is contributing a 30 percent share to the science and research of the region’s water resources.

Our region uses water for farming, industry, recreation and day to day life. The use of this precious resource underpins our region’s towns and economy, however, we must use it in a way that is sustainable and maintains our natural 
environment. We achieve this through science, research and environmental monitoring activities to help us

determine how water is allocated, how quality can be maintained and improved, and how the resource is changing over time.

This work involves measuring river flows, groundwater levels, rainfall levels and water quality, and using this information to report, manage, analyse and support decisions that are made about this valuable resource.

View our Section 36 FAQs for further information, or read the Section 36 brochure

Ways to Pay Your Section 36 Invoice

Bill payment

To pay via internet banking log on to your internet banking site. Set up a new payment and select Horizons Regional Council - Debtors from your bill payee options. Please ensure you use your customer number as reference, (eg. 46009). 

You can also manually type in our account number, 02-0630-0024883-003. Please ensure you use your customer number as reference, (eg. 46009). 

Pay at the counter

Payments can be made at any of our offices listed below, using credit card, EFTPOS, or cash.

Palmerston North Regional House, 11-15 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North

Whanganui Regional House
181 Guyton Street
Hours: 8.00 - 4.30

Marton service centre
Hammond Street
Hours: 9.00 - 3.00

Woodville service centre
corner Vogel (SH2) and Tay Streets
Hours: 8.30 - 12.30