Reporter: Phil Vine Headingly, on the outskirts of Nelson, isn't a place that normally sees much conflict. It's a rural community with green pastures and sea views. But that lifestyle is being threatened by a Council move to rezone the area from rural, to mixed business. Residents say they had no warning that their rates would at least double. Eve is 84 - her new rates take up a quarter of her pension. Max's rates has gone up from $3,000 to almost $12,000. Serena, who's trying to give kids the idyllic rural upbringing she had, now feels that's under threat.
They say their rates are skyrocketing - but nothing has changed. The only addition is a new sewer pipe running through Headingly Lane - which is too expensive for them to connect to anyway. They're still on septic tanks. They say the Council has stonewalled their attempts to find out about the rates hike. The Mayor says that's not true, but he can't provide any evidence that it was communicated. Residents have asked for a ratings remission or postponement. Council rejected them both. But the Mayor's now considering options. He also says he has an anonymous developer interested in the land. Residents say they feel like they're being moved on.
Has your rates gone up? Mine has - 40% over the last 5 years.
Has your wages gone up?