I've been using the Auckland council and Tauranga council ratings database recently.
The Tauranga council ratings database includes property owner names by default, eg,
The Auckland council ratings database does not include property owner names ...
But, the Auckland council website says...
"An owner whose information is included on the rating database may request that council withhold his or her name or postal address (or both) from the rating database (as per Section 28C of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002)."
So why does Auckland council provide the option to remove your name when there is no name to remove?
Tauranga council say....
"Your name and postal address is included in our Rating Information Database required by the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002."
And this is correct, the Act says....
The rating information database made available under subsection (2) must include, for each rating unit in the district, all the information that the local authority holds in its rating information database in relation to that rating unit, including—
(a)the name of the owner of the rating unit; and
(b)the postal address of the owner of the rating unit.
So, we have Tauranga council saying the name must be included by law, but , the auckland council do not seem to comply with the law?
I was just curious as to how the same law is interpreted completely oppositely by two different councils. To me, it seems Auckland council is not complying with the law.
Any ideas? Just curious about this as I've been reading up on a few different laws of late and am getting more interested in stuff like this. There are quite a few other inconsistencies between different councils with respect to the law, especially with the RMA.
 the only thing i can think of, is that auckland council do not consider the online version of the database as the 'official' database. But, still an inconsistency in interpretation.