Residents of a small town in Rangitikei met on Sunday afternoon to plan a fight back against a proposed rates increase of up to 40%.
About 70 locals met in Koitiata to discuss the rise, which is flagged in the Rangitikei District Council's 10-year plan and proposes charging a common rate across the region for water and sewerage services.
Koitiata Residents' Committee chairperson Keith Gray says residents don't use those services because most have their own septic tanks and water supplies.
Mr Gray says with fuel and other costs going up, many locals, who are on fixed incomes will struggle to cope.
He says a protest will most likely happen outside the district council's chambers at its next meeting later this month.