Pay rise fair – Hay

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

LO­CAL politi­cians have voted to give them­selves a pay rise.

Auck­land city coun­cil­lors agreed at a meet­ing last week to a 5 per­cent in­crease, or be­tween $2000 and $3000 more a year each.

Com­mu­nity board mem­bers are also in line for an in­crease – but only 1 per­cent.

Mem­bers will re­ceive an ex­tra $100 a year, and chair­men and women will re­ceive $200.

The small con­ces­sion comes af­ter a back­lash from boards over an ear­lier pay pro­posal.

Deputy mayor David Hay said the 1 per­cent in­crease is rea­son­able, given the to­tal fund­ing pool has only in­creased by 0.5 per­cent.

“The Re­mu­ner­a­tion Au­thor­ity ap­proved the fig­ures of $10,000 and $20,000 as be­ing fair and rea­son­able rec­om­pense for what they do.

“We’ve said in­crease it by 1 per­cent. I think that’s fair,” he said.

City Vi­sion-Labour cau­cus leader Richard Northey said the 1 per­cent in­crease was in­sult­ing.

“It’s bet­ter than noth­ing, but I think we can af­ford to give them an ex­tra $500, or 5 per­cent.”

The changes are partly a re­al­lo­ca­tion of funds re­sult­ing from a com­mit­tee reshuffl by the new coun­cil.

The to­tal pool of fund­ing has also been in­creased by $9500 by the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Au­thor­ity.

Coun­cil­lors who lead ma­jor com­mit­tees will in­crease their pay from $75,214 to $78,975.

Pe­seta Sam Lotu-Iiga, who may be jug­gling coun­cil du­ties with a seat in Par­lia­ment next year, re­ceives a spe­cial rate as deputy chair­man of the city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee.

Mr Lotu-Iiga stepped down as chair­man to fo­cus on cam­paign­ing, but will still re­ceive $72,975 as deputy.

The hon­o­rar­ium for mayor John Banks, set by the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Au­thor­ity, will in­crease from $163,418 to $165,284.

Meet­ing al­lowances and fees for those tak­ing part in district plan re­view pan­els have also been in­creased.

The changes will be back­paid to July 1, 2008.

Hon­o­rar­i­ums for the 2008-2009 fi­nan­cial year: Mayor: $165,284 Deputy mayor: $91,143 Ma­jor com­mit­tee chair: $78,975

Mi­nor com­mit­tee chair: $60,352

City de­vel­op­ment deputy chair: $72,975 Deputy chair: $60,352 Coun­cil­lor: $48,855 Com­mu­nity board chair: $20,200

Com­mu­nity board mem­ber: $10,100

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