New chair­man gets salary lift

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Grow Welling­ton’s new chair­man is to get a hand­some salary in­crease af­ter less than a month in the job.

Paul Mersi took over from Mur­ray McCaw at the end of June. Mr McCaw was paid $20,000 a year, and board mem­bers were paid $15,000.

A re­port by Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil pol­icy ad­viser Kate O’Re­gan noted that Mr Mersi would need to spend time com­ing up to speed with the Welling­ton Re­gional Strat­egy and Grow Welling­ton’s pro­gramme to im­ple­ment it.

A re­cent re­view of the strat­egy iden­ti­fied the need for an im­proved re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Welling­ton Re­gional Strat­egy com­mit­tee and the Grow Welling­ton Board.

‘‘The $5000 ad­di­tional re­mu­ner­a­tion does not ap­pear to be ad­e­quate,’’ Ms O’Re­gan wrote.

She rec­om­mended pay­ing Mr Mersi $30,000 a year and the coun­cil ap­proved unan­i­mously.

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