Pay cut a shock for deputy mayor

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua Deputy Mayor Liz Kelly says the decision by her col­leagues to cut her salary by 10 per cent last week ‘‘came com­pletely out of left field’’.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion for set­ting elected mem­bers’ re­mu­ner­a­tion for the next 12 months, Ms Kelly’s $40,288 salary and Euon Mur­rell’s $ 35,972 for be­ing the com­mit­tee chair were re­viewed.

Coun­cil­lor ‘Ana Cof­fey moved an amend­ment to in­crease Mr Mur­rell’s salary by 5 per cent and re­duce Ms Kelly’s by 10 per cent.

The Re­mu­ner­a­tion Au­thor­ity sets the salary pool avail­able to elected of­fi­cials.

The coun­cil­lors them­selves can only de­ter­mine how that pool is di­vided up, ex­clud­ing the salary of the mayor.

‘‘I think the re­mu­ner­a­tion should re­flect the change in the role [for Mr Mur­rell, as the sole com­mit­tee chair] and the ex­tra work that he has done,’’ Ms Cof­fey said.

It was passed, with only coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas and Ms Kelly op­pos­ing.

Ms Kelly later told Kapi-mana News there had ob­vi­ously been dis­cus­sion be­fore Thurs­day’s meet­ing, which she was late to be­cause of a ra­dio in­ter­view, dur­ing which she de­fended Mayor Nick Leggett’s pay rise.

His salary will rise from $100,900 to $105,400 from July 1. ‘‘Can you see the irony there? ‘‘ I was blown away by this decision. It came com­pletely out of left field and would have liked at least a heads-up.

‘‘For me, though, you don’t be­come a coun­cil­lor or deputy mayor for money – if you do, you’re in the wrong ca­reer.

‘‘But the rea­son I voted against it is that I do plenty of work as deputy mayor, at­tend­ing events and step­ping in for Nick at meet­ings, some that last all day.’’

Each coun­cil­lor will re­ceive $28,776, un­changed from the pre­vi­ous year.

The ipad trial for coun­cil­lors will end on July 1. Coun­cil­lors who wish to re­tain an ipad will have to buy it.

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