Deputy mayor val­ued

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

I am writ­ing in re­gards to the re­cent ar­ti­cle around our city coun­cil­lors ac­cept­ing that the deputy mayor’s salary be cut by 10 per cent to align with the com­mit­tee chair. As a per­son who works across sec­tors and in the com­mu­nity on a reg­u­lar ba­sis I was very shocked to see this con­sid­er­ing the amount of work Liz Kelly does for Porirua City both lo­cally and re­gion­ally.

I am re­ally strug­gling to un­der­stand the ra­tio­nale be­hind this no­tion, as the com­mit­tee chair’s role, work­load or sta­tus does not com­pare with a deputy mayor of a city. I have not done the re­search around this yet, but would be sur­prised if other city coun­cils in NZ shared the same view on salary scales for deputy may­ors com­pared to com­mit­tee chairs.

The mayor of Hutt City re­cently stated on ra­dio he was shocked to hear this had hap­pened as he sees Mrs Kelly rep­re­sent Porirua pro­fes­sion­ally on a re­gional scale con­sis­tently and he hoped it wasn’t per­sonal. I sin­cerely hope this isn’t a per­sonal at­tack on Mrs Kelly from her col­leagues as many res­i­dents would agree with me that she does more than enough at all lev­els to earn the orig­i­nal deputy mayor salary.

CAS­SIUS KURESA, Ti­tahi Bay. heart is. Are you se­ri­ously say­ing a com­mit­tee chair works harder than our deputy Liz Kelly?

N MAKA, As­cot Park.

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