Big pay rise for uni boss

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Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury Vice-Chan­cel­lor Rod Carr re­ceived a pay rise of at least $90,000 in the last fi­nan­cial year, new fig­ures show.

The State Ser­vices Com­mis­sion’s Se­nior Pay Re­port out­lines re­mu­ner­a­tion for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion institutions’ chief ex­ec­u­tives within $10,000 bands.

It shows Carr’s re­mu­ner­a­tion climbed from be­tween $550,000 and $559,999 in 2014-15 to $650,000$659,999 in the year to June 2016. The univer­sity said the in­crease was made in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mis­sion when it re­sized his role to re­flect his ad­di­tional earth­quake re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

It also ex­plained that $31,000 of the in­crease was back-pay from the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year.

A spokes­woman said Carr, who was ap­pointed to the role in 2009, had been lead­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion ‘‘through a crit­i­cal pe­riod of the Can­ter­bury earthquakes and their on­go­ing af­ter­math’’.

‘‘Dr Carr has seen a $550 mil­lion in­surance claim set­tled and in­sti­gated a $1.1 bil­lion build­ing pro­gramme across [the] 87-hectare cam­pus.

‘‘Cantabri­ans have been fac­ing a unique and un­prece­dented set of chal­lenges in a dra­mat­i­cally changed and chang­ing city, with the univer­sity also fac­ing on­go­ing im­pact [on] en­rol­ments and en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Re­mu­ner­a­tion fig­ures out­lined in the re­port in­cludes ben­e­fits paid in cash (base pay, per­for­mancere­lated pay, su­per­an­nu­a­tion) or ben­e­fits paid in kind, which in­clude com­pany cars or ad­di­tional an­nual leave.

If a board wants to in­crease a chief ex­ec­u­tive’s re­mu­ner­a­tion, it must con­sult with State Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Peter Hughes, who of­fers guid­ance on what are con­sid­ered rea­son­able in­creases.

‘‘We need to make sure we pay well enough to get highly skilled and qual­i­fied peo­ple lead­ing our gov­ern­ment agen­cies, but we also need to en­sure the salaries paid are de­fen­si­ble,’’ Hughes said.

Massey Univer­sity Vice-Chan­cel­lor Steve Ma­harey pock­eted an in­crease of at least $40,001 from be­tween $550,000 and $559,999 in 2014-15 to be­tween $600,000 and $609,999 in 2015-16.

A spokesman said the in­crease in­cluded a ‘‘per­for­mance (or atrisk)

‘‘The re­mu­ner­a­tion is jus­ti­fi­able, as it is com­pa­ra­ble to sim­i­lar roles na­tion­ally.’’ Univer­sity spokes­woman

com­po­nent to the salary based on the achieve­ment of goals agreed by [the univer­sity] coun­cil’’. The big­gest earner in the ter­tiary sec­tor was Auck­land Univer­sity Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Stu­art McCutcheon. He banked at least $20,001 more in 2015-16 than the pre­vi­ous year, tak­ing him to a to­tal of be­tween $710,000 and $719,999.

Auck­land Univer­sity was re­cently ranked 82nd in the QS World Univer­sity rank­ings.

Otago Univer­sity Vice-Chan­cel­lor Har­lene Hayne’s pay cheque jumped at least $20,001 to be­tween $590,000 and $599,999.

‘‘The re­mu­ner­a­tion is jus­ti­fi­able, as it is com­pa­ra­ble to sim­i­lar roles na­tion­ally,’’ a spokes­woman said.

Vic­to­ria Univer­sity Vice-Chan­cel­lor Grant Guil­ford re­ceived a more mod­est in­crease of at least $10,001, putting his salary at be­tween $540,000 and $549,000.

Chan­cel­lor Sir Neville Jor­dan, said Guil­ford’s salary in­crease re­flected the univer­sity’s achieve­ments and ‘‘was within the range of in­creases pro­vided by the com­mis­sion’’.

The com­mis­sion’s re­port said the av­er­age per­cent­age in­crease in the ter­tiary sec­tor was 3.8 per cent.

As ju­nior doc­tors pre­pare for a sec­ond strike over pay and con­di­tions next Tues­day, a union is tak­ing aim at salary in­creases given to dis­trict health board (DHB) bosses.

The State Ser­vices Com­mis­sion’s Se­nior Pay Re­port out­lines chief ex­ec­u­tive salaries in the pub­lic sec­tor for the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year. It showed that DHB bosses re­ceived an av­er­age pay rise of 2.6 per cent, dou­ble the av­er­age in­crease across the board.

‘‘Cer­tainly, it’s not help­ful in a col­lec­tive agree­ment ne­go­ti­a­tion to have the chief ex­ec­u­tives say ‘you cost too much, we can’t af­ford any rea­son­able in­creases’ but at the same time get­ting a good in­crease them­selves,’’ said As­so­ci­a­tion of Salar­ied Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ists ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ian Powell.

David Meates, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Can­ter­bury and West Coast DHBs, moved from a pay band be­tween $570,000 and $579,999 to be­tween $580,000 and $599,999.

South Can­ter­bury DHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Trainor also re­ceived a payrise, from be­tween $270,000 and $279,999 to be­tween $290,000 and $299,999.

Other bosses to re­ceive in­creases in­cluded those from Waitem­ata, Bay of Plenty, Coun­ties-Manukau, Hawke’s Bay, Lakes, Tairawhiti and Whanganui DHBs.

Nel­son Marl­bor­ough DHB cur­rently has an act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive af­ter Chris Flem­ing moved to South­ern DHB last year, but the po­si­tion’s pay has in­creased from be­tween $410,000 and $419,999 to be­tween $440,000 to $449,999.

Chief ex­ec­u­tives’ re­mu­ner­a­tion is set by their boards af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the state ser­vices com­mis­sioner. Chiefs had no in­put, but Powell be­lieved they could refuse pay rises.

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