Whangārei coun­cil­lors ac­cept their pay rises

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

Whangā rei's dis­trict coun­cil­lors have re­sound­ingly re­jected the mayor's idea to ask the Prime Min­is­ter to freeze pay rises — and ac­cepted their pay in­creases.

A re­port de­tail­ing the coun­cil­lors' pay rises for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year, ex­ter­nally set by the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Au­thor­ity, was tabled at last week's coun­cil meet­ing. The mayor rec­om­mended writ­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter ask­ing that lo­cal au­thor­ity pay rates be treated the same as cen­tral gov­ern­ment and frozen. She was the only one in favour.

Mai will get a 3.3 per cent pay rise, taking her salary from $139,881 to $144,526. Deputy mayor Sharon Mor­gan and stand­ing com­mit­tee chairs get a 2.9 per cent in­crease, from $60,684 to $62,493.

Other coun­cil­lors will also re­ceive the 2.9 per cent in­crease, taking their pay from $48,548 to $49,995.

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