Whangārei councillors accept their pay rises
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.