Kapi-Mana News : October 18th 2011
21 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2011 NEWS How much your councillors are paid Authority Greater Wellington Wellington Hutt City Porirua Kapiti Coast Upper Hutt Masterton Horowhenua South Wairarapa Carterton Population 483,000 196,000 102,000 52,000 49,000 41,000 23,000 20,000 9,300 7,000 Budget -$000 $345,000,000 $366,000,000 $123,500,000 $64,000,000 $62,000,000 $43,000,000 $35,000,000 $23,000,000 $17,000,000 $13,000,000 $/ratepayer * $714.29 $1,867.35 $1,210.78 $1,230.77 $1,265.31 $1,048.78 $1,521.74 $1,150.00 $1,827.96 $1,857.14 Mayor/Chair $152,409 $159,600 $128,370 $100,900 $92,424 $89,100 $78,100 $76,684 $61,800 $56,900 Deputy mayor/chair $77,000 $137,700 $58,892 $40,288 $36,283 $39,723 $26,527 $26,712 $24,805 $18,807 Committee chair $61,607 -$73,000 $79,700 - $104,650 $51,825 - $66,825 $35,972 $31,812 - $33,942 $29,395 -$37,339 $26,527 $27,362 N/A N/A Deputy committee chair N/A N/A N/A N/A $26,292 - $28,422 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Councillor $54,000 $65,430 $45,065 $28,776 $24,977 $24,986 $20,406 $18,843 $13,522 $14,463 * = Council's annual spend per resident The dosh: The table shows how much the elected representatives are earning, how big their councils are and how free-spending they are with ratepayers' money. The lowdown on salaryofan electedrepresentative By JIM CHIPP How much are we paying our elected representatives? Are they earning their keep? You be the judge. Wellington is the most free- spending council in the region. Its mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, is the highest-paid in dollar terms but the lowest-paid compared to the city s budget, or per ratepayer. Carterton mayor Ron Mark is at the other end of the scale, the lowest-paid mayor and the highest-paid per resident or as a proportion of the district s annual budget. Carterton s councillors are paid slightly better than South Wai- rarapa s, but are easily the highest paid councillors in the region compared to their council s annual budget. South Wairarapa and Carterton share the simplest three-step councillor pay scale -- mayor, deputy mayor and councillors. In general, the bigger the coun- cil, the more complex the pay scale, with the exception of Greater Wellington Regional Council. As well as a mayor, deputy mayor and councillors, Masterton has three committee chairpersons who are paid just over $6000 more than ordinary councillors. Upper Hutt has four committee chairpersons, all on different rates. Kapiti Coast District Council has three committee chairpersons, and also three deputy committee chairpersons, two of who also hold paid community board appoint- ments, and all are paid different rates. Porirua has one committee chairperson, paid an extra $7000. The salary of mayor Nick Leggett is also adjusted down to take account of his right to use his mayoral car privately, as is the salary of Hutt City mayor Ray Wallace. Hutt City s five committee chairpersons are all paid the same rate, $6700 above the ordinary councillor salary, but Roger Styles also collects an extra $15,000 in director fees as council delegate to the board of council-owned water company Capacity. Wellington city has the most complex payment arrangements, so complex in fact that not one councillor is actually paid the councillor salary. As well as the mayor and deputy mayor Ian McKinnon, three committee chairpersons are paid a various premiums and so are nine portfolio leaders. The sole non-chairman or portfolio leader is Simon Marsh, but he is one of seven councillors paid an extra $15,000 as a council- appointed director of a council- controlled company or trust, or company the council has a stake in.Two others receive even more. Councillor John Morrison is paid an extra $18,000 as a director of the Wellington Stadium Trust and Mr McKinnon s deputy mayoral salary is supplemented by $41,000 as a council-appointed director of Wellington International Airport. Greater Wellington has four committee chairpersons. Three, councillors Chris Laidlaw, Barbara Donaldson and Nigel Wilson are paid an extra $19,000 and Judith Aitken, $6600. Regional councillors appointed to boards or council-controlled organisations are not paid additionally. Police support parade By KAROLINE TUCKEY Kapiti Mana road police are sympathetic to the mass of Rugby World Cup fever that has broken out in colour over the region s cars and vans. I ve heard it s got up someone s nose in Auckland, but down here we don t have a problem with it, says Derek Chapman, head of road policing for the area. I think it s a good thing generally. Kiwis have got behind it and are supporting all the teams: there s no us and them mentality. Mr Chapman said he was not sure how many police officers cars had privately been decked out in team colours, but assured Kapi- Mana News that no police would be discriminatory against opposition teams in traffic policing matters. No flags or signs on cars had so far caused any worries for police, in terms of size or safety, he says. If they were sticking straight out from the car bon- net at such an angle that it was knocking over pedestrians or hitting them, then that would concern us. I think a little bit of cel- ebration can be tolerated, Mr Chapman says.
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