16 Dec 2010

Councillors gain pay rises in planned reallocation

5:14 pm on 16 December 2010

Politicians elected to Auckland's new council are to get a pay rise following the distribution of funds aimed at rewarding those with extra workloads.

The Auckland Council is an amalgamation of eight councils in the region and came into being on 1 November.

Councillors on Thursday approved without dissent mayor Len Brown's recommendations on the distribution.

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse is the biggest winner - her salary goes up from $80,000 to $120,000.

An extra 16,000 for each of the three main committee chairpersons lifts their salaries to $90,000, while the pay of the remaining councillors rises by $8000 to $88,000.

The mayor's salary remains fixed at $240,000.

After setting base salaries for councillors the Remuneration Authority allowed them to apportion a further $200,000 to those with extra duties.