Tauranga Council vote on salaries
Some councillors will be getting paid more than others after Tauranga’s newly elected mayor and councillors confirmed their roles on the council’s committees.
The decision, along with how they will divide their pay pool, was made at the first council meeting yesterday.
As it stands, Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell will receive $159,431 per year plus a vehicle of his choosing up to a budget yet to be decided on.
The deputy mayor will get $139,563 per year.
A chairperson standing on a committee will receive an annual salary of $121,276, while a deputy chairperson standing on a committee will get $108,763.
A councillor with no additional responsibilities will get $96,251.
The above are all based on a proposed remuneration for councillors report presented by the Remuneration Authority at yesterday’s meeting.
The mayor and councillors voted on how to divide the pay pool that has been allocated to them by central government’s Remuneration Authority, which has increased the size of council pay pools across New Zealand.
The mayor and councillors decided that committee chairs and deputy chairs should receive a significantly larger proportion of the pool than the other councillors.
Along with the salaries, the mayor and councillors confirmed the chair and deputy chair roles for each of the council’s committees.
Urban Form and Transport
Chair: Deputy Mayor Larry Baldock
Deputy chair: Heidi Hughes
Chair: Steve Morris
Deputy chair: Dawn Kiddie
Projects, Services and Operations
Chair: Kelvin Clout
Deputy chair: Jako Abrie
Finance, Audit and Risk
Chair: Mayor Tenby Powell (interim)
Deputy chair: Tina Salisbury
All councillors and a tangata whenua representative will serve on each of these four committees.
Mayor Tenby Powell says the appointments set a positive platform for the future.
“This is an opportunity to create positive working relationships in our committees so we can better serve our community.
“Together, we can work towards the common goal of making Tauranga a better place for everyone.”