This memorandum is not part of the determination, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This determination amends the Local Government Elected Members (2010/11) (Auckland Council and Local Boards) Determination 2010 (the principal determination) and is deemed to have come into force on the same day as that determination. The principal determination, which was made under the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009 (that is, before the Auckland Council was established) but continued under section 87 of the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010, sets out the remuneration, expenses, and allowances for the mayor of Auckland, the Auckland councillors, and the chairpersons and members of the 21 local boards established under the new local government structure for Auckland.
As indicated in the principal determination, the Authority consulted on additional remuneration for some members to reflect additional responsibilities. After consultation, the Authority decided the following matters, which are reflected in the amendments made by this determination to the principal determination:
the remuneration of the mayor of Auckland and the chairpersons of local boards is unchanged:
in the case of the governing body, to recognise, by increased remuneration, the positions of deputy mayor and chair of committees of the whole. The Auckland Council was unable to identify any variation in responsibility among other councillors, but requested that a payment be made equally among the remaining council members. Mindful of its commitment in the principal determination to undertake a full review of Auckland Council and local board remuneration during the 2011/2012 financial year, the Authority declined to increase the salary component of councillors until this has taken place. It did, however, agree that the additional duties undertaken by councillors during the establishment period be recognised by an annual allowance. This allowance will be continued for the 2011/2012 financial year. After the setting of remuneration post the review to be undertaken, the allowance will cease in the 2012 year:
in the case of local boards, the Authority also sought recommendations for remuneration for those board members who were required to undertake additional duties. The response of boards varied, with some refusing to make recommendations, some seeking to remunerate all board members additionally, and some establishing a deputy chairperson position. The Authority has determined that it will set a rate for a deputy chairperson of each board to reflect the expected additional responsibilities of such a position. Where a local board determined not to appoint a deputy chairperson, the payment lapses.
Additionally, this determination includes provision for mileage, travel time, and communications allowances that mirror those promulgated for all other local authorities.