Local Government Members (2016/17) (Canterbury Regional Council) Determination 2016

Determination

1 Title

This determination is the Local Government Members (2016/17) (Canterbury Regional Council) Determination 2016.

2 Commencement

This determination comes into force on the day after the date on which the official result of the 2016 triennial general election of members of the Canterbury Regional Council is declared.

3 Expiry

This determination expires on the close of 30 June 2017.

Interpretation

4 Interpretation

In this determination, unless the context otherwise requires,—

ATA panel means a panel appointed by the Canterbury Regional Council under section 89 of HASHA

ATA panel hearing time has the meaning given by clause 6

ATA resource consent hearing has the meaning given by clause 5

ATA resource consent hearing fee means a fee payable in accordance with clause 12 for attending an ATA resource consent hearing

member, in relation to the Canterbury Regional Council, means—

(a)

a person who has been elected to membership of the transitional governing body under the Local Electoral Act 2001 (as modified by section 11 of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016); and

(b)

a person who has been appointed to membership of the transitional governing body under the Local Electoral Act 2001 (as modified by section 11 of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016); and

(c)

a person who, as the result of further election or appointment under the Local Electoral Act 2001 (as modified by section 11 of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016), is an office holder in relation to the Canterbury Regional Council (for example, as chairperson of a committee of the territorial authority)

RMA hearing time has the meaning given by clause 8

RMA resource consent hearing has the meaning given by clause 7

RMA resource consent hearing fee means a fee payable in accordance with clause 13 for attending an RMA resource consent hearing.

5 Meaning of ATA resource consent hearing

(1)

In this determination, ATA resource consent hearing means a hearing that—

(a)

is held by an ATA panel; and

(b)

arises from—

(i)

an application for a resource consent under subpart 2 of Part 2 of HASHA:

(ii)

a request for a plan change or for a variation to a proposed plan under subpart 3 of Part 2 of HASHA.

(2)

To avoid doubt, in this determination, ATA resource consent hearing does not include—

(a)

a hearing of submissions as part of the process of the preparation of the district or regional plan; or

(b)

a hearing relating to a change or variation in a district or regional plan requested by the Canterbury Regional Council or the local board; or

(c)

any other hearing not specified in subclause (1).

6 Meaning of ATA panel hearing time

(1)

In this determination, ATA panel hearing time

(a)

means the time spent by a member hearing a matter referred to in clause 5(1); and

(b)

includes the time spent by a member—

(i)

at any formal ATA panel deliberations in relation to an ATA resource consent hearing; and

(ii)

at a formal site inspection as part of a group inspection; and

(iii)

in determining a notified ATA resource consent application where a formal hearing does not take place.

(2)

In this determination, ATA panel hearing time

(a)

also includes the time spent by a member—

(i)

preparing for an ATA resource consent hearing; or

(ii)

inspecting a site, not being a formal site inspection under subclause (1)(b)(ii); but

(b)

does not include the time referred to in paragraph (a) to the extent that it exceeds the aggregate of the time spent by the member—

(i)

hearing a matter referred to in clause 5(1); and

(ii)

on the formal deliberations referred to in subclause (1)(b)(i).

7 Meaning of RMA resource consent hearing

(1)

In this determination, RMA resource consent hearing means—

(a)

a hearing arising from a resource consent application made under section 88 of the RMA; or

(b)

a hearing arising from a notice of requirement given under section 168 of the RMA; or

(c)

a pre-hearing meeting held under section 99 of the RMA in relation to a hearing referred to in paragraph (a) or (b); or

(d)

a hearing relating to a request for a change to a district or regional plan or policy statement under clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the RMA; or

(e)

a mediation hearing in the Environment Court as part of an appeal from a decision of the Canterbury Regional Council; or

(f)

a hearing on an objection against a charge fixed by the Council under section 36 of the RMA.

(2)

To avoid doubt, in this determination, RMA resource consent hearing does not include—

(a)

a hearing of submissions as part of the process of preparation of a district or regional plan or policy statement; or

(b)

a hearing relating to a change or variation to a district or regional plan or policy statement requested by the Council or the local board; or

(c)

a hearing relating to a notice of requirement initiated by the Canterbury Regional Council or the local board; or

(d)

any other hearing not specified in subclause (1).

8 Meaning of RMA hearing time

(1)

In this determination, RMA hearing time

(a)

means the time spent by a member hearing a matter referred to in clause 7(1); and

(b)

includes the time spent by a member—

(i)

at any formal committee deliberations in relation to an RMA resource consent hearing; and

(ii)

at a formal site inspection as part of a group inspection or as part of a pre-hearing meeting described in clause 7(1)(c); and

(iii)

in determining a notified resource consent application where a formal hearing does not take place.

(2)

In this determination, RMA hearing time

(a)

also includes the time spent by a member—

(i)

preparing for an RMA resource consent hearing; or

(ii)

inspecting a site, not being a formal site inspection under subclause (1)(b)(ii); but

(b)

does not include the time referred to in paragraph (a) to the extent that it exceeds the aggregate of the time spent by the member—

(i)

hearing a matter referred to in clause 7(1); and

(ii)

on the formal deliberations referred to in subclause (1)(b)(i).

Canterbury Regional Council members

9 Remuneration and allowances payable to members of Canterbury Regional Council

The remuneration and allowances payable to the members of the Canterbury Regional Council are—

(a)

the remuneration set out in the Schedule; and

(b)

the allowances payable in accordance with clauses 10 and 11; and

(c)

the RMA resource consent hearing fees payable in accordance with clause 13.

Allowances

10 Vehicle mileage allowance

(1)

The Canterbury Regional Council may pay a member of the Council a vehicle mileage allowance for travel by the member on the Council’s business.

(2)

An allowance may be paid to a member under subclause (1) for each day within the period of this determination that—

(a)

the member is not provided with a vehicle by the Council; and

(b)

the member is travelling—

(i)

in a private vehicle; and

(ii)

on the Council’s business; and

(iii)

by the most direct route that is reasonable in the circumstances.

(3)

The allowance is payable, in relation to each day for which the member qualifies under subclause (2),—

(a)

in accordance with subclause (4); but

(b)

if the travel is between the member’s residence and the nearest office of the Canterbury Regional Council, the allowance is payable only for the distance travelled on that day that exceeds the threshold distance.

(4)

The allowance payable to a member is—

(a)

$0.74 per kilometre for the first 5 000 kilometres travelled within the period of this determination for which the allowance is payable:

(b)

$0.37 per kilometre for any distance over 5 000 kilometres travelled within the period of this determination for which the allowance is payable.

(5)

If a member is not a member for the whole of the period of this determination, subclause (4) applies as if each reference to 5 000 kilometres were replaced by a reference to the number of kilometres calculated in accordance with the following formula:

(a ÷ b) × 5 000

where—

a

is the number of days during the period of this determination that the member held office

b

is the number of days in the period of this determination.

(6)

In this clause,—

on the Council’s business includes travel between a member’s residence and an office of the Canterbury Regional Council

threshold distance means the shorter of the following distances:

(a)

the distance equivalent to a round trip between the member’s residence and the nearest office of the Canterbury Regional Council by the most direct route that is reasonable in the circumstances; or

(b)

30 kilometres, if the distance equivalent to a round trip between the member’s residence and the nearest office of the Canterbury Regional Council is greater than 30 kilometres by the most direct route that is reasonable in the circumstances.

11 Communications allowance

(1)

If the Canterbury Regional Council determines that particular communications equipment and services are required by members to perform their functions, and members choose or are required to use their own equipment and communication services, the Council may pay an allowance for the period of this determination in accordance with this clause.

(2)

The amounts and matters in respect of which the allowance is payable are as follows:

(a)

for the use of a personal computer, $150:

(b)

for the use of an electronic tablet, $150:

(c)

for the use of a printer (with or without a scanner), $40:

(d)

for the use of a mobile phone, $60:

(e)

for an Internet connection (with or without a telephone connection), $250:

(f)

for council-related toll and mobile phone charges, $400.

(3)

The total amount payable to a member under subclause (2) must not exceed $1,050.

(4)

If the member is not a member for the whole of the period of this determination, subclauses (2) and (3) apply as if each reference to an amount were replaced by a reference to an amount calculated in accordance with the following formula:

(a ÷ b) × c

where—

a

is the number of days during the period of this determination that the member held office

b

is the number of days in the period of this determination

c

is the relevant amount specified in subclause (2) or (3).

(5)

The Remuneration Authority may approve rules proposed by the Canterbury Regional Council to meet the costs of installing and running special equipment or connections where, because of distance or restricted access, normal communications connections are not available.

Resource consent hearing fees

12 Fees for attending ATA resource consent hearing

(1)

A member who acts as the chairperson of an ATA resource consent hearing is entitled to be paid a fee of $100 per hour of ATA panel hearing time.

(2)

A member who is not the chairperson of an ATA resource consent hearing is entitled to be paid a fee of $80 per hour of ATA panel hearing time.

(3)

For any period of ATA panel hearing time that is less than 1 hour, the fee must be apportioned accordingly.

(4)

Despite subclauses (1) and (2), ATA resource consent hearing fees are not payable to—

(a)

the Chairperson of the Canterbury Regional Council; or

(b)

members who are undertaking full-time duties.

13 Fees for attending RMA resource consent hearing

(1)

A member who acts as the chairperson of an RMA resource consent hearing is entitled to be paid a fee of $100 per hour of RMA hearing time.

(2)

A member who is not the chairperson of an RMA resource consent hearing is entitled to be paid a fee of $80 per hour of RMA hearing time.

(3)

For any period of RMA hearing time that is less than 1 hour, the fee must be apportioned accordingly.

(4)

Despite subclauses (1) and (2), an RMA resource consent hearing fee for a pre-hearing meeting held under section 99 of the RMA is payable to only 1 member.

(5)

Despite subclauses (1) and (2), RMA resource consent hearing fees are not payable to—

(a)

the Chairperson of the Canterbury Regional Council; or

(b)

members who are undertaking full-time duties.

Miscellaneous matters

14 Application of certain allowances if determination continues after expiry

(1)

This clause applies if this determination continues in force after its expiry under clause 7A(4) of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002.

(2)

Clauses 10(4) and (5) and 11(1) to (4) apply as if this determination—

(a)

had come into force on the day after its expiry; and

(b)

were to expire on 30 June 2018.

Schedule Remuneration of members of Canterbury Regional Council

cl 9

OfficeAnnual salary ($)
Chairperson163,973
Deputy Chairperson89,437
Committee Chairpersons (4)79,855
Member63,884
Chairperson car
N/A

Dated at Wellington this 29th day of June 2016.

Fran Wilde,
Chairperson.

Angela Foulkes,
Member.

Geoff Summers,
Member.

Explanatory memorandum

This memorandum is not part of the determination, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

The Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 requires the Remuneration Authority to issue a determination by 15 July 2016 establishing the remuneration applicable to the Chairperson and other members of the Canterbury Regional Council who will be elected and appointed to take up their duties from 9 October 2016.

The remuneration has been established on the same basis as the remuneration payable to all other regional councils and applies similarly to elected and appointed members.

The remuneration for the Deputy Chairperson and Committee Chairpersons has been set in accordance with the empowering legislation. However, it may be reviewed after the election when the incoming council has had the opportunity to consider its structure.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 30 June 2016.