Local Government Members (2017/18) (Local Authorities) Determination 2017

Determination

1 Title

This determination is the Local Government Members (2017/18) (Local Authorities) Determination 2017.

2 Commencement

This determination is deemed to have come into force on 1 July 2017.

3 Expiry

This determination expires on the close of 30 June 2018.

Interpretation

4 Interpretation

In this determination, unless the context otherwise requires,—

ATA panel means a panel appointed by an accord territorial authority under section 89 of HASHA

board means—

(a)

a community board of a territorial authority other than the Auckland Council; or

(b)

a local board of the Auckland Council

determination term means the period from the coming into force of this determination to its expiry

hearing has the meaning given to it by clause 5

hearing time has the meaning given to it by clause 6

local authority means a regional council or a territorial authority

member means,—

(a)

in relation to a local authority (other than the Canterbury Regional Council) or a board, a person who is declared to be elected to that local authority or board under the Local Electoral Act 2001 or who, as the result of further election or appointment under that Act or the Local Government Act 2002, is an office holder in relation to the local authority or board (for example, a chairperson):

(b)

in relation to the Canterbury Regional Council, a person who has been elected or appointed to membership in the transitional governing body under the Local Electoral Act 2001 (as modified by section 11 of the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016) or 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, a chairperson)

on local authority business includes on the business of any board of the local authority

regional council means a regional council named in Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Local Government Act 2002

territorial authority means a territorial authority named in Part 2 of Schedule 2 of the Local Government Act 2002.

5 Meaning of hearing

In this determination, hearing means—

(a)

a hearing that is held by an ATA panel arising from—

(i)

a resource consent application under subpart 2 of Part 2 of HASHA; or

(ii)

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

(b)

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

(c)

a hearing arising from a notice of requirement (including one initiated by the local authority); or

(d)

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

(e)

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

(f)

a hearing relating to a request for a change to a district or regional plan or policy statement (including one requested by the local authority or a board); or

(g)

a mediation hearing in the Environment Court as part of an appeal from a decision of a local authority; or

(h)

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

6 Meaning of hearing time

In this determination, hearing time means the time spent—

(a)

conducting a hearing; and

(b)

in formal deliberations to decide the outcome of a hearing; and

(c)

participating in an official group site inspection related to a hearing; and

(d)

determining a resource consent application where a formal hearing does not take place; and

(e)

up to a maximum of the aggregate of the time referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b),—

(i)

preparing for a hearing; and

(ii)

participating in an inspection of a site for the purposes of a hearing, other than an official group site inspection under paragraph (c).

Entitlement to remuneration, allowances, and hearing fees

7 Remuneration, allowances, and hearing fees payable

(1)

A member of a local authority or a board is entitled to—

(a)

the applicable remuneration set out in the Schedule:

(b)

the applicable allowances payable in accordance with clauses 9 to 12:

(c)

the applicable hearing fees payable in accordance with clause 13.

(2)

Despite subclause (1), a member of a territorial authority who is elected or appointed to a board is not entitled to be remunerated for both positions. The member is entitled only to the remuneration that is payable to the member as a member of the territorial authority.

8 Acting mayor or chairperson

(1)

This clause applies to a member who acts as a mayor or chairperson during a period when, because of a vacancy or temporary absence, the remuneration or allowances that would usually be paid to the mayor or chairperson are not being paid.

(2)

While acting as mayor or chairperson, the member must be paid the remuneration and allowances usually payable to the mayor or chairperson, instead of the member’s usual remuneration, allowances, and hearing fees.

Allowances

9 Definition of member

For the purposes of payment of allowances under clauses 10 to 12, member, in relation to a territorial authority, includes a member of a board of the territorial authority.

10 Vehicle mileage allowance

(1)

A local authority may pay to a member a vehicle mileage allowance for eligible travel.

(2)

A member’s travel is eligible for the allowance if it occurs—

(a)

on a day when the member is not provided with a vehicle by the local authority; and

(b)

when the member is travelling—

(i)

in a private vehicle; and

(ii)

on local authority business; and

(iii)

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

(3)

The allowance payable to a member is,—

(a)

for the first 10 000 kilometres of eligible travel in the determination term,—

(i)

if the member uses an electric vehicle, $0.81 per kilometre; and

(ii)

in any other case, $0.73 per kilometre; and

(b)

for any distance over 10 000 kilometres of eligible travel in the determination term, $0.37 per kilometre.

11 Travel time allowance

(1)

A local authority may pay a member an allowance of $37.50 for each hour of eligible travel time of the member after the first hour travelled in a day.

(2)

Travel time by a member is eligible for the allowance if it is spent travelling—

(a)

on local authority business; and

(b)

by the quickest form of transport that is reasonable in the circumstances; and

(c)

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

12 Communications allowance
Equipment

(1)

If a local authority determines that particular information or communications technology equipment is required by members to perform their functions and requests that members use their own equipment for those purposes, the local authority may pay an allowance in accordance with subclause (2).

(2)

The matters in respect of which an allowance is payable and the amounts that may be paid for the determination term are as follows:

(a)

for the use of 1 personal computer, tablet, or laptop, including any related docking station, $200:

(b)

for the use of a multi-functional or other printer, $40:

(c)

for the use of a mobile telephone, $150.

Services

(3)

If a local authority requests a member to use the member’s own Internet service for the purpose of the member’s work on local authority business, the member is entitled to an allowance of $400 for that use.

(4)

If a local authority requests a member to use the member’s own mobile telephone service for the purpose of the member’s work on local authority business, the member is entitled, at the member’s option, to—

(a)

an allowance of $400 for that use; or

(b)

reimbursement of actual costs of phone calls made on local authority business upon production of the relevant telephone records and receipts.

(5)

If a local authority supplies a mobile phone and related mobile telephone service to a member for use on local authority business and allows for its personal use, the local authority may decide what portion, if any, of the local authority’s costs reasonably attributable to such personal use must be paid by the member.

Pro-rating

(6)

If the member is not a member for the whole of the determination term, subclauses (2) to (5) 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 that the member held office in the determination term

b

is the number of days in the determination term

c

is the relevant amount specified in subclause (2) to (5).

(7)

The Remuneration Authority may approve rules proposed by a local authority 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.

Hearing fees

13 Fees related to hearings

(1)

A member of a local authority or a board who acts as the chairperson of a hearing is entitled to be paid a fee of up to $100 per hour of hearing time related to the hearing.

(2)

A member of a local authority or a board who is not the chairperson of a hearing is entitled to be paid a fee of up to $80 per hour of hearing time related to the hearing.

(3)

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

(4)

Subclauses (1) and (2) do not apply to—

(a)

a mayor or a member who acts as mayor and is paid the mayor’s remuneration and allowances under clause 8(2); or

(b)

a chairperson of a regional council or a member who acts as chairperson of a regional council and is paid the chairperson’s remuneration and allowances under clause 8(2).

If determination is continued

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 and 12(1) to (6) apply as if this determination—

(a)

came into force on the day after its expiry; and

(b)

were to expire on 30 June 2019.

Revocations

Schedule Remuneration

cl 7

Part 1 Remuneration of members of regional councils

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson138,592
Deputy Chairperson80,237
Regional Direction and Delivery Committee Chairperson79,220
Committee Chairperson (5) 67,016
Councillor56,846
Chairperson car
Full private use

Canterbury Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson162,433
Deputy Chairperson90,957
Chairperson, Audit and Risk Committee81,213
Chairperson, Regulation Hearing Committee78,309
Canterbury Water Management Strategy Zone Committee Member (9)73,106
Councillor64,970
Chairperson car
Full private use

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson115,336
Deputy Chairperson62,889
Committee Chairperson (5)62,889
Councillor50,311
Chairperson car
Full private use

Manawatu–Wanganui Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson124,431
Catchment Operations Committee Chairperson67,235
Deputy Chairperson60,280
Environment Committee Chairperson60,280
Audit, Risk and Investment Committee Chairperson55,643
Passenger Transport Committee Chairperson55,643
Regional Transport Committee Chairperson55,643
Catchment Operations Committee Deputy Chairperson48,688
Environment Committee Deputy Chairperson48,688
Manawatu River Users’ Advisory Group Chairperson46,369
Councillor46,369
Chairperson car
Full private use

Northland Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson113,229
Deputy Chairperson76,971
Committee Chairperson/Portfolio Leader (7)67,545
Councillor54,979
Chairperson car
Full private use

Otago Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson121,541
Deputy Chairperson67,676
Regional Transport Committee Chairperson55,591
Committee Chairperson (4)55,591
Councillor48,340
Chairperson car
Full private use

Southland Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson100,750
Deputy Chairperson44,158
Committee Chairperson (4)44,158
Councillor36,798
Chairperson car
N/A

Taranaki Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson98,059
Deputy Chairperson/Executive Committee Chairperson58,325
Chairperson Policy and Planning Committee and Taranaki Solid Waste Management Committee54,436
Chairperson Consents and Regulatory Committee50,548
Committee Chairperson (Land Transport or Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee or Yarrow Stadium Joint Committee) (3)46,660
Councillor and appointee to Taranaki Biodiversity Trust44,715
Councillor38,883
Chairperson car
Full private use

Waikato Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson153,963
Deputy Chairperson86,297
Committee Chairperson A and B73,750
Committee Chairperson A (6)73,750
Councillor61,203
Chairperson car
Full private use

Wellington Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson162,103
Deputy Chairperson/Committee Chairperson89,496
Committee Chairperson (3)79,631
Portfolio Leader (1)76,295
Chairperson, Hutt Valley Flood Management Subcommittee and Portfolio Leader79,631
Committee Chairperson, Chief Executive Employment Review Committee76,295
Chairperson, Wairarapa Committee76,925
Councillor63,691
Chairperson car
Full private use

West Coast Regional Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson77,725
Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson of Resource Management Committee41,162
Councillor35,511
Chairperson car
N/A

Part 2 Remuneration of members of territorial authorities and their community or local boards

Ashburton District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor104,451
Deputy Mayor and Committee Chairperson35,901
Committee Chairperson (2)32,054
Councillor25,644
Mayoral car
N/A

Methven Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson5,212
Member2,607

Auckland Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor of Auckland274,082
Deputy Mayor of Auckland154,431
Chair of committee of the whole (3)127,481
Councillor (16)107,599
Mayoral car
Full private use

Albert–Eden Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson89,496
Member43,477

Devonport–Takapuna Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson79,173
Member42,511

Franklin Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson80,089
Member41,799

Great Barrier Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson54,308
Member23,747

Henderson–Massey Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson92,649
Member43,985

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson86,852
Member43,172

Howick Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson97,022
Member44,189

Kaipatiki Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson85,987
Member42,917

Mangere–Otahuhu Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson84,055
Member43,070

Manurewa Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson86,547
Member43,070

Maungakiekie–Tamaki Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson83,292
Member42,816

Orakei Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson85,530
Member43,273

Otara–Papatoetoe Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson85,225
Member43,273

Papakura Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson75,767
Member41,900

Puketapapa Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson78,970
Member42,511

Rodney Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson77,394
Member41,392

Upper Harbour Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson77,139
Member42,206

Waiheke Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson60,461
Member25,374

Waitakere Ranges Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson76,936
Member42,104

Waitemata Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson82,123
Member42,612

Whau Local Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson84,055
Member43,070

Buller District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor77,620
Deputy Mayor and Hearings Committee Chair32,202
Finance and Audit Committee Chair27,324
Policy and Risk Committee Chair22,932
Grants Committee Chair21,469
Councillor18,541
Mayoral car
N/A

Inangahua Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,914
Member3,457

Carterton District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor66,726
Deputy Mayor22,877
Ruamāhanga Whaitua Representative (1)20,141
Councillor17,598
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor84,168
Deputy Mayor35,595
Councillor23,674
Mayoral car
N/A

Central Otago District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor89,587
Deputy Mayor22,366
Committee Chairperson (4)21,813
Councillor20,640
Mayoral car
Full private use

Cromwell Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson13,760
Member6,880

Maniototo Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,672
Member3,336

Teviot Valley Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,672
Member3,336

Vincent Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,803
Member7,402

Chatham Islands Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor51,800
Deputy Mayor21,310
Councillor and Member of Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (7)15,951
Councillor13,408
Mayoral car
N/A

Christchurch City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor190,245
Deputy Mayor118,220
Councillor102,400
Mayoral car
N/A

Banks Peninsula Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson19,056
Member9,527

Coastal–Burwood Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson45,626
Member22,813

Fendalton–Waimairi–Harewood Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson45,006
Member22,503

Halswell–Hornby–Riccarton Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson47,484
Member23,742

Linwood–Central–Heathcote Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson47,484
Member23,742

Papanui–Innes Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson45,626
Member22,813

Spreydon–Cashmere Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson45,626
Member22,813

Clutha District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor89,501
Deputy Mayor27,145
Committee Chairperson (3)25,852
Portfolio Leader A (2)21,974
Portfolio Leader B (5)20,682
Councillor19,389
Mayoral car
Full private use

Lawrence–Tuapeka Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson5,630
Member2,815

West Otago Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,672
Member3,336

Dunedin City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor149,262
Deputy Mayor and Chair of Economic Development Committee73,136
Committee Chairperson (4)68,917
Sub-Committee Chairperson61,667
Councillor56,258
Mayoral car
Full private use

Mosgiel–Taieri Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson18,581
Member9,290

Otago Peninsula Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,690
Member7,845

Saddle Hill Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,897
Member7,949

Strath Taieri Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,452
Member7,226

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,484
Member7,742

West Harbour Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,897
Member7,949

Far North District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor130,757
Deputy Mayor70,539
Committee Chairperson (3)53,838
Councillor43,465
Mayoral car
N/A

Bay of Islands–Whangaroa Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson30,207
Member11,618

Kaikohe–Hokianga Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson25,892
Member9,958

Te Hiku Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson26,432
Member10,166

Gisborne District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor132,310
Deputy Mayor48,007
Standing Committee Chairperson (5)44,315
Special Committee Chairperson (2)40,622
Rural Councillor (4)37,767
Councillor36,929
Mayoral car
Full private use

Gore District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor73,795
Deputy Mayor23,396
Portfolio Leader (3)20,784
Councillor16,865
Mayoral car
Full private use

Mataura Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson3,981
Member1,990

Grey District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor82,492
Deputy Mayor30,650
Councillor21,893
Mayoral car
N/A

Hamilton City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor159,071
Deputy Mayor93,130
Chairperson Committee of the Whole (4)85,966
Deputy Chairperson Committee of the Whole (4)78,802
Councillor71,638
Mayoral car
N/A

Hastings District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor131,712
Deputy Mayor61,478
Standing Committee Chairperson (5)51,641
Portfolio Leader (3)46,723
Councillor41,805
Mayoral car
Full private use

Hastings District Rural Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,523
Member7,261

Hauraki District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor85,908
Deputy Mayor38,028
Ward Committee Chairperson (3)27,353
Councillor20,015
Mayoral car
Full private use

Horowhenua District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor102,992
Deputy Mayor36,516
Chairperson, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee31,669
Chairperson, Hearings Committee31,669
Chairperson, Community Wellbeing Committee28,813
Chairperson, Community Funding & Recognition Committee28,813
Councillor25,957
Mayoral car
N/A

Foxton Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson12,092
Member6,046

Hurunui District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor80,210
Deputy Mayor32,683
Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk26,581
Chair, Infrastructure and Zone Committee Representative26,581
Chair, Public Services and Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa Management Committee (3)26,581
Councillor with additional duties relating to earthquake recovery19,971
Mayoral car
Full private use

Hanmer Springs Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,752
Member3,876

Hutt City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor141,605
Deputy Mayor79,045
Committee Chairperson (4)60,601
Hutt Valley Services Committee Chairperson56,649
Arts and Culture Sub-Committee Chairperson56,649
Councillor52,697
Mayoral car
Full private use

Eastbourne Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson13,070
Member6,535

Petone Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,560
Member7,780

Wainuiomata Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson16,390
Member8,195

Invercargill City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor115,263
Deputy Mayor54,206
Committee Chairperson (3)47,087
Chairperson, Audit Committee41,087
Venture Southland representative41,087
Councillor35,166
Mayoral car
Full private use

Bluff Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,299
Member4,149

Kaikoura District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor56,985
Councillor18,017
Mayoral car
N/A

Kaipara District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor94,809
Deputy Mayor54,623
Taharoa Domain Governance Committee Chairperson32,774
Mangawhai Community Park Governance Committee Chairperson32,774
Regional Land Transport Portfolio Holder32,774
Representative Sport Northland30,363
Councillor27,312
Mayoral car
N/A

Kapiti Coast District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor115,356
Deputy Mayor43,289
Committee Chairperson (3)41,624
Appeals Committee Chairperson36,628
Chairperson, Grants Allocation Committee36,628
Councillor33,299
Mayoral car
Full private use

Ōtaki Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,730
Member7,365

Paekākāriki Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,676
Member3,838

Paraparaumu–Raumati Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson19,295
Member9,647

Waikanae Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,768
Member7,884

Kawerau District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor60,278
Deputy Mayor21,265
Regulatory and Services Committee Chairperson18,987
Councillor15,189
Mayoral car
Full private use

Mackenzie District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor59,394
Councillor with additional responsibilities (3)21,605
Councillor17,284
Mayoral car
N/A

Fairlie Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson3,771
Member1,886

Tekapo Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson3,771
Member1,886

Twizel Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson4,819
Member2,409

Manawatu District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor101,897
Deputy Mayor39,404
Committee Chairperson (3)35,182
Councillor28,145
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Marlborough District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor133,509
Deputy Mayor47,199
Committee Chairperson (4)47,199
Councillor37,759
Mayoral car
Full private use

Masterton District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor96,320
Deputy Mayor34,734
Chair Strategic Planning and Policy Committee, and Hearings Committee34,734
Chair Infrastructure Committee33,493
Councillor24,810
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Matamata–Piako District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor103,462
Deputy Mayor31,289
Chairperson, Corporate and Operations Committee31,289
Councillor27,208
Mayoral car

Private use

Napier City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor125,978
Deputy Mayor48,104
Committee Chairperson (4)45,868
Deputy Committee Chairperson (4)42,714
Councillor39,938
Mayoral car
Private use

Nelson City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor131,066
Deputy Mayor60,684
Committee Chairperson (4)48,952
Deputy Committee Chairperson (4)42,479
Councillor40,456
Mayoral car
Full private use

New Plymouth District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor135,017
Deputy Mayor59,979
Committee Chairperson (3)53,552
Councillor42,842
Mayoral car
Full private use

Clifton Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson12,033
Member6,017

Inglewood Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,315
Member7,158

Kaitake Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson12,863
Member6,432

Waitara Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,315
Member7,158

Opotiki District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor64,087
Deputy Mayor35,048
Chairperson Audit and Risk Committee33,249
Coast Community Board Chair24,408
Councillor18,541
Mayoral car
Full private use

Coast Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson9,637
Member4,819

Otorohanga District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor67,718
Deputy Mayor28,345
Councillor17,179
Mayoral car
Full private use

Kawhia Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson3,771
Member1,886

Otorohanga Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson13,827
Member6,914

Palmerston North City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor134,271
Deputy Mayor and Chair Hearings Committee and Chair CEO Performance Panel64,228
Chair Finance and Performance Committee and Deputy Chair Hearings Committee52,268
Chair Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee and Deputy Chair Community Development Committee48,946
Chair Economic Development Committee50,938
Chair Audit and Risk Committee47,617
Chair Sport and Recreation Committee and Deputy Chair Economic Development Committee50,939
Deputy Chair Finance and Performance and Arts Culture and Heritage Committees48,946
Chair Planning and Strategy Committee and Deputy Chair Sport and Recreation Committee and CEO Performance Panel53,597
Deputy Chair Audit and Risk Committee45,624
Chair Community Development Committee and Deputy Chair Planning and Strategy Committee50,939
Councillor44,294
Mayoral car
Full private use

Porirua City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor118,579
Deputy Mayor46,794
Standing Committee Chairperson (2)46,794
Councillor35,996
Mayoral car
Full private use

Queenstown–Lakes District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor114,772
Deputy Mayor40,847
Committee Chair (4)38,375
Councillor32,941
Mayoral car
N/A

Wanaka Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson23,142
Member11,571

Rangitikei District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor86,263
Deputy Mayor/Assets and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson36,732
Committee Chairperson (2)28,890
Deputy Committee Chairperson/Chairperson Chief Executive Review Committee24,350
Deputy Committee Chairperson (2)23,112
Councillor20,636
Mayoral car
N/A

Ratana Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson4,190
Member2,095

Taihape Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,380
Member4,190

Rotorua District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor129,529
Deputy Mayor64,427
Committee Chairperson (2)54,257
Deputy Committee Chairperson (2)54,257
Cultural Ambassador49,172
Councillor44,087
Mayoral car
Full private use

Rotorua Lakes Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson16,225
Member8,113

Rotorua Rural Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson18,133
Member9,067

Ruapehu District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor83,801
Deputy Mayor27,969
Committee Chairperson (1)22,374
Councillor18,656
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

National Park Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson5,657
Member2,828

Waimarino–Waiouru Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,380
Member4,190

Selwyn District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor114,613
Deputy Mayor40,797
Councillor35,581
Mayoral car
Full private use

Malvern Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson17,116
Member8,558

Selwyn Central Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson20,539
Member10,270

South Taranaki District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor100,347
Deputy Mayor32,605
Chairperson, Environment and Hearings Committee29,840
Member Environment and Hearings Committee (4)27,251
Member Audit and Risk Committee (1)26,259
Community Board Councillor (1)24,482
Councillor23,872
Mayoral car
Full private use

Egmont Plains Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson11,884
Member5,941

Eltham Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson11,467
Member5,734

Hawera–Tangahoe Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson13,552
Member6,776

Patea Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,633
Member5,317

South Waikato District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor90,472
Deputy Mayor34,263
Committee Chairperson A30,591
Committee Chairperson B29,407
Councillor with additional duties (7)25,672
Councillor23,142
Mayoral car
Full private use

Tirau Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,463
Member3,232

South Wairarapa District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor72,278
Deputy Mayor28,911
Councillor/Committee member (1)20,125
Councillor17,074
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Featherston Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,285
Member3,143

Greytown Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,285
Member3,143

Martinborough Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,285
Member3,143

Southland District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor106,098
Deputy Mayor36,631
Committee Chairperson (4)31,922
Councillor26,165
Mayoral car
Full private use

Edendale–Wyndham Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson4,587
Member2,293

Otautau Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,297
Member3,649

Riverton/Aparima Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson6,463
Member3,232

Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson2,710
Member1,356

Te Anau Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,424
Member5,212

Tuatapere Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson4,378
Member2,190

Wallacetown Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson2,710
Member1,356

Winton Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,965
Member4,483

Stratford District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor70,497
Deputy Mayor24,050
Chairperson Major Committee (2)19,722
Representative on External Committee (2)19,722
Chairperson Minor Committee (1)17,942
Councillor17,179
Mayoral car
N/A

Tararua District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor87,054
Deputy Mayor34,880
Member Forestry Committee (2)27,457
Member Audit and Risk Committee (2)27,457
Councillor24,914
Mayoral car
Full private use

Dannevirke Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson11,258
Member5,629

Eketahuna Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,297
Member3,649

Tasman District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor134,628
Deputy Mayor and Standing Committee Chairperson48,277
Standing Committee Chairperson (3)44,564
Committee Chairperson (2)40,851
Councillor37,137
Mayoral car
Full private use

Golden Bay Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson12,656
Member6,328

Motueka Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson14,108
Member7,054

Taupo District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor110,040
Deputy Mayor40,780
Chair, Fences, Roading, Reserves and Dogs Committee39,080
Chair, Emergency Management Committee39,080
Chair, Mangakino-Pouakani Representative Group37,381
Councillor33,983
Mayoral car
Full private use

Turangi–Tongariro Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson16,262
Member8,131

Tauranga City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor152,361
Deputy Mayor86,586
Committee Chairperson (6)73,598
Deputy Committee Chairperson (6)72,877
Councillor72,155
Mayoral car
N/A

Thames–Coromandel District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor110,080
Deputy Mayor46,440
Committee Chairperson (3)42,106
Councillor with external appointment (3)35,295
Councillor30,961
Mayoral car
N/A

Coromandel–Colville Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,178
Member7,589

Mercury Bay Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson18,160
Member9,080

Tairua–Pauanui Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,178
Member7,589

Thames Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson19,244
Member9,622

Whangamata Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson16,533
Member8,266

Timaru District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor111,951
Deputy Mayor47,284
Committee Chairperson (4)42,219
Deputy Committee Chairperson (4)35,464
Councillor33,775
Mayoral car
Full private use

Geraldine Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,633
Member5,317

Pleasant Point Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,339
Member4,170

Temuka Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,841
Member5,421

Upper Hutt City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor111,174
Deputy Mayor44,512
Chairperson, Policy Committee39,743
Chairperson, City Services Committee38,154
Chairperson, Audit and Finance Committee38,154
Chairperson, Hutt Valley Services Committee34,974
Councillor31,794
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Waikato District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor128,889
Deputy Mayor55,041
Committee Chairperson (2)49,144
Discretionary and Funding Committee Chairperson47,179
Councillor39,315
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Huntly Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,166
Member5,083

Ngaruawahia Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,166
Member5,083

Onewhero–Tuakau Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,581
Member5,290

Raglan Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,506
Member4,253

Taupiri Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson2,697
Member1,349

Waimakariri District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor118,257
Deputy Mayor45,881
Portfolio Holder (9)41,087
Councillor37,344
Mayoral car
N/A

Kaiapoi–Tuahiwi Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson16,884
Member8,442

Oxford–Ohoka Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson15,906
Member7,953

Rangiora–Ashley Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson21,778
Member10,889

Woodend–Sefton Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson13,949
Member6,975

Waimate District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor66,412
Deputy Mayor25,224
Councillor18,017
Mayoral car
Mayoral use only

Waipa District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor114,317
Deputy Mayor53,493
Committee Chairperson (4)40,525
Councillor32,420
Mayoral car
Full private use

Cambridge Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson18,138
Member9,070

Te Awamutu Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson17,513
Member8,756

Wairoa District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor69,521
Deputy Mayor30,797
Committee Chairperson (3)24,093
Councillor21,998
Mayoral car
Full private use

Waitaki District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor94,329
Deputy Mayor/Customer Service Core Committee Chairperson32,399
Core Committee Chairperson (3)29,158
Core Committee Deputy Chairperson (3)26,289
Other Committee Chairperson (3)26,289
Community Board Councillor and Other Significant Responsibility Councillors (3)25,918
Councillor23,142
Mayoral car
Full private use

Ahuriri Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson11,467
Member5,734

Waihemo Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson11,675
Member5,838

Waitomo District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor72,330
Deputy Mayor31,676
Councillor23,464
Mayoral car
Full private use

Wellington City Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor173,212
Deputy Mayor111,263
Chair City Strategy Committee98,600
Portfolio Leader (12)91,581
Councillor83,819
Mayoral car
N/A

Makara–Ohariu Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson9,290
Member4,646

Tawa Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson18,168
Member9,084

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor115,107
Deputy Mayor45,755
Committee Chairperson (4)40,853
Councillor32,524
Mayoral car
Full private use

Katikati Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,633
Member5,317

Maketu Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson5,629
Member2,815

Omokoroa Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,714
Member3,857

Te Puke Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,633
Member5,317

Waihi Beach Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson8,756
Member4,378

Westland District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor73,326
Deputy Mayor, Committee Chairperson and Portfolio Holder (2)27,324
Portfolio Holder (6)19,873
Councillor17,389
Mayoral car
N/A

Whakatāne District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor105,480
Deputy Mayor52,913
Committee Chairperson (2)44,095
Councillor29,396
Mayoral car
Full private use

Murupara Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,714
Member3,857

Rangitāiki Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,007
Member5,004

Tāneatua Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson7,714
Member3,857

Whakatāne–Ōhope Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson16,730
Member8,365

Whanganui District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor112,014
Deputy Mayor42,051
Chairperson (4)38,402
Deputy Chairperson (4)33,945
Councillor32,420
Mayoral car
Full private use

Whanganui Rural Community Board

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Chairperson10,841
Member5,421

Whangarei District Council

OfficeAnnual remuneration ($)
Mayor139,881
Deputy Mayor60,684
Committee Chairperson of Standing Committee (4)60,684
Councillor48,548
Mayoral car
Private use

Dated at Wellington this 19th day of July 2017.

Fran Wilde,
Chairperson.

Geoff Summers,
Member.

Len Cook,
Member.

Explanatory memorandum

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

This determination is deemed to have come into force on 1 July 2017 and expires on the close of 30 June 2018.

Under the system used by the Remuneration Authority (the Authority) for local government members, the Authority sets a base councillor rate for each council and councils can make submissions on the additional remuneration for those councillors undertaking additional duties. Under the system, a relationship between the size of a council (measured using a size index) and mayor, chairperson, and base councillor salaries is determined every 3 years in an election year. A similar approach is used to set the remuneration of community board or local board members, where the remuneration of each board member is related to population.

The Authority is currently reviewing and consulting local authorities on potential changes to the remuneration framework, so there have been no changes in approach in this determination. Any changes will be implemented in 2019. For this determination, the Authority has applied an increase of 1.7% across the board to remuneration for all member positions. This reflects changes in the Statistics New Zealand Labour Market Statistics for the public sector in the year to March 2017. The Labour Market Statistics are used by the Authority as the basis for changes in Parliamentary remuneration.

In this determination, amendments have been made to some allowances to reflect submissions made to the Authority and to further align the allowances with provisions of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD) which considers members to be self-employed.

Vehicle mileage allowance

On the basis that members are considered by IRD to be self-employed, some changes have been made to the provisions covering vehicle mileage allowances so these allowances are now the equivalent of those for other self-employed people claiming the costs off their tax. The changes are—

  • removal of the 30 km rule. This rule previously required the first 30 km of travel to and from meetings held at local authority or board offices (ie, 15 km each way) to be a “threshold distance” for which allowances were not paid. This threshold has been removed to align expense payments to what a self-employed contractor may charge a client:

  • increase in mileage allowance. The previous allowance set by the Authority for reimbursement for travel on council business was 73 cents per kilometre up to 5 000 km, then 37 cents per kilometre for distances beyond that. The 5 000 km threshold is the formula that has been used by IRD for self-employed taxpayers. Members are geographically spread across the whole of the country, including larger rural areas, and evidence that the Authority has on vehicle usage by mayors points to 5 000 km being too low to represent the typical experience of members in most of the country, whatever its relevance to urban councils. The IRD is changing its formula for assessing the reimbursement of vehicle costs. Until the new rates for 2017/18 are set, the Authority will adopt a fixed reimbursement rate of 81 cents per kilometre for electric vehicles and 73 cents per kilometre for all other vehicles, including hybrid vehicles, in line with new IRD rates. This will apply to all local authority-related travel up to a maximum of 10 000 km, and all additional justified use will be reimbursed at the rate of 37 cents per kilometre. The 10 000 km threshold is the example used on the IRD website, but may not be the final threshold set when IRD determines its new formula. Following a final decision by IRD, the Authority will revisit both the threshold and the actual cents per kilometre that can be paid. The Authority notes that for a claim made on this basis above 5 000 km, a member could incur a tax liability if the reimbursement paid by the council is greater than the share of the total motor vehicle expenditure that can be apportioned to its use on council business. Conversely, if the total motor vehicle expenditure that can be apportioned to its use on council business is more than the reimbursement by the council, the member may offset the extra cost against earnings as part of her or his tax return. In either case, full records of the cost of the vehicle would be required, or a log-book methodology as prescribed by the IRD utilised.

Travel time allowance

Previously, a travel time allowance of $37.50 per hour could be claimed by a member in an office that “cannot be properly regarded as a full time position”. The issue of “full time” has been vexed. In recent years, the Authority has stated informally that mayor roles might be considered full time, but there has been no consequent change to remuneration levels to reflect this. The Authority is now considering a new framework for assessing local government remuneration for implementation in 2019. At that stage, it is likely that remuneration for mayor and chairperson positions will reflect the fact that they are full time. For now, however, the Authority is aware that a lack of reimbursement for time required for significant travel by mayors in smaller but geographically large constituencies may be perceived as unfair. The travel time allowance will now be available to all members, but the Authority notes that this will be reassessed along with remuneration levels for the 2019 determination. The 1 hour travel threshold that applies prior to claiming a travel time allowance will remain unchanged.

Communications allowance

Changes to the communications allowance in this determination provide for local authorities to have the ability to supply items of information and communications technology equipment to members that is consistent with that used by the local authority. In cases where members supply their own equipment for use on the business of the local authority, the provision for an allowance is continued, recognising the shared benefits. Related telephone and Internet services may be shared between the member and the local authority, again in recognition of the shared benefits. In this determination, the Authority has made changes to the level of the communications allowance to reflect common practice in telephony and broadband plans and changes in equipment.

Hearing fees

Because of the highly technical and legal nature of plans considered under the Resource Management Act 1991, members undertaking hearings are required to be accredited commissioners. It is increasingly common for local authorities to engage external commissioners as a complete panel or to sit alongside members on the panel. The Authority has decided that, because of these considerations, member remuneration for plan hearings under the RMA should be treated on the same basis as that for resource consent hearings.

Acting mayor or chairperson

This determination clarifies that when a member is acting in the role of mayor or regional council chairperson during a period when the mayor’s or chairperson’s salary and allowances are not being paid, the member must be paid the remuneration and allowances of the mayor or chairperson instead of the person’s usual remuneration or allowances. The Authority considers that a member formally acting as a mayor or chairperson assumes the responsibilities of the role and should receive the total remuneration attached to it for the period concerned.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 27 July 2017.