Local Government Members (Temporary Reduction—COVID-19) Determination 2020

Reprint as at 30 June 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Local Government Members (Temporary Reduction—COVID-19) Determination 2020

(LI 2020/119)

Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

Pursuant to section 19A of the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 and to clause 6 of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, the Remuneration Authority, after having regard to the matters specified in clause 7 of that schedule, makes the following determination (to which is appended an explanatory memorandum).

Determination

1 Title

This determination is the Local Government Members (Temporary Reduction—COVID-19) Determination 2020.

2 Commencement

This determination comes into force on 9 July 2020.

3 Original determination

This determination applies to the Local Government Members (2019/20) Determination 2019 (the original determination).

4 Temporary reduction of remuneration

While this determination is in force, the remuneration of an officeholder that is specified in Schedule 2 of the original determination must be read as if it were the remuneration for that officeholder that is set out in the Schedule of this determination (if any).

5 Expiry

This determination expires on 6 January 2021.

Schedule Adjusted remuneration of elected members

cl 4

Part 1 Adjusted remuneration of members of regional councils

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson139,175

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson129,200

Manawatu–Wanganui Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson135,850

Northland Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson120,175

Southland Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson116,375

Taranaki Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson101,275

Wellington Regional Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Chairperson165,300

Part 2 Adjusted remuneration of members of territorial authorities

Ashburton District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor116,425

Auckland Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor266,400
Deputy Mayor157,303
Chairperson Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee132,967
Chairperson Planning Committee132,267
Chairperson Environment and Climate Change Committee136,263
Chairperson Finance and Performance Committee 136,967
Chairperson Regulatory Committee131,967
Deputy Chairperson Finance and Performance Committee 119,209
Deputy Chairperson Environment and Climate Change Committee 119,209
Deputy Chairperson Regulatory Committee 119,209
Deputy Chairperson Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee 121,209
Chairperson Civil Defence and Emergency Committee 117,083
Chairperson Strategic Procurement Committee117,083
Deputy Chairperson Strategic Liaison Committee 120,083
Panuku Liaison Councillor118,073
Deputy Chairperson, Value for Money Committee 112,898
Deputy Chairperson Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee 111,768
Deputy Chairperson Audit and Risk Committee 111,768
Deputy Chairperson Appointments and Performance Review Committee 111,768
Deputy Chairperson CCO Oversight Committee113,768
Portfolio Leader Ethnic Communities107,516

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor102,500

Christchurch City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor $180,375
Deputy Mayor $124,688
Chairperson Multicultural Committee$110,424
Deputy Chairperson Sustainability and Community Relations Committee$108,424
Chairperson Three Waters Infrastructure and Environment Committee$108,424
Deputy Chairperson Three Waters Infrastructure and Environment Committee$108,424
Chairperson Urban Development and Transport Committee$108,424
Chairperson Youth Advisory Committee$108,424
Chairperson Health Safety and Wellbeing Committee$113,424
Chairperson Civic Awards Committee$108,424
Deputy Chairperson Regulatory Performance Committee$108,424
Deputy Chairperson Finance Performance Committee$110,224
Deputy Chairperson Youth Advisory Committee $108,424
Chairperson Regulatory Performance Committee $108,424
Chairperson Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee $108,424
Deputy Chairperson Urban Development and Transport Committee$108,424

Clutha District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor109,100

Far North District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor147,250
Deputy Mayor102,500

Gisborne District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor147,250

Grey District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor101,000

Hamilton City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor168,115
Chairperson Infrastructure Operations Committee100,850
Chairperson Strategic Growth Committee101,170
Chairperson Finance Committee101,700
Chairperson Hearings and Engagement Committee101,550
Chairperson Economic Development Committee100,850
Chairperson Community Committee100,850

Hastings District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor146,825

Hauraki District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor112,100

Horowhenua District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor123,050

Hutt City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor151,300
Deputy Mayor100,260

Invercargill City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor133,000

Kaipara District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor113,050

Kāpiti Coast District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor136,375

Manawatu District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor118,950

Marlborough District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor133,950

Masterton District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor115,900

Matamata–Piako District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor116,850

Napier City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor142,725

Palmerston North City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor144,875

Porirua City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor139,970

Rangitikei District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor103,500

Rotorua Lakes Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor144,400

Ruapehu District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor104,750

Selwyn District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor129,675

South Taranaki District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor119,700

South Waikato District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor114,475

Southland District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor117,800

Tararua District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor106,875

Tasman District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor146,300

Taupō District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor127,300

Tauranga City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor$158,175
Deputy Mayor$115,399
Chairperson Policy, Regulatory, and City Plan Hearings Committees$108,375
Chairperson Projects, Services and Operations, and Wastewater Management Review Committees$108,375
Chairperson Urban Form and Transport Development Committee$108,375
Deputy Chairperson Projects, Services and Operations Committee$105,871
Deputy Chairperson Urban Form and Transport Committee$103,871
Deputy Chairperson Policy Committee$103,871
Deputy Chairperson Finance, Audit and Risk Committee$103,871
Councillor with no additional responsibilities (2)$102,814

Thames–Coromandel District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor123,500

Timaru District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor127,375

Upper Hutt City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor122,600

Waikato District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor141,075

Waimakariri District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor130,625

Waipa District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor128,725

Wairoa District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor100,500

Wellington City Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor173,975
Deputy Mayor127,004
Chairperson Finance Audit and Risk Committee107,769
Portfolio Holder Sport and Recreation105,664
Chairperson CCO Subcommittee106,564
Chairperson Regulatory Processes Committee107,672

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor129,675

Whakatāne District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor127,300

Whanganui District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor133,950

Whangarei District Council

OfficeTemporarily reduced remuneration ($)
Mayor148,200

Schedule Part 2 Tauranga City Council: replaced (with effect on 17 June 2020), on 30 June 2020, by clause 4 of the Local Government Members (Temporary Reduction—COVID-19) Amendment Determination 2020 (LI 2020/139).

Dated at Wellington this 16th day of June 2020.

Fran Wilde,
Chairperson.

Geoff Summers,
Member.

Len Cook,
Member.

Explanatory memorandum

Note: The following explanatory memorandum should be read in conjunction with the explanatory memorandum(s) appended to the:

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

This temporary reduction determination affects the Local Government Members (2019/20) Determination 2019 (the original determination).

This determination commences on 9 July 2020 and expires on 6 January 2021.

On 15 May 2020, the Remuneration Authority (COVID-19 Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) was passed. The purpose of the amendment Act, as outlined in its explanatory note, is to allow public sector leaders, including elected members of local authorities (mayors, deputy mayors, chairpersons, deputy chairpersons, and members), to show leadership in the public sector during the COVID-19 outbreak and to show solidarity with those in the private sector who are losing their jobs or facing significant pay reductions. Accordingly, the Amendment Act inserted section 19A into the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 to permit the Authority to reduce the remuneration for certain public office holders, including local government elected members (listed in Schedule 4A of the Amendment Act).

The remuneration of local government elected members is set according to the Remuneration Authority Act 1977 and the Local Government Act 2002 with the underlying premise to depoliticise the setting of their remuneration. The Authority is generally not permitted to make a determination that reduces existing elected members’ pay and their remuneration must be paid according to the determination that is presently in force. However, section 19A overrides aspects of the legislative regime by permitting a capped reduction of elected members’ remuneration by up to 20% for a period of up to 6 months.

In making this temporary reduction determination, the Authority has applied the existing criteria that it must take into account when setting the remuneration of elected members, which include taking account of any prevailing adverse economic conditions, fairness to the person whose remuneration is being determined, and fairness to ratepayers (see clause 7 of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 and section 18A of the Remuneration Authority Act 1977). The adjusted remuneration payable to elected members as shown in the Schedule of this determination will apply on and from the day on which this determination comes into force until it expires.

In making its decisions on any deductions in elected members’ pay, the Authority took account of the fact that many elected members are on relatively low rates of remuneration and decided that cuts would apply only to remuneration above $100,000 per annum. The Authority is aware that elected members are easily identified in their communities, highly exposed to public opinion, and expected to show pro-active leadership. At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, many elected members publicly pledged to donate a proportion of their remuneration to local charities—some for several months. The Authority therefore invited those potentially impacted by its decision to provide confidential information to the Authority with details of any such donations they wished to have taken into account. Some took advantage of this and the deduction was adjusted accordingly. For a variety of reasons, others indicated that they did not wish to provide information. The Authority’s decisions were made on the basis of the information supplied.

On the day after this temporary reduction determination expires, the elected members’ remuneration will revert to the amount payable under the original determination.

Note: The preceding explanatory memorandum should be read in conjunction with the explanatory memorandum(s) appended to the:

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 18 June 2020.

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Local Government Members (Temporary Reduction—COVID-19) Determination 2020 that incorporates all the amendments to that determination as at the date of the last amendment to it.

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