Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination (No 2) 2020 Amendment Determination 2021

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Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination (No 2) 2020 Amendment Determination 2021

Pursuant to section 8 of the Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013 and to the Remuneration Authority Act 1977, the Remuneration Authority makes the following determination (to which is appended an explanatory memorandum).

Determination

1 Title

This determination is the Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination (No 2) 2020 Amendment Determination 2021.

2 Commencement

This determination is deemed to have come into force on 7 January 2021.

3 Principal determination
4 Schedule 1 amended

(1)

In Schedule 1, item relating to Whips, after the item relating to each member of the party in the House of Representatives over 35 up to a maximum of 45, insert:

plus
For each member of the party in the House of Representatives over 45200

(2)

In Schedule 1, item relating to Whips, after the item relating to each party whose members in the House of Representatives number not less than 45, insert:

In respect of each party whose members in the House of Representatives number not less than 65—
One further Additional Junior Whip179,713

Dated at Wellington this 9th day of July 2021.

Fran Wilde,
Chairperson.

Geoff Summers,
Member.

Explanatory memorandum

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

This determination amends the Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination (No 2) 2020 (the principal determination). The amendments relate to party Whips as listed in Schedule 1 of the principal determination.

Before finalising the principal determination, the Remuneration Authority (the Authority) consulted, as required under the Remuneration Authority Act 1977, the Speaker of the House and the Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services, and also consulted all members of Parliament (MPs). During that consultation process, the Authority noted that one party in the current Parliament has 65 MPs. This is the largest a party has been under the MMP voting system.

Both the principal determination and previous Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determinations provide for the remuneration of a Whip, based on a sliding scale, reflecting the number of MPs in the party up to a maximum of 45. Since 1999, at least one party has had more than 45 MPs during each parliamentary term.

When the principal determination was finalised, the Authority decided that further work was required before any change was made to the remuneration of a Whip and to determine whether a further Additional Junior Whip was warranted. The Authority subsequently agreed that the workload and responsibilities of a Whip increased incrementally as the number of a party’s MPs rose above 45. Therefore, the Authority decided that, if a party has over 45 MPs, based on the sliding scale, the Whip is entitled to receive an additional $200 per annum for each MP above the 45 threshold. The Authority also decided to make provision for a further Additional Junior Whip where a party has not less than 65 MPs.

This amendment is deemed to have come into force on 7 January 2021, which is the day after the date on which the salaries set by the principal determination ceased to be temporarily reduced by the Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances (Temporary Reduction—COVID-19) Determination 2020.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 15 July 2021.