Remuneration for Auckland Local Board Members
The Authority sets the remuneration for Auckland local board chairs, deputy chairs, and members based on a size index.
The annual remuneration rate of an elected chair of an Auckland local board is set at twice the remuneration of an elected member on the same board.
A deputy chair of an Auckland local community board’s remuneration is set at 60% of the rate set for their respective chair.
The Authority believes these rates are a fair recognition of the extra workload attached to the chair and deputy chair’s positions.
The Authority solely decides remuneration for Auckland local board chairs, deputy chairs, and members as Auckland local board have no formal positions of responsibility aside from their chairs and deputy chairs.
Auckland Local Board size index
The Remuneration Authority reviewed its approach to setting the remuneration of Auckland local boards elected members in 2019.
Auckland local boards were re-sized using similar criteria for territorial authorities but with different weightings and sources.
The Authority used a separate scale for Auckland local boards because of their unique characters and different responsibilities.
We understand some factors we use are also used by Auckland Council to allocate operational budget to their local boards.
Size relates to the role and responsibilities of the entire board, not to the number of elected members or to the population size the board serves.
The size index is based on:
- population (source: Stats NZ estimated resident population),
- gross operating expenditure (source: Auckland Council assets attributed to local boards),
- total assets (source: Auckland Council annual plan local board agreements), and
- the Socioeconomic deprivation index (source: University of Otago Socioeconomic Deprivation Indices).
All factors used are retrospective but measured at “a point in time” as near as possible to the time of our determination. No data sets should be more than three years old, except for the deprivation index.
The Authority considered an appropriate pay scale, covering the local boards, that (as required by our legislation) regards the need to achieve and maintain fair relativity with remuneration received elsewhere particularly between the members of:
- Auckland Council’s Governing Body and the local boards, and
- the individual local boards within Auckland Council.