Remuneration for Community Board Members

Remuneration for Community Boards Members is based on population size and is relative to the remuneration of its elected members.

Review of Community Board Member remuneration

The Authority conducted a review of community boards early in 2019. The review showed that community boards have a massive span in terms of their resident per capita representation - from 72 residents to 13,000 residents per board member.

This range in representation represents the biggest difference amongst all boards. There is also a myriad of differences in what the boards actually do, with many of them administering modest grant funds or being responsible for a budget for town centre amenity improvements. Despite these variations, the Authority concluded that the primary function of the overwhelming majority of community boards is representation and advocacy.

We have taken the view that having community board remuneration linked to population is fairer to board members. It is reasonable to expect that the time, effort and expertise required to represent a large number of people would be greater than that for a board representing a smaller number of people.

This does not mean that community board remuneration is an exact fixed multiple of its population; rather it means that there is relativity between a community board’s population and the remuneration of its elected members.

Review of community board remuneration [PDF, 421KB]

Additional delegations to Community Boards

A small number of community boards have reasonably substantial delegations from their councils. The Authority is considering these boards’ functions and work load in relation to their councils, and will be in a position to make an amending determination early in early 2020. That decision will apply to all the community board functions that were formally delegated prior to the October 2019 election.

If any council wants to delegate further functions from the time it takes office following the October election, and want the community board remuneration to increase accordingly, the value of that increase will need to come out of the council governance remuneration pool, recognising that additional work by community board members relieves councillors of this work.

Additional levels of responsibility can be recognised only for the board as a whole, and not for individual members. Each proposal will be considered on a case by case basis. Evidence will be required to show how any community board is operating significantly above and beyond the role of community boards as outlined in section 52 of the Local Government Act 2002. The maximum amount that can be added to the community board member remuneration is 30%.

Local Government Act 2002, Section 52 – legislation.govt.nz

Councillor Members of Community Boards

Councillors formally appointed as members or chairs of a community board are not entitled to remuneration as a councillor as well as remuneration as a community board member.

Following the 2019 election, any such extra remuneration for additional responsibility will come from the council’s governance pool.

Chairs and Deputy Chairs of Community Boards

The remuneration of an elected chair of a community board will be twice the remuneration of a community board member, including additional remuneration for that board’s members, if any.

The deputy chair of a community board is remunerated as a board member, reflecting the Authority's view that the role of deputy chair is not sufficiently different from that of a board member to warrant additional remuneration.