The Remuneration Authority determines the remuneration, allowances, and expenses payable to local government elected members.
Local government elected members remuneration
The Remuneration Authority sets remuneration for elected positions in local authorities, and also sets the rules for reimbursement of costs incurred by elected members while engaged on local authority business.
The Remuneration Authority’s approach to setting the remuneration and allowances of elected members.
Start and end dates of remuneration
The effective start and end dates of remuneration for local government elected members.
The governance remuneration pool provides the total amount that must be paid in remuneration to councillors in each individual council.
Mayors and regional council chairs
Remuneration for mayors and regional chairs is set directly by the Remuneration Authority and is not included in the council governance remuneration pool.
Remuneration for community board members is based partly on population size and is relative to the remuneration of its elected members.
The Remuneration Authority sets the remuneration for Auckland local board chairs, deputy chairs and members, based on a size index developed for these boards.
Allowances for elected members
Elected members may be entitled to receive allowances while working on local authority business. Current allowances include:
Local government elected members may be paid for work on some types of hearings.
Mayors and regional council chairs who receive a council-provided vehicle will have the cost of its private use deducted from their annual remuneration.
Local authorities resolve and adopt their own rules for granting an extended leave of absence to an elected member, mayor or regional council chair.