The 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 Remuneration Authority reviewed its approach to setting the remuneration of Auckland local boards elected members in 2019.
The Auckland local boards were re-sized using similar criteria to those of territorial authorities but with different weightings and sources. The decision to use a separate scale was driven by recognition of the boards’ unique characters and different responsibilities.
Some of the factors used by the Authority in sizing the Auckland Local Boards are also used by Auckland Council to allocate operational budgets to the 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 Auckland Local Board size index is based on:
All factors used are retrospective but measured at “a point in time” as near as possible to the time of the determination. No data sets should be more than three years old, except for the deprivation index, which is reviewed following each census.
In considering an appropriate pay scale for Auckland Local Board members, the Authority was mindful of the need to achieve and maintain fair relativity with remuneration received elsewhere. In particular, remuneration for members of Auckland Council’s Governing Body and the relationships between the local boards themselves were considered.