It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to resolve and adopt their own rules for granting an extended leave of absence without pay to a local government member, mayor, or regional council chair. See LGNZ’s Guide to Standing Orders for more information on the granting of leave of absences to local government members.
Local government members, unlike paid employees, do not have entitlements to prescribed holiday or sick leave. Most local government members will take leave from time to time.
An extended leave of absence without pay could be for personal reasons such as family/parental leave, prolonged holiday, illness or in some cases, when standing for another public office.
The following information on eligibility for extended leave of absence without pay, cessation of remuneration allowances, and expenses, and Acting mayor or chairperson are rules prescribed by the Authority under schedule 7, section 6(3)(b)(ii) of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) for all local government members listed under schedule 7, sections 6(1) & 6(2) of the Act.
Eligibility for extended leave of absence without pay:
An important role of the deputy mayor or deputy regional council chair is to cover short absences by the mayor or regional council chair. In these cases, the deputy is not eligible to receive the remuneration, allowances and benefits usually payable to the mayor or regional council chair.
However, if a local government member is acting as the mayor or regional council chair because the position is vacant or the incumbent is on a formal extended period of leave of absence without pay (as described above), the acting member is eligible to receive the remuneration, allowances, fees and benefits usually payable to the mayor or regional council chair, instead of the acting member’s usual entitlements listed in the current Local Government Members Determination and the council’s members expenses and reimbursement policy. The acting member is also entitled to the use of the motor vehicle if one is provided to the mayor or regional council chair.