Want a $240,000 Job?
The Remuneration Authority has determined that the new Auckland Council mayor will be paid $240,000, and councillors will receive a base rate of $80,000.
Auckland’s present mayor gets $160,000.
The base rate for Local Board members will be between $20,100 (Great Barrier) the minimum base rate and $37,100 (Howick), the maximum base rate. Extra remuneration can accompany additional responsibilities for both councillors and local board members.
Currently, Auckland has 261 elected representatives, including community board members.
In the new council there will be 170, which minister Rodney Hide says will save ratepayers $1.3 million.
The question is: is $240,000 enough to attract the sort of leader who will make big decisions for Auckland, bearing in mind the mayor will also lose some powers to the CCOs?
And will, as rumours persist, some celebrity suddenly announce their candidacy for the Mayor, famous enough to not have to launch a multi-million last-minute campaign and push through to grab those undecided or unimpressed with the present candidates without people really questioning whether they have more than just star power?