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Upper Hutt Leader : October 12th 2011
53 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 12, 2011 To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz How much your councillors are paid Authority Greater Wellington Wellington Hutt City Porirua Kapiti Coast Upper Hutt Masterton Horowhenua South Wairarapa Carterton Population 483,000 196,000 102,000 52,000 49,000 41,000 23,000 20,000 9,300 7,000 Budget -$000 $345,000,000 $366,000,000 $123,500,000 $64,000,000 $62,000,000 $43,000,000 $35,000,000 $23,000,000 $17,000,000 $13,000,000 $/ratepayer * $714.29 $1,867.35 $1,210.78 $1,230.77 $1,265.31 $1,048.78 $1,521.74 $1,150.00 $1,827.96 $1,857.14 Mayor/Chair $152,409 $159,600 $128,370 $100,900 $92,424 $89,100 $78,100 $76,684 $61,800 $56,900 Deputy mayor/chair $77,000 $137,700 $58,892 $40,288 $36,283 $39,723 $26,527 $26,712 $24,805 $18,807 Committee chair $61,607 -$73,000 $79,700 - $104,650 $51,825 - $66,825 $35,972 $31,812 - $33,942 $29,395 -$37,339 $26,527 $27,362 N/A N/A Deputy committee chair N/A N/A N/A N/A $26,292 - $28,422 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Councillor $54,000 $65,430 $45,065 $28,776 $24,977 $24,986 $20,406 $18,843 $13,522 $14,463 * = Council's annual spend per resident The dosh: The table shows how much the elected representatives are earning, how big their respective councils are and how free-spending they are with ratepayers' money. What councils pay and how much By JIM CHIPP How much are we paying our elected representatives, and are they earning their keep? You be the judge. Wellington is the most free- spending council in the region. Its mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, is the highest-paid in dollar terms but the lowest-paid compared to the city s budget, or per ratepayer. Carterton mayor Ron Mark is at the other end of the scale, the lowest paid mayor and the highest paid per resident or as a proport- ion of the district s annual budget. Carterton s councillors are paid slightly better than South Wai- rarapa s but they are easily the highest paid councillors in the region compared to their council s annual budget. South Wairarapa and Carterton share the simplest three-step councillor pay scale --mayor, deputy mayor and coun- cillors. In general, the bigger the coun- cil the more complex the pay scale, with the exception of Greater Wellington Regional Council. As well as a mayor, deputy mayor and councillors, Masterton has three committee chairpersons who are paid just over $6000 more than ordinary councillors. Upper Hutt has four committee chair persons, all on different rates. Kapiti Coast District Council has three committee chairpersons, and also three deputy committee chairpersons, two of whom also hold paid community board appointments, and all are paid different rates. Porirua has two committee chairpersons paid an extra $7000. The salary of mayor Nicholas Leggett is also adjusted down to take account of his right to use his mayoral car privately, as is the salary of Hutt City mayor Ray Wallace. Hutt City s five committee chairpersons are all paid the same rate, $6700 above the ordinary councillor salary, but Roger Styles also collects an extra $15,000 in directors fees as the council del- egate to the board of the council- owned water company Capacity. Wellington city has the most complex payment arrangements. As well as the mayor and deputy mayor Ian McKinnon, three committee chairpersons are paid various premiums and so are nine portfolio leaders. The sole non-chairman or portfolio leader is Simon Marsh but he is one of seven councillors who are paid an extra $15,000 as a council- appointed director of a council- controlled company or trust, or company the council has a stake in. Two more receive even more. Councillor John Morrison is paid an extra $18,000 as a direc- tor of the Wellington Stadium Trust and Mr McKinnon s deputy mayoral salary is supplemented by another $41,000 as a council- appointed director of Wellington International Airport. Greater Wellington has four committee chairpersons. Three, councillors, Chris Laidlaw, Barbara Donaldson and Nigel Wilson, are paid an extra $19,000 and Judith Aitken, $6600. Regional councillors appointed to boards or council-controlled organisations are not paid any- thing additional. Splashing his colour on the Cup Samoan and proud: Talamoni Pio' Masina painted his truck in Samoan colours encouraging everyone to get behind the RWC. By NICHOLAS BOYACK Plenty of locals are flying flags to show support for their Rugby World Cup team, but Hutt contractor Tala- moni Pio Masina has gone a little bit further. His entire truck is a mobile trib- ute to his beloved Samoan rugby team. Even the wheelbarrow and the tyres have been painted, and an array of Samoan and All Black flags flutter in the wind. Predictably, plenty of comments and attention from passers-by. When France played Tonga I went into Wellington in the morning and drove through town. There were heaps of people who took photos, Mr Masina said Anyone seeing the truck would assume Samoa is his number one rugby team but that s not the case. He says it was not his support for Samoa that drove him to give his truck a new colour scheme. I did it to support Samoa and encourage the players, and to let Wellington know there is a World Cup on. Driving to Wellington airport a week before the tournament began, he was disappointed by the lack of flags and colour, and says people could easily not have known it was the eve of the tournament. With Samoa now out of the cup running he is putting all his effort into supporting the All Blacks and is confident they will win. The All Blacks will win, no sweat. Even if there is no [Dan] Carter. Losing Carter gives the boys more and more encourage- ment to do well.
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