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$240,000 salary set for super city mayor

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Wellington, June 24 NZPA - If Auckland Mayor John Banks manages to win the super city mayoralty in October he can expect a pay rise of almost $80,000.

The Remuneration Authority today released its determination on elected member remuneration in the new Auckland council, saying the new mayor will be paid $240,000 and councillors a base rate of $80,000.

Mr Banks, who is campaigning for the top job, is currently New Zealand's highest paid mayor with a salary of $160,567.

The base rate for local board members within the greater Auckland region will be between $20,100 (Great Barrier) and $37,100 (Howick), which are the minimum and maximum base rates respectively.

Both councillors and local board members can get extra pay by picking up extra responsibilities.

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said it was pleasing to get "one of the last pieces of the picture" completed in the transformation before the elections.

"Those planning to run for elected positions in the new council can now plan their campaigns and get on with working towards a better Auckland."

Mr Hide said the authority had found a balance between recognising the responsibilities of each position, and a fair cost to ratepayers.

Under the current governance of the Auckland region there are 261 elected representatives, including community board members. In the new council there will be 170. Mr Hide said that equated to a salary bill of $8 million, or a $1.3m saving.

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