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Auckland Council

Roles, responsibilities and remuneration of elected members

Remuneration for elected members is set by the independent Remuneration Authority and varies according to the size of the ward. Remuneration figures may change after a review in mid-2019.

​Mayor

Role

The mayor leads Auckland Council and chairs the governing body.

Time commitment

Full time, with a significant professional and personal commitment, including after hours and weekends.

Annual remuneration

$279,562.

Key responsibilities

  • Promoting a vision for Auckland.
  • Providing leadership to achieve the vision.
  • Leading the development of council plans, policies, and budgets.
  • Ensuring effective engagement between Auckland Council and the people of Auckland.
  • Appointing the deputy mayor.
  • Establishing committees of the Governing Body and appointing a chairperson for each committee.

Learn more about the Mayor's roles and responsibilities.

Deputy mayor

Role

The mayor appoints one of the elected ward councillors to be the deputy mayor.

The deputy mayor serves on the Governing Body with the councillors.

Time commitment

Full time - 40 hours or more a week.

Annual remuneration

$157,518.

Councillors

Time commitment

Full time - 40 hours or more a week.

Annual remuneration

$109,750.

Key responsibilities

  • Attend monthly governing body and committee meetings.
  • Attend hearings conducted by local boards in their ward areas.
  • Attend meetings and workshops with local boards, council employees and external parties as required for individual projects.
  • Read plans, reports and agendas, and other meeting preparation work.
  • Engage with the public, including attending events and public meetings, and liaising with residents and community groups.
  • Work alongside the chairperson and members of local boards in their ward to address issues raised by their constituents.

Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of councillors.

Local board members

Time commitment

Part time - 12-24 hours a week.

Annual remuneration

$24,103 to $44,852.

Key responsibilities

  • Make decisions on local matters.
  • Develop and adopt local board plans.
  • Engage with local community.
  • Propose local bylaws and local targeted rates.

Local board members may also take on responsibility for a particular area or portfolio, such as events or parks.

They may be asked to sit on local board committees such as funding committees.

Learn more about local board roles and responsibilities.

Local board chair

Time commitment

Full time - 40 hours per week.

Annual remuneration

$55,123 to $98,472.

Key responsibilities

  • Oversee the local board's activities.
  • Front media enquiries.
  • Represent the local board at a regional level.
  • Lead local board meetings and maintaining conduct.

Local board deputy chair

Time commitment

Part time - 20-30 hours per week.

Annual remuneration

$33,074 to $59,076.

Elected members' code of conduct

For expectations of being an elected member, see the Elected members' code of conduct.

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