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Roles, responsibilities and remuneration of elected members

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

​Mayor

The mayor leads Auckland Council and chairs the governing body.

Full time (A significant professional and personal commitment, including after hours and weekends is required)

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

The deputy mayor is appointed by the mayor from the elected ward councillors and serves on the governing body with councillors.

Full time (40 hours or more a week)

Annual remuneration $157,518

 

Councillors 

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 governing body councillors.

 

Local board member

Part time (12-24 hours a week)

Annual remuneration $24,103 - $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 

Full time (40 hours per week)

Annual remuneration $55,123 - $98,472

 

Key responsibilities:

  • oversight of the local board’s activities
  • fronting media enquiries
  • representing the local board at a regional level
  • leading local board meetings and maintaining conduct.

Learn more about local board roles and responsibilities.

 

Local board deputy chair

Part time (20-30 hours a week)

Annual remuneration $33,074-$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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