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Roles, responsibilities and remuneration of elected members

Ngā mahi, ngā kawenga me te utu a ngā mema pōti

Remuneration for elected members is set by the independent Remuneration Authority and varies according to the size of the area they represent and their role.

You should know

After a major review by the Remuneration Authority in 2018, there will be some changes in how remuneration is set for councillors in local government. The new figures will be made official in late June and will come into effect the day after the official result is declared.
 
For more information about how the remuneration will be determined, see the Elected members remuneration page on the Auckland Council website.

​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.

Proposed annual remuneration

$296,000 (effective from the day after the official election result is declared).

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.

Proposed annual remuneration

To be decided by the newly elected Governing Body following the election.

Councillors

Time commitment

Full time - 40 hours or more a week.

Proposed annual remuneration

$106,306 base remuneration (effective from the day after the official election result is declared).

The newly elected Governing Body will decide how to allocate a pool of additional money to the councillors based on added responsibilities.

For more information on this process, see Elected members' remuneration.

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.

Proposed annual remuneration

$28,000 to $49,500 (effective from the day after the official election result is declared).

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.

Proposed annual remuneration

$57,000 to $99,000 (effective from the day after the official election result is declared).

Key responsibilities

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

Local board deputy chair

Time commitment

Part time - 20-30 hours per week.

Proposed annual remuneration

$34,200 to $59,400 (effective from the day after the official election result is declared).

District Health Board member

Time commitment

Part time - around 30 days per year.

Annual remuneration

$25,000+

Key responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the DHB.
  • Ensure the DHB meets its service and financial obligations.
  • Appointing the DHB's chief executive.

There are three DHBs in Auckland:

  • Waitematā
  • Auckland
  • Counties Manukau.

Read more about running to become a district health board member on the DHB website.

Licensing Trust member

Time commitment

3-10 hours per month.

Remuneration

$200-$1020 per month.

Key responsibilities

  • Assess funding applications.
  • Make decisions regarding the running of commercial activities like hotels and bars.
  • Attend monthly meetings.

There are five licensing trusts in Auckland:

  • Wiri
  • Birkenhead
  • Mt Wellington
  • Portage
  • Waitākere.

Elected members' code of conduct

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

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