Our governance statement describes how we carry out our local government responsibilities and promote democracy in our community. This document is prepared at the start of each three-year term.
Elected members are entitled to be paid for the work undertaken. This remuneration is generally by way of a base salary.
A remuneration pool is set by the Remuneration Authority. The Council determines how to apply the pool of funding. Some expenses are also reimbursed.
The pool is more than the minimum amount that can be paid to each Councillor, so the Council must then decide how to allocate the rest of the money between elected members. The Remuneration Authority also directly sets the pay of the mayor.
The Council must allocate all of the pool. Elected members are required to accept the allocated remuneration.
The remuneration of the Mayor is set at $147,030. Following the 2022 local elections, the remuneration of the Mayor will be set at $151,954.
Current pay for councillors with no additional responsibilities: $51,564.
Councillors with additional responsibilities are currently paid at the following rates:
Deputy Mayor: $72,662
Chair Te Puna Kōrero: $69,826
Chair Chief Executive’s Employment Committee: $56,195
Minimum pay following the 2022 local elections: $42,136.
Anita is the Mayor of Porirua City. She was elected in 2019 for a term of three years. Say kia ora when you spot her.
The Mayor can also:
Councillors are here to represent your views. Have a yarn with them about your ideas for your local area when you see them.
The Mayor appoints the Deputy Mayor at the first council meeting after the local body election. The Deputy Mayor has the same roles as other councillors, but fulfils the Mayor’s responsibilities if they’re absent or incapacitated, or if the office of Mayor is vacant.
The council can vote to remove the Deputy Mayor from their role as Deputy Mayor.
A committee chairperson presides over the committee’s meetings and makes sure it acts within the powers the council has given it.
The council can vote to remove a committee chairperson from their role as chairperson.
There are legal requirements for how elected council members must behave: