Christchurch City Council will review incentives for executives of companies it owns following criticism of a pay rise for the Lyttelton Port boss.
The port's chief executive, Peter Davie, has been given a pay increase of $200,000 taking his salary to $1.24 million.
Three men have died while working at the Canterbury port in less than a year, and friends of some of the men killed want Mr Davie to turn down the pay rise - with one saying the money should be spent on safety on the wharf.
Christchurch City Holdings Limited, which is owned by the council, will take over full control of the Port shortly.
The council's finance and strategy deputy chairman, Raf Manji, told Nine to Noon the council will look into performance indicators for the port's chief executive.
"We want to see some non-financial metrics in there as well such as health and safety and maybe community engagement and community feedback as well," he said.
Mr Manji said profits should trickle down through companies, and not just be received by executives and directors.
The port company has said the chief executive's pay is determined using market based comparative data provided by an experienced independent consultant.
In a statement this week it said a significant portion of the increase paid this year was in respect of the previous (2012/2013) financial year.