1 May 2015

Pay rises badly timed, says Chch mayor

3:53 pm on 1 May 2015

Christchurch mayor, Lianne Dalziel, has described a decision to increase her pay and that of her fellow councillors as a not ideal process.

Lianne Dalziel

Lianne Dalziel Photo: Christchurch City Council

The Remuneration Authority, which sets wages for MPs and councillors,has increased pay for the city's representatives by four percent and the mayor's salary by just under three-percent.

Councillors have to accept the pay rise but many said it was inappropriate given it was asking ratepayers for a 28 percent rates rise over the next three years.

Today Ms Dalziel said the increase was badly timed.

"It's not an ideal process, I've not considered it. Indiviual councillors that I know have said what they intend to do with their increase."

She said some councillors would donate their increases to charity.

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