Local board deputy chairpersons will have their salaries slashed by an average of 34 per cent after the next local body elections.
But all other elected members are in for a pay rise.
Board chairpersons are the big winners with some getting nearly 30 per cent rises.
Devonport-Takapuna and Upper Harbour board chairs will get nearly a 20 per cent raise, but Hibiscus Bays and Kaipatiki will only see 12 to 13 per cent more cash.
Board members at Devonport-Takapuna and Kaipatiki local board will take home about 6 per cent more and Upper Harbour, and Hibiscus Bays 7 and 5 per cent more respectively.
At the top of the Auckland Council chain, councillors who chair committees get the biggest increase of 17 per cent followed by the deputy mayor who gains a 14 per cent increase.
The mayor gets just a 1.5 per cent rise and ward councillors get 9.5 per cent extra in their pay packets. The overall remuneration fund for elected members will rise nearly half a million dollars from $5,886,900 to $6,353,817 after October's elections.
The changes come after the Remuneration Authority reviewed the workload of elected members and found many positions were underpaid. But elected members still will not get as much as they deserve, the authority says. In fairness to the ratepayer the authority will not be implementing the identified increases in full, but will be starting a transition to recognising a fulltime regime over a number of years.
Authority deputy chairwoman Angela Foulkes says that when Auckland Council was first set up the authority had to "guess-timate" how much to pay elected members for roles that did not yet exist.
Three years in they have a clearer idea of job sizes and workloads, she says.
"What we looked at this time was job size and population in combination on the basis that the population tended to drive the amount of work to some extent."
Twice during the super-city's first term the authority had evaluators talk to councillors, local board people and council staff and review the various council positions.
"One of the things they said was they believed there was not an appreciable difference in the amount of work between a local board member and a deputy chair to justify a salary for a deputy chair," Ms Foulkes says.
The increase in chairperson salaries had nothing to do with the removal of the deputy chairpersons, she says.
"It was more because we had anticipated them as being very much part-time jobs and were of the view that while they are not necessarily absolutely fulltime yet, they are moving towards it."
Councillors' pay rates went up for the same reason, she says.
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