Wellington City Council's outgoing chief executive is taking an $80,000 pay cut and heading for sunny Tauranga.
Garry Poole has signed for a five-year term as the chief executive of Tauranga City Council.
He will receive a total salary of $340,000.
His current salary is $420,000.
Though he will be losing a chunk of salary, he may enjoy the weather more - Tauranga has an annual average of 2400 sunshine hours, compared to Wellington's 2000.
Mr Poole's contract with Wellington ends on March 30. He was voted out of his job in December and replaced by Englishman Kevin Lavery.
He will stay on for a further fortnight, while incoming Mr Lavery settles in.
In an email to councillors Mr Poole said he was looking forward to the new role.
"While I will be sad to leave Wellington, and I am proud of what we have done to help build the city's international reputation as a great place to live, work, visit and play. I am also very excited about this new opportunity and challenge."
Tauranga's previous chief executive, Ken Paterson, died suddenly last June.
Mr Poole will take over from acting chief executive Leigh Auton.
Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby said Mr Poole was selected from a strong field of national and international candidates.
"In our view Garry is a top local government chief executive with the skills and experience required to support the mayor and councillors to lead Tauranga into an exciting future," he said.
"Tauranga is a young but exciting, growing city with many challenges and opportunities that require experience and leadership from both the governance and management."
He said the biggest challenge would be managing the city's growth.
Mr Poole was the Wellington council chief executive for 15 years.
He was responsible for a staff of 1400, more than $7 billion of assets and an annual city income of more than $450 million.
Population: 111,000, expected to reach 141,000 by 2021.
Area: 13440 hectares
50,026 rateable properties
Council staff: 500
$3.5 billion total assets
$220 million capital and operational expenditure.
On average, 60 per cent of expenditure each year is growth related.
- The Wellingtonian