Canterbury University vice-chancellor receives $90,001 jump in remuneration

University of Canterbury vice-chancellor, Dr Rod Carr, was paid $31,000 in back pay in the last financial year, a ...
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University of Canterbury vice-chancellor, Dr Rod Carr, was paid $31,000 in back pay in the last financial year, a spokeswoman said.

University of Canterbury Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr received a pay rise of at least $90,000 in the last financial year, newly released figures show.

The State Services Commission's Senior Pay Report outlines remuneration for tertiary education institutions' chief executives within $10,000 bands.

It shows Carr's remuneration climbed from between $550,000 and $559,999 in 2014-15 to $650,000-$659,999 in the year to June 2016.

University of Canterbury vice-chancellor, Dr Rod Carr, received a significant pay increase in the last financial year, ...
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University of Canterbury vice-chancellor, Dr Rod Carr, received a significant pay increase in the last financial year, according to the latest State Services Commission report.

The university said the increase was made in consultation with the commission when it resized his role to reflect his additional earthquake responsibilities.

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It also explained that $31,000 of the increase was back-pay from the 2014-15 financial year. 

Steve Maharey, outgoing Massey University vice-chancellor, was the recipient of a pay increase of at least $40,001 in ...
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Steve Maharey, outgoing Massey University vice-chancellor, was the recipient of a pay increase of at least $40,001 in the 2015/16 financial year.

A spokeswoman said Carr, who was appointed to the role in 2009, had been leading the organisation "through a critical period of the Canterbury earthquakes and their ongoing aftermath".

"Dr Carr has seen a $550 million insurance claim settled and instigated a $1.1 billion building programme across [the] 87-hectare campus.

"Cantabrians have been facing a unique and unprecedented set of challenges in a dramatically changed and changing city, with the university also facing ongoing impact [on] enrolments and environment."

The minimum $10,001 increase vice-chancellor, Professor Grant Guilford, received in the 2015/16 financial year was ...
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The minimum $10,001 increase vice-chancellor, Professor Grant Guilford, received in the 2015/16 financial year was "within the range provided by the State Services Commission," says chancellor, Sir Neville Jordan.

Remuneration figures outlined in the report includes benefits paid in cash (base pay, performance-related pay, superannuation) or benefits paid in kind, which include company cars or additional annual leave.

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If a board wants to increase a chief executive's remuneration, it must consult with State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, who offers guidance on what are considered reasonable increases. 

"We need to make sure we pay well enough to get highly skilled and qualified people leading our government agencies, but we also need to ensure the salaries paid are defensible," Hughes said.

University of Otago vice-chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, received a pay rise of at least $20,001 in 2015/16 - a ...
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University of Otago vice-chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, received a pay rise of at least $20,001 in 2015/16 - a figure described as "justified" by the academic institution.

Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey pocketed an increase of at least $40,001 from between $550,000 and $559,999 in 2014-15 to between $600,000 and $609,999 in 2015-16.

A spokesman said the increase included a "performance (or at-risk) component to the salary based on the achievement of goals agreed by [the university] council".

The biggest earner in the tertiary sector was Auckland University Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon. He banked at least $20,001 more in 2015-16 than the previous year, taking him to a total of between $710,000 and $719,999.

Auckland University was recently ranked 82nd in the QS World University rankings.

Otago University Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne's pay cheque jumped at least $20,001 to between $590,000 and $599,999.

"The remuneration is justifiable, as it is comparable to similar roles nationally," a spokeswoman said.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford received a more modest increase of at least $10,001, putting his salary at between $540,000 and $549,000.

Chancellor Sir Neville Jordan, said Guilford's salary increase reflected the university's achievements and "was within the range of increases provided by the commission".

The commission's report said the average percentage increase in the tertiary sector was 3.8 per cent.

 - Stuff

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