Former University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Sir David
Skegg was paid out more than $125,000 when he left the job
last year, figures released by the State Services Commission
The figure was included as part of the annual release of the
pay packets of chief executives in the state and public
service, which showed that the heads of tertiary institutions
were among the top- earners.
The figures showed that when he left the position of
vice-chancellor in August last year Sir David was paid
entitlements of $126,742.
Otago University chancellor John Ward said the payment was
made up of contractual entitlements and there was no "extra
payment" on completion of his term.
"This was for accrued annual leave ... together with the
at-risk portion of his remuneration," Mr Ward said.
The figures also showed that current vice-chancellor Prof
Harlene Hayne was paid between $410,000 and $419,999 from
August 15 last year, when she took on the role, to June 30.
This equated to roughly $500,000 per annum, which confirmed
the projected figure of between $490,000 and $500,000
provided to the Otago Daily Times under Official
Information Act last year.
Aoraki Polytechnic chief executive Kay Nelson's remuneration
band went from between $210,000 and $219,000 to between
$220,000 and $229,999.
Tertiary Education Union (TEU) southern region organiser Kris
Smith said she believed union members at Aoraki Polytechnic
would be "very surprised" to see Ms Nelson had received a pay
rise, given the institution had returned a deficit last year,
with another deficit predicted this year.
Ms Nelson could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker's
remuneration band went from between $290,000 and $299,999 to
between $320,000 and $329,999.
Otago Polytechnic chairwoman Kathy Grant said the polytechnic
council continued to be very impressed with Mr Ker's
"The level of his remuneration reflects a number of factors,
including the scale of the polytechnic's operations ... and
the levels of educational achievement," she saidThe highest
paid chief executive in the tertiary sector was University of
Auckland vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon, on between
$630,000 and $639,999.