Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole
Heatly's pay is more than $390,000, but is low compared with
other heads of large DHBs.
The salary, $390,000 to $399,999 in 2012-13, was released
alongside other state sector heads by the State Services
Southern is the largest of the 20 health boards by land mass,
and in 2012-13 had the sixth-highest revenue.
Contacted for comment, board chairman Joe Butterfield said
that because it was Ms Heatly's first full financial year in
the job, her salary did not include a performance payment
from the previous year.
Her pay should not be compared with the heads of MidCentral
DHB ($520,000 to $529,999), Canterbury DHB ($530,000 to
$539,999), or Bay of Plenty DHB ($480,000 to $489,999), Mr
''It's comparing apples with oranges, because of the way in
which pay is assessed after year-end.''
Ms Heatly started the job in March last year.
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne was
Dunedin's highest-paid state sector head, receiving $520,000
Her pay was lower than the heads of the University of
Auckland and Massey University, but equalled Victoria
University's, and was higher than the heads of Canterbury and
Waikato universities. Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil
Ker had an increase.
His pay was $330,000 to $339,999, compared with $320,000 to
$329,999 the previous year.
In Invercargill, Southern Institute of Technology chief
executive Penny Simmonds received $270,000 to $279,999, up
from $250,000 to $259,999 the previous year.
Aoraki Polytechnic's former chief executive Kay Nelson
departed in December last year. She received $170,000 to
$179,999 from July to December 21, including final day
entitlements of more than $77,000.