The new Christchurch City Council boss will not get the
same pay as exiting chief executive Tony Marryatt.
This is the message from Mayor Lianne Dalziel and city
councillors after they learned Mr Marryatt commands a higher
salary than those doing his job in England and Australia.
Exiting chief executive Mr Marryatt is paid $538,529 which
includes the use of a car. His resignation takes effect next
The Star looked at how much local government chief
executives were paid overseas and Mr Marryatt's controversial
pay packet beat all of them - most by more than $50,000.
His $68,000 pay rise, which he took as part of his
$200,000-plus exit package in September, divided the former
City councillors set the remuneration for the chief
According to English local body watchdog The Tax Payers
Authority the highest paid chief executive in England during
2011-2012 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council's
Derek Myers was paid NZ$511,000 - some $25,000 less than Mr
The next highest paid was Cheshire West and Chester Council
chief executive Steve Robinson, who got NZ$442,000 - almost
$100,000 less than Mr Marryatt.
Birmingham City Council's chief executive Stephen Hughes, who
manages a population of a million, was paid NZ$435,000.
The Australia Gold Coast City Council, which is one of the
largest in Australia, pays its chief executive Dale Dickson
between NZ$399,000 and $410,200 according to its 2011-2012
annual report, and the City of Sydney pays its chief
The numbers shocked new head of the city council's finance
committee Raf Manji.
He said there will be far more "modesty'' from this city
"People really have lost touch with reality. What I've
observed in the last few years is chief executives pays are
completely out of control,'' he said.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the city council "was looking for
constraint'' on the chief executive's pay packet.
"In all aspects of the city council business, we are looking
for constraint given the pressures on city council finances.
The salary paid to the chief executive is no exception,'' she
"We will be seeking advice on remuneration as part of the
recruitment process and believe this should be fair, but not
- By Shelley Robinson of the Christchurch Star