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Legislation was passed in Parliament last week giving the Remuneration Authority, which is responsible for allocating the pay of elected members, the ability to reduce councillor and mayoral salaries by up to 20 per cent for six months.
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However, the authority's chairwoman Dame Fran Wilde said a decision would be made “in the next couple of weeks or so”.
The majority of city councillors in Christchurch, who earn $114,130 a year, and also Mayor Lianne Dalziel with a salary of $195,000, have signalled a willingness to take pay cuts in order to ease the burden on ratepayers.