Elected Members

This page answers questions about the roles, responsibilities and remuneration of Elected Members.

When do elected members take up their roles?

Elected Council members take up office the day after the official result has been declared by public notice.  However, they cannot act until they have sworn the oath of office which is usually at the first meeting of Council.  This meeting is scheduled for 20 October 2016.

District Health Board members take up office 58 days after election day (Monday 5 December 2016).

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Who are elected members responsible to?

Ultimately the elected Council members’ final responsibility is to the local community.  The Minister of Local Government and the Auditor-General do have a role in ensuring that Council follows the law.

All district health board members are accountable to the Minister of Health.

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Do elected members get paid, and if so, how much?

This is set by the Remuneration Authority.  Some expenses are also reimbursed. Remuneration for Tasman District Council members from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 is as follows: 

OfficeAnnual Salary $

Mayor

129,719

Deputy Mayor

46,540

Standing Committee Chairperson

42,960

Councillor

35,800

Golden Bay Community Board Chairperson

12,200

Golden Bay Community Board Member

6,100

Motueka Community Board Chairperson

13,600

Motueka Community Board member

6,800

 District Health Board members are paid on the basis of the Cabinet Fees framework.

Remuneration for District Health Board members in 2013 was:

  • Board Member: $19,500 per annum
  • Deputy Chair: $24,375 per annum
  • Chair: $39,000 per annum

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Would being an elected member take up much time?

Being an elected member is a busy job that often involves meetings, events and speaking with community members outside of normal business hours.  Flexibility and the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively are essential.  This includes balancing a high volume of reading, paperwork and emails with a schedule of meetings and public commitments.

As a consequence, the Mayor is considered a full-time job and Councillors and Community Board members are generally part-time jobs.

For further information, please refer to the Candidate Information Booklet which can be downloaded from our website www.tasman.govt.nz or available from our offices and libraries from June 2016.

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