PAGE 6 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May152019 News Would councillors take a pay cut for Would city councillors going to get people that are going to give really politically correct be happy to give answers when what they are away a portion of their wanting to say is no, but they salaries to increase the will go well I might consider it because they don’t want to offend remuneration of Banks anyone,” he said. Peninsula Community Cr Gough had his concerns Board members? Louis over cutting salaries. Day reports “My only caution with that is salary is going to be a factor SIX-FIGURE-earning city James Gough in attracting good quality councillors will have to consider candidates,” he said. sacrificing some of their salaries “I would caution against low to boost the pay of community remuneration for a councillors board members. role.” The Remuneration Authority, City councillor David East which sets the pay of city said it was a “cop out” from the councillors and community Remuneration Authority. board members, said if “Would they [the community board remuneration Remuneration Authority] be was to be increased, it would happy to cut their salary to make have to come from the money the remuneration of community allocated towards the salaries of boards any better?” he said. city councillors. David East City councillor Tim Scandrett After the elections, councils said he would vote to keep things FINANCE: The majority of city councillors say they would be open to discussing cutting their around New Zealand will make the way they were. own salaries to increase the pay of community board members. proposals on the allocation of He felt community board their governance pools, deciding members, including those of the on the salaries of city councillors They receive $9670 a year and not seek reelection because of The majority said they would Banks Peninsula Community and if any money from the pool say it is not enough considering what they are paid. be open to discussing a pay cut Board were fairly remunerated. will be put aside for community the time and travel they put into City councillors are paid to increase the remuneration of “Although they [Banks board members, which will be the work. $102,400 a year, Deputy Mayor community board members. Peninsula Community Board finalised by the authority. The current remuneration Andrew Turner receives $118,220 However, potential mayoral members] travel a lot they do Banks Peninsula Community model is set by population, and Mayor Lianne Dalziel is on candidate and city councillor have less people deal with,” he Board members have complained so community boards with $193,099. James Gough disagreed and said. about what they are paid in bigger populations get better BayHarbour News asked city accused his colleagues of being Cr Turner said he would comparison to other community remuneration. councillors last week what they dishonest. support a decision to sacrifice boards. Half of the board say they may thought of the new pay system. “Over election year you are part of the salaries. 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Wednesday May152019 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi BAY HARBOUR PAGE 7 community boards? “I think the level of pay for the Banks Peninsula Community Board is not adequate and is certainly out of line when compared to other city boards,” he said. City councillor Sara Templeton said she would also be open to city councillor salaries being used to better remunerate the community boards. She said she is concerned the current model was preventing people from running for community boards. “We need to enable a wide range of people to stand for our community boards, not just in Banks Peninsula but across the city, part of that is better remuneration,” Cr Templeton said. City councillor Aaron Keown felt the current level of remuneration going to the Banks Peninsula Community Board needed to change. “It’s like mum and dad saying they love you and your sister equally but when they die your sister gets 70 per cent of the house and you get 30 per cent,” he said. City councillors Jimmy Chen, Anne Galloway, Vicki Buck, Glenn Livingstone, Pauline Cotter, Raf Manji, Deon Swiggs and Phil Clearwater also Andrew Turner Sara Templeton Ali Jones said they would be open to a discussion after the elections about sacrificing a portion of their salary to supplement community boards. City councillor Yani Johanson did not respond to calls from BayHarbour News. Ms Dalziel was unavailable for comment. However, city councillor Mike Davidson said the remuneration of community board chairs as well as city councillor salaries needed to be looked at. “What I always think is potentially the chairs may be over remunerated when you see that they get double what community board members get,” he said. Papanui-Innes Community Board chairwoman Ali Jones earns $46,310 a year, while board members are paid $23,155. But Ms Jones said she would completely reject a reduction in her remuneration. “I feel that what I’m paid is appropriate for the number of hours, the accessibility, the knowledge and experience that I bring to the role,” she said. However, Ms Jones believed community board members did deserve to be better remunerated. “You can’t rob Peter to pay Paul, you need to remunerate people correctly in the first place and you should not be cutting wages of city councillors who are already doing a huge job for the money they are paid,” Ms Jones said. SCENIC ROUTE: The Garden of Tane is set to become home to Akaroa’s first light festival this weekend. Lighting up Akaroa • By Louis Day AKAROA WILL host its first light festival on Saturday. Lumiere d’Akaroa will happen in the Garden of Tane and from 6-10pm. The combination of a full moon and lighting along the garden floor will illuminate the walking track in the dark. Twelve art installations will be scattered along the track with food, drink and entertainment at the end. “After the garden trail visitors will be able to have dinner and listen to music as they eat fish burgers, Spanish casserole or crepes washed down by mulled wine, or hot chocolate with Baileys,” said Akaroa District Promotions event co-ordinator Jane Scribner. The event is free to the public. Ms Scribner said the festival could become an annual event if it was a success. “We are hoping for around 500 people but there could be more, it’s hard to tell as it’s a first time event.” A kids glow in the dark workshop will also be held before the light festival from 11am to 1pm at Trinity Church. “Kids will produce very rudimentary clothing that will be painted with glow in the dark paint so when they come to the light festival those kids will become an art installation themselves.” YOUR LOCAL ACCOUNTANT I COME TO YOU Still Pedalling! Financial Statement Preparation Tax Preparation & Compliance Xero & MYOB Specialist Steven Clarke Ltd. 7 Margot Lane Mount Pleasant, Christchurch Phone 03 384 4633 Cell 021 677 670 firstname.lastname@example.org “AROUND THE WORLD” WEDNEsDAys $15 dishes from 5pm Experience the cuisine this month from: Trevor Crowe’s been repairing & improving vehicles for 70 years. You can benefit from his experience at... Subaru Specialists Electric and Hybrid Vehicles We have a great range of Leaf’s and Prius’s hand picked for the best battery health. Sensible prices, easy finance options. Backed up by our expert technical team. MExicO THAiLAND JAPAN May 16 May 22 May 29 Running alongside our full menu on these evenings. Fishermans Wharf 39 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton 03 328 7530 fishermanswharf.nz Tuesday to Sunday Lunch and Dinner Saturday & Sunday Breakfast Visit online at www.crowesport.co.nz 518 Moorhouse Ave (East End) Phone 379 7615