This extract from the KCDC Candidates Handbook shows that while the Waikanae Community Board members wanted a 30% pay rise, the Remuneration Authority gave them 11% — the same as everyone else.

The pay for a councilor is about right in our view considering the hours involved — about a half full-time job for someone who takes the job seriously, but if the WCB members simply see their role as showing up to the hall 8 times a year to decide on applications for grants and rubber-stamp decisions made by bureaucrats, then what they get is overgenerous.

Anyway the opportunity to replace the existing WCB members with better ones is coming shortly.