from the NZ Herald

Auckland Council chief executive Jim Stabback has received a $30,000 pay rise, taking his salary to $630,000.

The 5 per cent increase was approved 12 votes to eight behind closed doors by Mayor Phil Goff and councillors in mid-December and backdated to September 1 last year.

The council is also negotiating a possible 6 per cent pay rise for staff after inflation hit 5.9 per cent for the December quarter. This would cost the council $57 million and take the wages bill to $1 billion for the first time.

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That should make Auckland Ratepayers happy–not. The new figure for Mr Stabback is exactly double what KCDC’s Mr Maxwell gets, although the population catchment area is about 30 times greater.