New Zealand MPs to receive payrise
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The pay rises for backbench MPs are between 3.8% and 4.1% which will mean a backbench MP will now earn around NZ$122,500. The pay rises are to counter inflation next year of about 2.5% which will result in MPs receiving more money. Other MPs with senior positions will get rises of between 4% and 8.1%.
This year the Prime Minister's increase will be worth just over $14,000 - paying her $6,942 a week. Helen Clark, PM of New Zealand, received a 9.4 per cent rise last year, increasing her salary by nearly $30,000 to $347,000. The latest increase will see her salary rise to about $361,000.
National's multimillionaire John Key has already secured a significant pay rise this week with his election to the leader's job and is on $216,000.
The pay rise will be backdated to July 1, The New Zealand Herald reported today.
Mr Key told The New Zealand Herald that he would donate a significant amount of his pay check to charitable organisations, as he has done since he first became an MP.
Last year backbenchers got a 4.1% increase in their pay.
Judges are also going to expect a pay rise next year of about 5%.
- Ruth Berry. "PM gets pay rise for Christmas" — , November 30, 2006
- Nzpa. "MPs get 4.1 pc pay rise" — , November 30, 2006