No wonder Labour can’t refresh its caucus

David Farrar has a post on MP remuneration:


The Remuneration Authority has published its latest determination for . They no longer have discretion as to any increases – a law change saw it tagged to the average increase in the overall public sector. This has seen a 2.6% increase.  

The salary is only part of their package, so I’ve estimated what the overall package is for each type of MP.

  • Super is the value of the 20% subsidy they get based on a normal MPs salary
  • Perks are the estimated value of free domestic travel for MPs and their families, and for Ministers the value of their self-drive cars
  • Allowance is the allowance set by the Remuneration Authority. This is to cover expenses, but does not need to be accounted for.

By turning down a ministerial job, David Seymour is taking is around $65,000 a year less than what he would have got.

Interesting that the Labour Deputy Leader and Senior Whip get paid more than the Green and NZ First party leaders.

When you look at the numbers and realise that a former union boss is now getting $334,338 per annum to oppose everything and do nothing constructive, and the real leader of the opposition Annette King, a former dental nurse is getting $253,955 and Trevor Mallard, a former school teacher gets $223,594 then you need not wonder anymore why it is that Labour can’t renew their caucus.

Those jobs are quite simply the best jobs they are ever likely to enjoy and almost certainly the highest paying.

No wonder Phil Goff is eyeing up the Mayor of Auckland job. He would get a $50,000 pay rise by shifting troughs.


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