Hawke's Bay Council Should Have Made Decision Public
Hawke's Bay Regional Council Should
Have Made Decision
27 FEBRUARY 2014
Responding to media reports that the Hawke's Bay
Regional Council tried to keep the $84,500 rise in salary of
their CEO, Andrew Newman, secret from the public, Jordan
Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayer's
"The councillors who agreed to the raise have
lost sight of their role as stewards of ratepayer money.
No wonder they wanted the backdated raise kept secret and
buried in the Council's annual report."
"It is clear that
councillors were embarrassed writing the $380,000 pay cheque
using ratepayer money. Mr Newman's running a council, not a
"With so many questions hanging over the
Ruataniwha Dam and calls for more transparency, it is a
relief that at least some councillors felt the need to go
Mr Newman's salary is now $380,000, more than
$75,000 greater than the Deputy Prime
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