MPs' pay - basic $118,000p.a.
For the year from 1 July 2005
Members of Parliament receive a basic salary of $118,000. They also get
an expenses allowance of $13,500 - to cover expenses such as accommodation
in Wellington and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the pursuit
of Parliamentary business.
The Prime Minister's salary for the year is $347,000, the deputy Prime
Minister $245,000, a Minister in Cabinet $216,000, a Minister outside
Cabinet $183,000, other members of the Executive Council $158,000, Parliamentary
Under-Secretary $141,000, the Leader of the Opposition $216,000, each
Party Leader $130,000 plus amounts related to the number of MPs in their
party, and each party Deputy Leader's base salary of $150,075.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives' salary is $216,000, Deputy
Speaker is $152,000 and each Assistant Speaker is $130,000.
The salary for each party
Whip is $130 -158,000. A Junior Whip in a party with not less than 25
members receives $130,000.
A select committee chairperson's
salary is $130,000, and deputy receives $122,000.
Parliamentary Service administers payment of all Member's salaries, allowances
and superannuation provisions, as fixed by the Remuneration Authority,
which is an independent body.
The Remuneration Authority said in 2005 it has long recognised that there
is a need to maintain some relativity across the salaries paid to Parliamentarians/
the Executive, the Judiciary and the public service. "Likewise, it
has recognised that it would not be appropriate for political remuneration
to be tied closely to the private sector."
For more information, see
the current statutory regulation Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances
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Content updated 20 December