MPs salaries

Derek Cheng at NZ Herald reports:

Twenty-five new members of Parliament will pick up a pay packet of at least $141,800 – a huge pay rise for some of the newcomers.

It is not a universal rule, but for those from the centre-left an MPs pay packet is the highest salary they have ever had in their lives. While for many from the centre-right, it is a considerable drop in income.

Here’s what the salaries will be for the various MPs.

  • PM – $411,500
  • Deputy PM – $291,800
  • Cabinet Ministers – $257,800
  • Speaker – $257,800
  • Leader of the Opposition – $257,800
  • Ministers outside Cabinet – $217,200
  • Government Chief Whip – $192,370
  • Members of Executive Council not a full Minister – $189,000
  • Labour Deputy Leader – $184,790
  • Labour Senior Whip – $183,940
  • Deputy Speaker – $181,200
  • Green Party Leader – $174,790
  • NZ First Party Leader – $168,640
  • Under-Secretaries $168,600
  • Green Whip – $164,310
  • Maori Party Leader – $161,250
  • NZ First Whip – $158,160
  • Mana Party Leader – $157,550
  • Assistant Speakers – $155,700
  • National and Labour Junior Whips – $155,700
  • Select Committee Chairs – $155,700
  • Select Committee Deputy Chairs – $146,200
  • Member of Parliament – $141,800

If a leadership position is shared, my understanding is that the difference between the Leader’s salary and a normal MPs salary is shared between them – they don’t both get the full leader salary.

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