The double dipping Councillors

The Herald reports:

Some Wellington city councillors are spending 18 and 30 hours a week on paid employment on top of their role as an elected member.

The job is paid over $110,000 a year. That is clearly a full-time salary. No Councillor should be undertaking paid employment on top of that.

If the role is indeed such that it can be done part-time, then the salaries should be much lower.

Councillor Iona Pannett reported back saying she spent 30 hours a week with her role as chief executive of Birthright New Zealand.

Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons reported she spent about 18 hours a week working as an in-house barrister and solicitor for the NZ Public Service Association.

Maybe candidates for Council should not just be forced to disclose which ward they live in, but whether or not they intend to have jobs on the side.

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