Minister triples fees for new Waikato Council

Posted By TEU on Dec 10, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 42

Waikato University’s new council will be able to claim more than three times the fees the current larger and more democratic council currently receives.

A paper to the University of Waikato council notes that under the current remuneration system the total cost of council fees (excluding expenses) is about $70,000 per year.  Under the new arrangement (assuming the maximum fees apply) the cost could rise to $245,000 per year.

The university’s chancellor Jim Bolger could see his maximum annual rate rise from $25,350 to $40,000. The rate for most other members on the council could rise from $14,400 to $20,000.

The tertiary education minister has set the new rates, which will apply to all universities and wānanga next year, with fees rising depending on the size of each institution’s revenue.

The new University of Waikato council is holding its first meeting today and the outgoing council met yesterday.

This dramatic rise in council fees happened when the government reformed polytechnic councils too.

TEU national president Sandra Grey says the fee increases are ridiculous.

“People working and studying at the university spent all year saying they want a democratically elected voice on their council. Instead, as taxpayers they have to pay three times as much for councils where their voice has been cut.”

Grey says the minister needs urgently to reconsider his maximum fees for TEI council members.

“Making a council less representative, less democratic and less effective, and then paying it more is unjustifiable.”

“This bizarre situation is happening not just at Waikato but every university in the country,’ says Grey.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Bay of Plenty merger bemusing
  2. Large PTE buys workplace health and safety training
  3. Lincoln struggles financially
  4. Equal pay campaign progresses on two fronts
  5. Missed opportunity in cabinet reshuffle
  6. AUT allied staff vote to remove lowest pay rates
  7. Funding, fraud and financial pressure

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