The Dunedin City Council voted behind closed doors to increase its chief executive's salary by nearly $60,000, putting it closer in line with her male counterparts.
The move increased Dr Sue Bidrose's annual salary to $444,000 – a 14.7 per cent jump.
The increase, which was made public this week, was slammed by the Taxpayers' Union as a "stuff you" to local ratepayers.
But mayor Dave Cull said Bidrose had been earning below market value and her pay rise sent a strong message about addressing the gender pay gap.
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Aaron Hawkins is 35 years old, a Green Party member, vegetarian, cannot drive and often hitch-hikes to work.
He's also now Dunedin's mayor.
Hawkins, a two-term city councillor, secured the seat from a field of 14 hopefuls, taking the reins from Dave Cull who did not seek re-election. Dunedin was one of 11 councils using a Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, which requires voters to rank their preferred candidates.