57 days ago

A gender pay victory or financial madness - debate over council chief executive salary

Nicole Reporter from Dunedin News

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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9 hours ago

Discover a new wine at New World

New World Timaru

"Kia ora – Angela Boulton from New World Timaru here. Keen to discover a new top drop in time for summer?

My favourite wine from this year’s New World Wine Awards is the Starborough Sauvignon Blanc. I have worked at New World for 18 years, and I’ve been Liquor Manager for 12 years. I’ve seen and tasted some incredible award-winning wines, and this year is by far my favourite. This Sauvignon Blanc is so fruity on the palate, with flavours of lime and feijoa. It’s a perfect match with cheese and fruit platters for the upcoming summer months.”

Come into your local New World and explore the Top 50 Gold-medal winning wines – we have winners for every budget. Plus join us for complimentary wine sampling and try before you buy.
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19 hours ago

Feedback Friday

NumberWorks'nWords Dunedin

Feedback from our parents and grandparents is so appreciated.

6 days ago

Dunedin's 35-year-old, hitch-hiking, Green Party mayor

Nicole Reporter from Dunedin News

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.