Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some ideas are just too good

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of January 31, 2012. Needless to say, the Christchurch City Council CEO, Tony Marryatt, hasn't done too badly, as the following news item from Radio New Zealand News, dated January 29, attests:

Newly released information shows Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt received a $68,000 pay rise despite his performance being anything but stellar.

On Friday, Mr Marryatt announced he would not accept the controversial pay rise. That [decision] followed months of criticism of the rise from residents and local groups.

At the time the increase was announced, Mayor Bob Parker said it was recognition for the outstanding job Mr Marryatt was doing.

Now, papers have been released under the Official Information Act and include two in-house reviews of Mr Marryatt's performance.

They show him doing only moderately well at his job and [that] his performance has continued to slide since at least 2009.

The organiser of the No Pay Rise for Tony Marryatt protest to take place this week, Peter Lynch, says this makes a lie of assertions from some on the council that Mr Marryatt has been a good performer.

He says the reviews show Mr Marryatt's performance deteriorating across most of the areas he was judged on.

Nobody from the council was willing to talk on the report.

The documents also include advice to the council that Mr Marryatt's previous salary of $470,000 was substantially above the median salary offered to chief executives in large public sector organisations.

Despite this, Mr Marryatt, who has been in the job since early 2007, was awarded a 14 percent pay rise just before Christmas, taking his salary to $538,500.

Financier or robber?

When the finance industry was deregulated, the lure of unlimited wealth inevitably led to racketeering. Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of January 13, 2012.