Charities will benefit from John Key's pay rise

Charities are going to be better off when John Key is sworn in as prime minister and starts drawing his salary.

Mr Key said in August he would give away part of his salary if he won the election.

He already donates some of the $233,000 he gets as Leader of the Opposition.

Since July last year the prime minister's salary has been $375,000.

When Bill English becomes deputy prime minister he will be on $264,500 and other cabinet ministers $233,000.

Ministers outside cabinet earn $195,700 and the basic pay for MPs is $126,200.

They all receive a range of expenses and allowances and ministers get houses in Wellington.

Mr Key, named in this year's Rich List as worth $50 million, has not disclosed how much he gives to charity, or which charities benefit.

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big deal its good for the charity , but its not like key cant afford it its just small change to him . get it in perspective please.

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"Mr Key ... has not disclosed how much he gives to charity, or which charities benefit."

That's a coincidence. Nor have I.

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It is great to see that charities will benefit from our new Prime Minister - it is a shame more MP's don't do the same.

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Michael, how cynical could you poossibly get?! Irrespective of Mr Keys personal wealth or station in life, I say hats off to him for looking outside of himself and for the betterment of others - Well done.

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Susan: how do you know they don't?

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What cynics like Michael always overlook is the fact that John Key is under no obligation to give ANY of his salary to charity. Lots of people who could afford to give massive sums to charity give nothing.

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How about we examine how the size of NZ PM's salary compares with other 'PMs' around the world, such as Aust (Federal and State), Canada, USA, etc etc etc
Maybe NBR can publish a list to put it in perspective .......

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I think it's worth remembering that our Prime Minister's salary is about one third of that received last year by at least 4 people at Telecom, including the Personnel Manager, who reportedly received over $1.1 million last year.

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Not really a fair comparison, Peter. MPs supposedly get paid for trying to improve other people's incomes. Personnel managers get paid for trying to keep them down.

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lol Brian you crack me up... "MPs supposedly get paid for trying to improve other people's incomes"

That's a good one! lol

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My Key only gives a small protion of his salary to charity, why does he do this? Political point scoring really, and not because he is any sort of Philanthropist.

Its an excellent tactic for political point scoring.

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