Dalziel’s million dollar office

Mayor Lianne Dalziel was targeted by a scam PHOTO: FILE

STAFF: Ms Dalziel will have 10 staff at a cost of over $1million, including a new chief of staff.

The cost of running Mayor Lianne Dalziel’s office has topped $1million.

Figures released to The Star show her office’s budget for 2017 will be $1,015,221.

Of that, $1,001,554 will go towards personnel costs, including salaries for the 10 staff in the office and other costs such as ACC levies, staff training and travel.

Office expenses will take up $13,667 of it.

For 2016, the budget was $942,596, while in 2015, it was $802,582.

This year, two councillor support officers were brought into the office for the last six months.

A city council spokeswoman said the increase in budget for next year was because it had brought those two roles into its full-year budget, rather than six months.

In 2014, the city council received criticism because the number of staff in the office had doubled as part of a restructure. Sir Bob Parker had about four staff in his office previously.

Ms Dalziel would have a team of 10 staff around her to ensure she can effectively carry out her leadership responsibilities.

Former Christchurch Central Development Unit’s general manager of the office of the deputy chief executive Ariana Smith (left) has taken over the role of chief of staff, replacing Cate Brett.

Ms Brett, a former Sunday Star Times editor, left the city council to work at the Ministry of Justice.

Ms Smith will lead and manage the Mayor’s Office, and act as principal adviser to Ms Dalziel on priority policy, community and council leadership issues.

The office also has a senior adviser to provide policy and strategy advice.

An executive assistant has been hired to manage Ms Dalziel’s diary, emails, and to deliver papers and briefing material, while another is there to assist deputy mayor Andrew Turner. Both would support Ms Smith.

A senior research and information officer has been seconded to the office to assist with additional work that came with the completion of the 2013-2016 triennium.

The visits and ceremonial and invitations coordinator will ensure the smooth delivery of ceremonies and events.

Four positions, including a community adviser, councillor support officer, media and communications adviser and an information coordinator are currently vacant.

Dunedin City Council Mayor Dave Cull has a full-time personal assistant and a part-time administration officer in his office. Mr Cull also receives advice from other city council staff.

 The Mayor’s office

Chief of staff

Senior adviser

Senior research and information officer

Executive assistant to the Mayor

Executive assistant to the deputy mayor and chief of staff

Information coordinator

Visits and ceremonial and invitations coordinator

Councillor support officer (2)


Media and communications adviser