Tararua District Council's chief executive Blair King has received a pay increase to $236,750, after being on $225,000 for three years.

Mr King's total salary package was lifted after an appraisal by the council's performance committee.

That remuneration is in line with the market rates for similar-sized councils.

Mr King's total salary package is inclusive of five weeks' annual leave and provision of a four-wheel-drive vehicle for his private use, valued at $10,000.


District councillors consider the lift in Mr King's salary package is fair and reasonable and acknowledge the chief executive's achievements as well as recognising his overall good performance.

Mr King, a qualified civil engineer, is also a volunteer with the Dannevirke Fire Brigade.

As a member of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), he was deployed to Christchurch on February 22, 2011, the day of the earthquake.

He was then deployed to Japan when an earthquake and tsunami struck there.

A former Queenstown Lakes District general manager, Mr King took up his role as Tararua District Council chief executive in November 2008.