James Talbot walked New Zealand to raise $23,000 for the Creative Centre. All MPs receive an extra $20,000 per year for doing nothing, or nothing extra.
An MP allegedly guilty of electoral fraud receives $70,000, not three years in jail like the teacher who falsely claimed his salary for a year.
Meanwhile, an MP with an outstanding arrest warrant in New Zealand for stealing a rental car, is congratulated, reinstated as an MP and awarded an extra $20,000 a year – not one year in prison like that faced by a sick old man who stole $19.72 of food.
Is this fair? The minimum wage increased 50c an hour. In an eight hour day that’s an extra $4; an extra $1040 a year. It will take this person saving their wage increase 41 years to meet the same $50,000 that Puna receives.
Mark Brown says they haven’t had a pay rise in 15 years – well, they haven’t been doing the job for 15 years unlike teachers, and police officers, and what do they earn? They go to work every day, every week, every year; they earn half of Puna’s bonus if they are lucky.