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Kaikohe continues to top average gross legal aid payments

26 October 2017 - By Geoff Adlam

Analysis of information released by the Ministry of Justice shows that Kaikohe legal aid providers again received the highest average gross payment in the latest year.

The average gross payment made to all 1193 providers who received payments in the year to 30 June 2017 was $120,184.33, up from the average gross payment of $111,371.72 to 1210 providers in the year to 30 June 2016. The 6 providers in Kaikohe received an average of $290,875.60 over the 2017 year, down from the average gross payment of $327,990.85 to 4 Kaikohe providers in the 2016 year.

Other centres where there was a high average gross payment in the 2017 year were Whakatane ($270,322.84), Otaki ($264,074.56), Whanganui ($225,485.38), Rotorua ($212,580.91) and Gisborne ($205,434.38).

The GST-exclusive payment information includes the fees of listed providers, including those claimed on behalf of other listed providers, and disbursements for general office costs, travel costs, and special disbursements, which include fees for agents, expert witnesses, forensic tests, interpreters and special reports, such as medical or valuation reports.

The picture was similar when it came to the highest gross median payments to providers in a centre. Overall, the gross median payment in the year to 30 June 2017 was $83,152.80 (meaning that half legal aid providers received higher annual gross payments and half received less). This was up from the national median of $73,528.42 in the year to 30 June 2017.

The median payment in Kaikohe was $287,135.88, followed by Whakatane ($171,460.91), Paraparaumu ($154,434.01), Napier ($146,383.84), Palmerston North ($143,895.78), Pukekohe ($142,419.80) and Rotorua ($137,212.17).

Gross payments to legal aid providers, year to 30 June 2017 (centres with 3+ providers)
Location Total ($)ProvidersAverage ($) Median ($) Highest ($)
Ashburton165,033.51355,011.17 74,659.91 89,642.60
Auckland45,358,581.35411110,361.51 77,066.00 1,869,717.29
Blenheim889,453.2910 88,945.33 86,160.57 195,455.10
Carterton331,888.023 110,629.34 15,546.34  314,738.64
Christchurch10,194,794.47103  98,978.59 80,497.00   879,790.98
Dunedin3,543,646.9745  78,747.71  63,949.89   369,038.30
Gisborne2,876,081.2814  205,434.38 117,133.69   1,015,056.80
Greymouth727,772.697  103,967.53  93,888.60   314,090.15
Greytown175,827.403   58,609.13   41,402.44   110,623.09
Hamilton9,393,185.5572   130,460.91  100,878.25    597,884.58
Hastings2,301,079.5016   143,817.47   123,000.16    585,266.99
Havelock North266,261.044    66,565.26     39,180.12    178,362.71
Invercargill2,376,406.3118    132,022.57   106,259.24     564,503.83
Kaikohe1,745,253.596    290,875.60    287,135.88     561,961.10
Kaitaia408,832.846     68,138.81     78,242.12     113,507.87
Kerikeri771,833.498    96,479.19    104,974.57     178,625.28
Levin431,527.896     71,921.32     78,176.05     113,492.90
Lower Hutt3,393,445.7318   188,524.76   118,176.33     727,068.01
Mangonui50,769.143    16,923.05     13,654.90      36,792.73
Masterton473,533.288    59,191.66     42,692.97     127,011.49
Morrinsville301,082.213    100,360.74    130,108.78     134,150.48
Napier2,945,501.4218    163,638.97    146,383.84      408,716.89
Nelson3,528,378.0628    126,013.50     76,772.43      770,211.41
New Plymouth2,674,857.7225     106,994.31    110,998.37      284,406.18
Oamaru258,326.226      43,054.37     38,180.62       64,757.80
Orewa287,669.566      47,944.43     24,482.20     166,916.61
Otaki792,223.693      264,074.56    110,872.62      609,477.20
Palmerston North3,060,080.0117    180,004.71    143,895.78      709,847.56
Paraparaumu586,361.373   195,453.79   154,434.01      386,824.34
Porirua1,643,179.6412  136,931.64  101,130.47     412,102.80
Pukekohe723,481.684 180,870.42  142,419.80     438,420.60
Queenstown358,689.215    71,737.84    64,816.17     155,622.15
Rangiora605,255.425  121,051.08  111,020.36     209,503.08
Rotorua6,590,008.1431  212,580.91 137,212.17   1,139,320.09
Taupo1,073,505.799  119,278.42   95,511.20     251,651.85
Tauranga4,689,351.8043  109,054.69  77,180.00     523,000.18
Te Puke234,252.523   78,084.17  28,202.68     197,476.60
Timaru869,360.738  108,670.09  85,747.10     265,681.95
Upper Hutt1,084,250.949  120,472.33 110,037.40     205,731.09
Wellington10,581,005.7174 142,986.56   62,426.19   1,595,495.52
Whakatane1,892,259.897 270,322.84 171,460.91     718,075.41
Whanganui3,156,795.3814 225,485.38 137,185.87     642,986.03
Whangarei4,660,289.6533141,220.90  131,140.33     452,751.10
      
All Others4,908,530.5463   77,913.18   53,366.52    394,306.36
      
Total143,379,904.641193 120,184.33   83,152.80  1,869,717.29

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