Tony Marryatt

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Protest sign about Marryatt's 2011 pay rise

Tony Marryatt (born 1954) is a senior manager employed by local government in New Zealand. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the chief executive officer (CEO) of Christchurch City Council, succeeding Lesley McTurk. He lost his position over the city council being stripped of its building consent accreditation.

Professional career[edit]

Marryatt served as the CEO of Hamilton City Council, New Zealand from 1996 to 2007.[1]

Marryatt's predecessor at Christchurch City Council, Dr Lesley McTurk, resigned in January 2007 to take up the CEO-role at Housing New Zealand. Marryatt's appointment as CEO in Christchurch was announced by mayor Garry Moore on 15 February 2007.[2]


Maryatt's local government tenure has not been without controversy. He has been held responsible for the loss-making Hamilton V8 Supercars event by his opponents,[3] notably then-mayor of Hamilton David Braithwaite, who frequently clashed with Marryatt.[4] In late 2011 he, along with the Bob Parker-led Christchurch City Council, garnered controversy for accepting a $70,000 pay rise as the council's CEO.[5] This culminated in a protest rally attended by some 4,000 people in February 2012. In late August of that year, it emerged that Marryatt had taken a personal grievance against city councillors. Whilst the case was settled before it went to court, the city council reimbursed his legal costs, which were between NZ$10,000 to NZ$30,000.[6] Maryatt was also condemned by the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce for his decision to grant council staff an extra 11 days leave a year without first seeking approval from elected city councillors.[7]

With effect from 8 July 2013, Christchurch City Council has been stripped of its accreditation for issuing building consents. This comes in the middle of a rebuild period following the devastating February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[8] City councillors found out earlier in June through the media that International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) had written to council and threatened to withdraw accreditation, with Marryatt replying "that Parker and other councillors were kept in the dark because he was confident staff were addressing issues raised by IANZ, and that the June 28 deadline would be met."[9] A Crown manager, Doug Martin, has been installed to reform the council's consenting department.[10] Marryatt lost his job over the affair, but stayed on the payroll until November 2013 and received a total of $500,000 on departure.[11] Parker, who had backed the controversial CEO over the years, took his part of the responsibility and decided not to stand for re-election for a third term as mayor.[12]


  1. ^ "Hamilton City Council - CEO resigns to take up job in Christchurch". 15 February 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Christchurch Council Chief Executive appointed". Press Release: Christchurch City Council (via Scoop). 15 February 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  3. ^ "CEO defends part in V8 fiasco". One News. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ "City's CEO 'went too far'". Waikato Times. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Christchurch protest over city chief's pay rise". One News. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ Mathewson, Nicole (3 September 2012). "Marryatt's legal action criticised". The Press. p. A1. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  7. ^ Cairns, Lois (14 November 2012). "Council leave inquiry sought". The Press. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  8. ^ Cairns, Lois; Young, Rachel (1 July 2013). "Council to be banned from issuing consents". The Press. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  9. ^ Cairns, Lois; Young, Rachel (15 June 2013). "Marryatt regrets letter surprise". The Press. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  10. ^ Young, Rachel; Conway, Glenn (5 September 2013). "'Major challenges' ahead". The Press. p. A2. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ Conway, Glenn (13 September 2013). "Controversial Marryatt to leave Christchurch council". The Press. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  12. ^ Conway, Glenn (6 July 2013). "'This happened on my watch' - Parker". The Press. Retrieved 6 July 2013.