Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Review Panel members are being paid more than twice the going rate because the Government didn't think they would do the job for less than that, official papers show.
The panel, appointed to oversee Orders in Council that can be made under earthquake recovery legislation and advise ministers, is headed by retired High Court Judge Sir John Hansen.
Its members are former National Party prime minister Dame Jenny Shipley, company Director and consultant Anake Goodall and former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry chief executive Murray Sherwin.
Cabinet papers obtained under the Official Information Act and published on the No Right Turn blog show Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee sought "exceptional'' fees for the panel above the usual range of $360-$655 for a chair and $270-415 for members.
"I do not believe that the proposed nominees will undertake the role for fees within the ranges established in the Cabinet Fees Framework,'' Mr Brownlee advised on April 11.