I think a simple poll along the following lines would say lots.
The pay options on the table for someone new to the game and for their first 3 years in the job are -
$160,000 plus lots of perks
The professions are -
Match the salaries to the professions to reflect how you feel their over all value is to NZ society.
Of course teachers contribute more than MPs but there are 50,000 of them. The top 100 best teachers also probably contribute more than the 100 MP’s but, due to the union they all get paid the same as the bottom 100.
I’d rather be a teacher than an MP, they get far more respect and job satisfaction generally BUT you do need MPs who aren’t completely retarded (otherwise we are all screwed) hence the pay difference - offer me 160K to be an MP and I’d tell you to get stuffed.