The pay of State sector chief executives has been released, with the yearly increase down to 0.9 per cent from 2 per cent the previous year.
Pay increases for Crown entity CEs decreased from 3.5 per cent in the 2016/17 year to 2.6 per cent.
The Senior Pay Report can be read here.
The average percentage pay increase for CEs in 2017/18 across District Health Boards were 2 per cent, tertiary institutes was 1.7 per cent, other statutory Crown entities was 3.1 per cent.
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said he had expressed concern for the "upward trajectory" of the CE's pay.
"I'm pleased we have managed to put the brakes on escalating pay increases for chief executives, including some Crown entities, but the full effect of these changes is yet to be realised," he said.
"We now have a remuneration policy that better reflects the spirit of service public servants bring to their roles and which recognises motivations other than remuneration."
It came after a decision in August to "put the brakes" on performance pay of public service chief executives to curb the growth rate of their salaries.
State Services Minister Chris Hipkins said he expected the pay to "continue to slow" over the next year from the impact of ending performance pay.
"State sector chief executives have big important jobs that carry a lot of responsibility and they deserve to be fairly paid, but they are still public servants with an accountability to taxpayers."
The public chief executives were eligible to receive up to 15 per cent extra in a discretionary payment for exceptional performance under performance pay. The decision to end the performance pay was expected to save up to $4 million by 2021/2022.