Brown broke rules repeatedly

June 16th, 2010 at 7:29 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Earlier, it emerged that Mr Brown continued to break rules after being warned by senior staff to provide correct documentation when using his council credit card.

Finance director Dave Foster yesterday said he told Mr Brown about twice in the past year that he was not providing the correct documents with his card purchases.

Other senior staff had also raised the issue with the mayor.

But not much they can do when it is the Mayor – they can’t threaten to remove his card.

An Audit New Zealand-initiated probe of incomplete tax invoices has identified 25 cases among the council’s 172 credit card holders.

Of the 25 cases, 13 relate to Mr Brown, including an $810 dinner at Volare Restaurant in Manurewa that is also missing written documentation specifying the purpose of the dinner, who was present and giving an itemised breakdown.

So represents 52% of undocumented credit card transactions at the Council, despite being just 0.6% of the card holders.

I can understand people initially being sloppy, but what does it say when you ignore your own senior staff’s warnings and requests that you are in breach of Council policy?

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32 Responses to “Brown broke rules repeatedly”

  1. Inventory2 (9,791 comments) says:

    Oh come on now DPF; you’re just a smear-merchant on John Banks’ payroll (thinks: must stop pretending to be mickysavage) ;-)

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  2. Pete George (21,831 comments) says:

    I2, as an MP John Banks may have been involved in drafting legislation for IRD requiring that people follow reasonable accounting procedures, perhaps that should be checked out.

    I can understand people initially being sloppy

    I’d hope that anyone in a top position would start efficiently. I can’t help feel that this is an example of “too important to bother with trivia” along with thinking he deserves the perks of the job, legal or reasonable or not.

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  3. Auberon (820 comments) says:

    Having just watched his bizarre performance at last night’s meeting (link below) I can only think his future lies as a pastor in the Destiny Church, or some other fundamentalist preaching role. The man looks quite bonkers.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3815687/Manukau-mayor-Len-Brown-defends-spending

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  4. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    The forehead slapping was particular noteworthy.

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  5. wreck1080 (3,533 comments) says:

    Having seen Andrew Williams accused of drink driving and he did nothing of the sort.

    I suspect, the guns have been aimed at Len Brown now, and this does smack of a smear campaign.

    There does seem to be some solid evidence against Brown though. You can’t argue the receipts look dodgy.

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  6. berend (1,602 comments) says:

    It’s all the fault of the rules as he is just out there campaigning in the community and you can’t reasonably expect him to be careful with taxpayers money fill in forms at his office.

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  7. tvb (3,948 comments) says:

    Len Brown smeared himself with his serial abuse of ratepayers money. Would you trust him with ratepayers money. Not likely.

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  8. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    Where is the respect for the source of the funds Brown has spent? To just casually put on the ratepayers, or taxpayers, speaks to a fundamental disrespect to those same people. Do we really need to have people like that in charge of the public purse, or do we choose people with more respect for it.

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  9. tvb (3,948 comments) says:

    I did not realise Brown was such a girl. He has quite a strong feminine side. Not that he is gay that is something quite different. This is about character. “Girls” male or female straight or gay do not have the sort of bottle to be a leader. They are vain small spiteful petty and dishonest.

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  10. Inventory2 (9,791 comments) says:

    @ slightlyrighty – Brown has no real cocept of respect. He told Paul Henry on Breakfast on Monday that he was going to “demand” respect from his councillors. I was always taught that respect had to be earned. His attitude to OPM is similar.

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  11. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    Len Brown is a SOCIALIST.

    If you criticize him you are right-wing fascist.

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  12. Pete George (21,831 comments) says:

    If I have a weakness it is the fact I spend too much time being out there and not enough time in my office doing my administration. ”

    Not good for the CV.

    “I could have done better and if I get the chance I will.”

    Maybe, if he started the job with the right attitude. Sometime. But he has to be far to big a risk for first mayor of the Supercity. Cutting up his credit car could be similar to an alcoholic smashing his glass.

    It’s not a left/right issue, it’s simply credibility and competency.

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  13. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    172 seems a lot of people holding those credit cards

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  14. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    DPF: what does it say when you ignore your own senior staff’s warnings and requests that you are in breach of Council policy?

    That the Sunday Star Times is out to get you and you should threaten to sue them? Nah. More that you’re just another trougher sucking off some of the poorest ratepayers.

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  15. davidp (3,329 comments) says:

    Being a Labour Party Mayor or Minister means never having to buy your own lunch.

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  16. david (2,483 comments) says:

    ITS ALL ABOUT TRUST

    hhhhmmmmmm ………. remind me again now just where have I heard that before??????

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  17. questlove (241 comments) says:

    Democracy will be the final arbitrator of all this. Fortunately for Brown, Banks Mayoral performance has constituents thinking ‘it could be worse’.

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  18. trout (865 comments) says:

    Sorry to disabuse you; constituents happen to think Banks is the best bet so far. (The manufactured online poll that favoured Brown was just that – manufactured). We ratepayers think Bank’s performance this time around (as opposed to his last mayoral term when he got carried away with the job) has been excellent. He has been low profile, parsimonious, and a good manager. Brown reminds us of our bad experience with Hubbard; populist, flaky, and profligate with OPM.

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  19. berend (1,602 comments) says:

    Come on trout, Banks has now said he will have a race based position when he gets mayor of the Super City. Nice choice we voters have. Either a guy who believes race is the key to someone’s suitability or someone who believes he’s entitled to spent other peoples money as he sees fit.

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  20. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    And what makes that even funnier Berend is that both of those positions buck the traditional cliches of their political affiliations.

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  21. Paulus (2,304 comments) says:

    He should resign as Mayor of MMC.

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  22. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    I witnessed the pathetic, harmonised apologetics of Willie Jackson and John Campbell last night.

    The content was disgraceful, in a brown-nosing kinda way. You see.. it’s all a beat up by Banks’ team. The ratepayers don’t really care. Brown is hard working and well liked. He didn’t really do anything wrong. Nothing to see here move along.

    In other words the MO of the left (and anyone else who’s been in wallowing in trough for too long)

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  23. gravedodger (1,426 comments) says:

    The header says it all, Brown is with the deity along with Anderton and the other GODS of the socialists.
    Rules, audits and constraints don’t apply to them, only to the mere mortals who need their guidance and control even if the ungrateful bastards sometimes get uppity and ask that the gods be scrutinised as they just might be a little beyond even their exaulted status. That is an unexpected problem when those uppity bloody peasants access knowledge and develop their ability to reason.

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  24. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Len is Deep in the Brown stuff… surly there’s some brown stuff on the right side of the fence we can talk about… we have been dropping SOCIALIST in it for days…

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  25. Biomag83 (94 comments) says:

    How could Aucklanders take the guy seriously? He looks like he has a mental condition, hes a nutter

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  26. trout (865 comments) says:

    So (according to the Herald) David foster (MCC finance director) was not at dinner with Len at the Volare. Then who were the beneficiaries of the MCC sponsored nosh-up that was not a ‘fundraiser’ in the normal sense but rather a paid ‘Night at the Opera’ by a professional performer? Whale has opined that this was probably a birthday bash for Len, probably with family. Len will not disclose the required details nor will he refund the $810.00.

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  27. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    I seen Browns type over many years and in a past life I audited their activities. They have a certain ” Im bigger than the process procedure system” mentality.

    They are poor leaders set a bad example to their subordinates and are 2 faced and will kick their underlings for doing as they do.

    I used to take great delight in pointing out the procedure manual to them and reminding them of their duties.

    They are almost always bullies full of bullshit and so their staff would be thankful for me taking them down a few pegs.

    Browns has cretin written all over him. Hw would be an unmitigated disaster as the Supercity Mayor. He would cripple the ratepayers with madcap schemes wasting billions of dollars with no return.

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  28. berend (1,602 comments) says:

    Pascal: using taxpayers money for your own gain is a game that’s played mostly by the left. It’s not a reversal, as it is the deep seated believe by the left that people don’t earn thing, they get granted things. By the government, themselves, and if the government decides to grant it to their mates or themselves, it’s something that is defended by their supporters.

    Of course, the right does that sometimes as well (G.W. Bush bailing out the banks), but these things get never retracted by the supposedly caring lefties.

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  29. fatman43us (165 comments) says:

    Even more seriously, given his penchant to spread his Council Credit Card around every restaurant and cafe in a 40 mile radius, when did he find the time to actually do the job of leading the Council. Bloody Infrequently I would have thought.

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  30. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    Oh wow … see Brown on TV3?

    He’s unhinged. Very very unhinged.

    He has to go.

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  31. thedavincimode (6,133 comments) says:

    As I listened to Brown’s speech on Radio Pinko this morning, I got a sense of deja vu. I closed my eyes and suddenly I was at a (bad) high school play.

    Why could that be?

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  32. lilman (676 comments) says:

    What a freakin retard that socialist tosser is.
    Really if he were my child i would have straightened him up quick smart.

    “HARDERN THE FUCK UP”

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