Brewer’s trip was declared to the Council

December 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

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Electoral Officer and Public Information Officer Bruce Thomas has confirmed with Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer today that while he did not file a full “Register of Members’ Interests” annual statement by 30 June 2012, Brewer’s much criticised four-day sponsored trip to Australia was in fact declared by the Councillor for Orakei at the time and was subsequently in the Council gift register all along. 

In a surprise turn, Mr Thomas advised Mr Brewer in an email today that “You did however declare the Port Douglas trip and this was included in the gift register. A copy of the gift register was given to the Ernst Young Inquiry.”

In an email to Mr Thomas from Mr Brewer on 8 September 2011, Mr Brewer wrote “Bruce, please declare… 1 trip to Port Douglas courtesy of Mediaworks, Four nights in august. Value approximately 2k. Secondly, my partner and I are in SkyCity box for opening night and game tomorrow. Cost unknown. Please let me know what further information you require. Thanks Cameron” 

Mr Brewer was responding to an email by Mr Thomas titled ‘Code of Conduct – Declaration of Gifts’ he had sent to all elected representatives the day before on Wednesday 7 September 2011. 

The email read: “Dear Councillors and Local Board Members, with the Rugby World Cup about to start, I thought it prudent to remind you of your obligation to declare gifts in excess of $300. Some of the ticket and hospitality packages that you (and your partner) may be offered by a third party are likely to exceed $300. If you suspect this to be the case then you should advise myself and we will log it and ensure it is recorded as part of you declaration on 30 June 2012.”

Mr Brewer said he is very pleased to learn that he did in fact formally advise the council of the trip soon after his return, and that it was subsequently officially declared in the gift register. 

While procedurally Cameron still erred in not also doing the formal annual declaration, the substance is that he did disclose the gift to the Council.

What will be interesting is if it is revealed who informed the media (incorrectly) that the gift had not been disclosed? My money is on one of the six ratepayer funded spin doctors working for Len Brown.

The Herald reports:

“Given this information was put on the council gift register and was actually part of the Ernst Young review, I’m very disappointed that council staff didn’t give me and the media the correct information last week.”

Will the Herald now retract their editorial and story on Brewer?

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18 Responses to “Brewer’s trip was declared to the Council”

  1. redqueen (342 comments) says:

    And wait for this to be written off as a right-wing conspiracy…

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  2. flipper (3,266 comments) says:

    DPF writes
    “… Will the Herald now retract their editorial and story on Brewer?”
    ****
    And pigs will fly when that happens……..

    SO …. it would be nice to think the Herald could refrain from the use of pejorative headlines such as “junket” (which was always the term used by envious scribes to describe other jurnos’ free trips) when referring to Brewer’s Port Douglas trip.

    The courageous journalism, claimed by the Sunday Herald is nothing less than garbage.

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  3. Manolo (12,614 comments) says:

    The rats that infest the sewer (The sub-Standard) are all crying foul.

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  4. stigie (614 comments) says:

    Theres some serious sulking over at the Strandard about this Manolo. Poor bastards !~

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  5. Pete George (21,796 comments) says:

    The Herald hasn’t apologised for allowing themselves to be used as attack and divert agents of the mayor’s office, but they did report Brewer junket on register

    Councillor beats critics after Port Douglas trip declaration discovered in 2011 email

    The pressure on Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer has eased after it was found that a free trip he took to Port Douglas – which last week was said to have been undeclared – was in fact declared in the council gift register in 2011.

    Mr Brewer, who has already submitted his 2013 declaration, had decided not to take any more junkets. He said the focus should now go back on Mayor Brown after four days of “all the lefties and the last of Len’s loyalists baying for my blood”.

    Will the Herald shift their focus back to Brown?

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  6. Chuck Bird (4,401 comments) says:

    There are some big inconsistencies in comparing Cameron’s trip with Len’s freebies. Cameron has pointed some of them out very well in his interview on Radio NZ with a hostile and disingenuous host.

    A major difference was that after Len got outed he to the whole nation on TV when he stated he got no free rooms. The second difference is that Len as mayor had a major say on the convention centre and is clear perceived conflict of interest in him accepting freebies from Sky City. Can anyone show a clear conflict of interest with Cameron’s trip to Port Douglas to speak as the former CEO of the Newmarket Business Association?

    The biggest difference is that the calls for Len’s resignation is not just because or one or two things but for an accumulation of inappropriate and dishonest behaviour that has brought the office of the Mayor of Auckland into disrupt. These have already been listed many times on this blog.

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  7. Pete George (21,796 comments) says:

    There’s been a few lefties trying hard to diffuse criticism of Brown and inflate criticism of Brewer, notably Russell Brown ‏@publicaddress on Twitter.

    But most across the spectrum see Brown as dead mayor walking, or lame duck limping.

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  8. trout (865 comments) says:

    In true leftist fashion Mike Williams tried to have a piece of Brewer this morning on State radio by lying about when Brewer’s declaration was made. Perhaps Len should stay on so the left can be continually shown up for their hypocracy. As always when a left wing politician acts illegally or immorally (Field, Hughes, etc. come to mind) it is a case of ‘nothing to see here, move on, but if a right wing politician stumbles, all manner of vitriol and fabrication is trotted out.

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  9. Keeping Stock (9,787 comments) says:

    @ Pete George – no-one has said it better than cartoonist Peter Bromhead; superb cartoon:

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/bromhead-on-brown.html

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  10. OneTrack (1,953 comments) says:

    trout – the left are very tribal. Their “team” can do no wrong.

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  11. flipper (3,266 comments) says:

    trout (841 comments) says:

    December 23rd, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    In true leftist fashion Mike Williams tried to have a piece of Brewer this morning
    *****

    TROUT…

    We should expect nothing less from this troughing arsehole – the idiot who thort he had a H bomb to Nuke J Key.

    But the real fault is with the f/wit left wing producers on Red Radio and Tvs one and two.

    Bring on Fox! We need an O’Reilly to sort them out with a “No spin zone”:.

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  12. BeaB (1,944 comments) says:

    Who really cares what a new councillor was doing? Brewer’s activities are irrelevant. Even if he had forgotten to declare (and interesting how quickly and gleefully the left pounced on this false accusation as though it totally exonerated their darling Len) what did it matter? He has no conflict of interest. He had been a councillor for about a month.

    My issues remain the sleazy mayor who is giving Auckland the two-finger salute, telling them they have no option but to put up with him whatever he does, however outrageous – and his ratepayer-funded council staff who are wasting time trying to dig up dirt on elected members of the Council. It is appalling.

    This creep Brown has no moral boundaries at all and, because he is from the Left, fellow travellers like Mike Williams will defend him to the death however convoluted their moral reasoning. Just as they defended that sleaze MP who sexually assaulted a teenage boy in Annette King’s house, just as they defended Philip Field, just as they defended Helen Clark’s false signature etc etc.

    What a sickening and sorry lot they are.

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  13. wreck1080 (3,522 comments) says:

    So brown has set his ratepayer funded hounds on people he considers to be personal enemies.

    Surely this has gone too far?The city of auckland finances are not there for brown to pursue grudges.

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  14. Chinarugby (80 comments) says:

    What other rorts and junkets has Brewer been on and NOT declared? – he himself refers to his junket taking habit – has he declared everything??

    Keep investigating Brewer. lets shine some light on his habits and see how he stands up to scrutiny.

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  15. ross69 (3,637 comments) says:

    “A leading critic of Auckland’s mayor has himself admitted he should have properly declared gifts of a free trip to Australia and Rugby World Cup tickets.”

    So, Brewer admits he stuffed up, yet the Right are suggesting he’s an angel. Weird.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/231644/brewer-defends-actions-over-trip

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  16. ross69 (3,637 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, former athlete Dick Quax failed to make any declaration of interests in 2011 and 2012. No doubt an honest error. LMAO

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2580634/auckland-mayor-len-brown-censured-in-council-meeting

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  17. Chuck Bird (4,401 comments) says:

    @ross

    “Meanwhile, former athlete Dick Quax failed to make any declaration of interests in 2011 and 2012.”

    Is is an error? It Dick Quax had no interest to declare should he have filed a nil return like Lusty Lying Len?

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  18. BeaB (1,944 comments) says:

    It wasn’t either Brewer or Quax sitting at the mayoral desk, with his trousers round his ankles, masturbating. It is a strange way for the left to try to defend this sleazebag by pointing out other people aren’t perfect. They are not the mayor either.
    Can’t we expect the mayor of our largest city to have some grasp of ethics and civic virtue.

    We have seen too much of the Left’s slippery morals and what they can stomach. If it’s one of their own.
    Ross 69 and chinarugby – you are sounding a bit shrill. How can you continue to stick up for this ghastly man and his shonky, disgusting behaviour?

    Auckland deserves much better.

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