Brown must resign

December 13th, 2013 at 4:52 pm by David Farrar

Having now read the EY report commissioned by the Auckland Council Chief Executive, I believe must resign as Mayor of Auckland. I only formed this view after reading the report, and did not believe what had previously been disclosed was substantial enough to warrant resignation.

But the report makes Clear that Len Brown publicly lied to the media and the public, and also that there were ratepayer resources used for his affair. Taking the findings one at a time:

The mayor used his council provided phone to make 1,375 calls and texts to Ms Chuang between 19 November 2010 and 21 October 2013, out of a total population of 13,797 calls and texts. Ms Chuang advises the mayor’s calls and texts to her were all of a personal nature. The mayor has advised two-thirds of the calls and texts he made to Ms Chuang were of a personal nature.

He even lied to EY. How could anyone think that a third of his calls and texts were work related, when she isn’t a Councillor or even a board member.

Personal use of mobile phones is permitted by the Elected Members Technology Policy and Guidelines. Costs relating to personal calls and texts are required to be reimbursed by the elected member in accordance with the policy. The mayor made one reimbursement of $263 for personal phone use on 25 October 2012 for the 2011/2012 period. No subsequent reimbursements have been made by the mayor.

10% of his total calls and texts as Mayor were to Chuang, and he only did one reimbursement. The ratepayers paid for all the other calls and texts. He should have done monthly reimbursements. He also is a fool for doing so many calls from his work phone – the staff who pay the bills would have noticed the same number cropping up. Brown should immediately repay the cost of all the calls and texts – but it is too late anyway. Only paying it back after the auditor finds it is not good enough for a Mayor – and he has form here.

Ms Chuang attended several functions as the mayor’s translator, mayor’s guest or as an Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel (“EPAP”) member where she provided translation services. We did not find any evidence that she was paid for providing these services by council. Ms Chuang has never been, and is currently not, included on the list of official translators maintained by council.

He only took her along as he was having an affair with her. He used his position as Mayor to further the affair. She was not an authorised translator.

The mayor, via one of his Diary Managers, provided a brief written email reference for Ms Chuang on 5 July 2011 in relation to her application for a role at Auckland Art Gallery. Earlier that day, the mayor made three phone calls to the Auckland Art Gallery Head of Development but was unsuccessful in speaking with her. The mayor has advised he provides references for people on a regular basis. Upon request, the mayor provided a number of character references and nomination support letters to us (for other people). However, these were not references for specific employment roles.

The fact he could not provide one example of another specific reference for a specific job implies he never has done such a reference before.  he even tried to call three times on her behalf. And worse it was for a job at a Council CCO. A clear example of using his power as Mayor to further the affair, or commence it.

It is a pity the EY review does not ask the Head of Development at the Auckland Art Gallery how much weight the reference from the Mayor played.

During the period of the mayor’s relationship with Ms Chuang, the mayoral vehicle and driver were used to transport Ms Chuang to her home after a number of official functions

Did anyone not sleeping with the Mayor get lifts home in the Mayoral limo? Another example of use of resources to further the affair.

The mayor has received nine complimentary (free) hotel rooms or suites which have not been registered as gifts or disclosed in his completed annual Declaration of Interests. The value of the complimentary rooms/suites based on rates provided by the hotels is $6,130.

He has broken the Council’s disclosure policy. Each room on average was worth almost $700. Even worse three of the rooms were at Sky City, and he of course was an advocate of the convention centre deal with them. That would get you before the Privileges Committee if he was an MP.

Stuff reports:

“I was not charged for nine of these hotel rooms, including one occasion in relation to Ms Chuang.

This confirms Len Brown lied to the media and the public. On 19 October the Herald reported:

Mr Brown also denied claims by Ms Chuang that some hotels rooms he booked for the pair were offered free of charge.

In a written statement to the Weekend Herald, the mayor’s head of communications, Dan Lambert, said: “He was not offered, or has accepted, free hotel stays in connection to the relationship and paid the standard rate out of his own pocket.

That is a direct lie, contradicted by the evidence.  He has only told the truth now because of the audit.

The mayor has received hotel upgrades (to better quality rooms or suites) which have not been registered as gifts or disclosed in his completed annual Declaration of Interests. A total of 64 such upgrades has been identified. The value of the upgrades based on rates
provided by the hotels is $32,888.50.

By itself, this would not necessarily be an issue. You may be unaware of the upgrade, or its cost. And upgrades get given to many people. Free rooms do not. But the combination of the free rooms combines with the upgrades to paint a picture of Brown receiving massive personal benefits from the hotels.

There is also the issue of why the Mayor has had to stay in an Auckland hotel on at least 64 occasions.  The reason offered of late nights and early starts is ridiculous. His home is in Totara Park, which is just 20 minutes from the CBD.

We did not identify any improper preferential treatment by the mayor in relation to Ms Chuang’s appointment to the EPAP, New Lynn Night market, Howick Local Board contracts and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (“ATEED”) services.

There may not have been preferential treatment, but it shows how involved Chuang was with the Council. She was not a purely private citizen. She was on a panel personally appointed by the Mayor, and had no less than three contracts with the Council. That is what you call a power imbalance.

Another possible lie:

On that night, the mayor advises us he had dinner in the hotel restaurant with the Mayoral Office staff member who accompanied him on the trip and a personal friend the mayor advises us he knows well. This person had been requested by the mayor to provide translation services on the Guangzhou extension (13 and 14 November 2011). No evidence of payment has been found for these translation services. The Mayoral Office staff member has advised us she has no recollection of the dinner or attending the dinner.

I believe the mayoral staff member. Len invented her presence at the dinner to justify charging it to the Council. I wonder how often this “personal friend” provided translation services for the Mayor, and was their selection on the same basis as his selection of ?

No one can force Len to resign, but he has lied to the public and mis-used Council resources. He should resign. He can stand in the by-election if he thinks Auckland voters are okay with what he has done.

Also the needs to take action and at a minimum censure the Mayor for his use of Council resources and his failure to disclose gifts. They can’t do more than censure him, but they can at least do that.

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124 Responses to “Brown must resign”

  1. duggledog (1,112 comments) says:

    I don’t think he will

    The only person who can sack him is him, and he knows full well he has no future outside of local body politics or within it.

    He should resign, immediately, because he has displayed breathtaking, jaw droppingly bad judgement and risk taking that are not something I want in a representative.

    I never liked him because he is clearly a sanctimonius phoney and a communist, but was prepared to see the second term through. Not now.

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  2. Don the Kiwi (1,318 comments) says:

    Get rid of the sack.

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  4. tvb (3,941 comments) says:

    The council could strip back the resources made available to him as they did with the Toronto Mayor.

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  5. metcalph (1,293 comments) says:

    What I want to know is the precise nature of these upgrades. I had a gander at the Sky City website and noticed as an example the Do Not Disturb Package:

    One night in a Deluxe King or Twin room at SKYCITY Hotel
    Bottle of chilled Methode Champenoise Traditionelle on arrival
    A plated assortment of chocolates
    Love Noodle box including massage oil, and selection of essential oil soaps
    Room service breakfast for two to the total value of $61 with complimentary room service delivery.
    Late check out of 12pm
    Valet parking
    Free Wi-Fi

    The value of this package for a basic room is $279. For a suite, it goes up to $429. Len Brown’s upgrades cost on average $550 and he uses 5 upgrades per night (in effect one grade every 24 seconds of hotel time). How the hell is he using that much?

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  6. Colville (1,774 comments) says:

    A typical troughing Leftie. He will hold on for dear life.

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  7. Keeping Stock (9,789 comments) says:

    Excellent post DPF; Len Brown SHOULD resign forthwith forcing another mayoral election. But he won’t and he now faces a council which does not trust him and a city which thinks he is an absolute joke. As Rodney Hide said in such an erudite manner, he is a busted flush, and the damage was entirely self-inflicted.

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  8. Alan (910 comments) says:

    “Totara Park, which is just 20 minutes from the CBD”, says the man from Wellington. It’s easily an hour in the morning.

    [DPF: But not late at night when he says he worked late. And he can always take public transport. Plus Ministers have long drives all the time - you work in the car as they drive.

    In the end the Council didn't pay, so up to him if he wants to stay in hotels all the time. But his failure to disclose the free rooms is serious]

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  9. Chris2 (704 comments) says:

    I think his 1400 cellphone and text calls to Chuang need wider publicity and scrutiny. He probably did not make the calls or send the texts when in the company of his wife (either at home or out together), so what time of the day were they made?

    It’s reasonably to suggest that many many many of these 1400 calls were made or texts composed in Council time, whilst he was being paid to do a job by the Ratepayers. I regard this as theft.

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  10. dime (8,752 comments) says:

    What a piece of garbage

    Imagine if he was national and not labour..

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  11. Judith (5,660 comments) says:

    The fact is, he hasn’t committed a crime – he’s not the first politician to lie – or be caught lying. He’s not the first politician to misuse both his authority and/or council/nation assets/perks etc.

    Many of those that have in the past, still have their jobs.

    Of course he should go – he should never have been elected in the first place, but Auckland put him there, and so they are stuck with him. I don’t think he will go – in fact I hope he doesn’t – maybe if he digs his toes in people will actually wake up enough to the loose regulations (no code of conduct etc etc) that exist not just in Auckland but throughout our political realm, and start to tighten up to prevent this sort of thing happening.

    This is no longer a society where ‘gentleman’s agreements’ are even valued – nothing should be left to ‘good manners’ – we just do not have the kind of politicians that we can trust to do the right thing anymore. Rein them in, watertight rules. It’s the only way.

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  12. nasska (9,520 comments) says:

    This may awaken the sleeping socialists of the MSM & they may now start asking what exactly was the business that required Mayor Brown to take a secret trip to Hong Kong.

    Gouge the answers to that out of Lying Len…..then the now apathetic ratepayers will lay siege to the Mayoral Chambers seeking blood or a resignation.

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  14. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    Dime- If he was National he would have gone within a week of this scandal hitting…The media would have hounded him and his family until he fell on his sword.

    We all know the Masturbating Mayor isn’t going anywhere…

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  15. martinh (830 comments) says:

    Excellent point about the lie. A reporter needs to ask him that to his face on camera.
    This makes me angry. I pay rates i dont want someone getting free hotel rooms, not declaring it and then supporting them with a political decision and then lying about it.
    Bloody bastard stole money off the poor in south auckland and now hes upgraded his take while in charge of the supercity.
    How can a person like this run the city, corrupt hell hole itl be when people get seen to get away with this

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  16. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    But he won’t and he now faces a council which does not trust him and a city which thinks he is an absolute joke.

    I’m struggling to think of any member of the political or economic elite in NZ who isn’t an absolute joke. We live in a moronocracy.

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  18. Judith (5,660 comments) says:

    @ Longknives (3,497 comments) says:
    December 13th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    No, I don’t believe he will go anywhere either.

    What a total mess – there should never be any person in such a position, regionally or nationally that can not be called to account for such behavior. Whoever is in charge of policy at Auckland, should be gone to.

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  19. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    I think DPF covers it well enough. Someone with genuine integrity would resign.

    Len’s past form suggests he will slap his face a few times, claim that his integrity is unquestionable and therefore he should not have to disclose anything, regret that he has discretionary Council expenditure, and then claim that he is a victim of the strains of the work-life balance that such an important role places upon him; a role that his did not seek, but which was really thrust upon him due to his undying commitment to the communities of Auckland…

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  21. david@tokyo (262 comments) says:

    The Tokyo governor recently got involved in a personal money scandal. He’s already declared he’s going to forgo a year’s salary to atone. Political analysts believe he will resign as well, at a politically opportune time early next year. He recently helped win Tokyo the 2020 Olympics, at least.

    This mayor of Auckland seems to be a far worse dirt bag, carrying out an extra marital affair on the tax payer’s dime and time. He’s a slacker if nothing else. What has he done, if anything, to atone for this behaviour? Nothing at all? If I can admire anything about him, it’s his complete lack of shame. That takes some balls.

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  22. Fentex (656 comments) says:

    The sex and the phones calls don’t matter, one is irrelevant the other trivial (how many have a work phone they don’t use for private communications as well?) – but $32,000 of undeclared gifts by businesses in a position to be favoured by Brown damns him.

    he hasn’t committed a crime

    I suspect he has – receiving and not declaring gifts of significant value seems like a corrupt practice a case could be built around – especially if there’s anything Brown has done that might be interpreted as quid pro quo for the givers.

    The undeclared gifts damn him, he should go.

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  23. wreck1080 (3,523 comments) says:

    Some geezer stole a bit of stationery from his workplace a couple of years back and was fired for that.

    We will soon see if Len Brown thinks rules do not apply to him.

    Len B. says he made an error of judgement? That is a joke. He thinks he is allowed to steal while I bet a staff member did the same would be done the road.

    While he cannot be sacked, I don’t see how he can now lead. There’ll be snickers behind his back, and employees will be asking if len can do it then why not they!!!

    All he can do is bring shame and embarrassment to auckland from this point on.

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  24. iMP (2,152 comments) says:

    His position is untenable. If people start throwing rotten tomatoes at him at public meetings, well that might work, because clearly the public have no recourse through due process.

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  25. hmmokrightitis (1,458 comments) says:

    ““Totara Park, which is just 20 minutes from the CBD”, says the man from Wellington. It’s easily an hour in the morning.”

    And with that effort you entirely miss the point. Late finish and / or early start…

    If hes finishing late, its 20 minutes…if hes starting early its…see if you can guess…dipshit.

    And there isnt a hotel in the world that doesnt say to you, as they upgrade you, “we’re upgrading your room” – sales technique for next time. He knew, he chose to ignore. It must be declared, end of story.

    He is a lying, greedy little scumbag. Im quite looking forward to meeting him next week, and telling him face to face – well, looking down at him – what I personally think of him. Utter and complete scum.

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  26. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    We will soon see if Len Brown thinks rules do not apply to him.

    The credit card expenses mess while he was Mayor of Manukau City shows very clearly that Len does not believe that the rules apply to him.

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  27. J Mex (178 comments) says:

    “The mayor has advised two-thirds of the calls and texts he made to Ms Chuang were of a personal nature.”

    So ~450 of those calls were business related (according to Brown)

    Our mayor has business calling an Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel member 450 times in less than a year?

    He’s an idiot. Or he thinks we are. Or both.

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  28. Kimble (4,092 comments) says:

    Apparently he counted the call as work-related if he uttered the phrase, “its business time”.

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  29. Bad__Cat (117 comments) says:

    Len Brown, LABOUR Mayor of Auckland, is a disgrace.

    As he is LABOUR, MSM should ask the LABOUR Leader for an unequivocal should he resign, Yes or No?

    Yeah, like that will happen!!

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  30. Bill Ted (59 comments) says:

    He could have gotten away with this, if only he hadn’t lied to the media. That one lie will drive them to hang him up. Likelihood of a John Campbell interview tonight?

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  31. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    Len has this to say to all you haters:

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  32. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    He could have gotten away with this

    Except for those meddling kids.

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  33. wrightingright (132 comments) says:

    “Ms Chuang has never been, and is currently not, included on the list of official translators maintained by council.”

    *If* she was on the list that is only even worse! And I bet it would be because of the influence of Len Brown that she’d be on such a list, which would be even further corruption….

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  34. nasska (9,520 comments) says:

    Another John Campbell interview? I can just imagine the hard questions that will be asked.

    “Mayor Brown….have all the nasty allegations affected your health & family relationships in any way?” (box of tissues is pushed towards the Mayor as he starts to blub & beg forgiveness from his family).

    The lefties of the MSM will protect their man….take it to the bank.

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  35. berend (1,601 comments) says:

    DPF: Also the Auckland Council needs to take action and at a minimum censure the Mayor for his use of Council resources and his failure to disclose gifts.

    Keep dreaming. Lefties never have to resign about little stuff like this.

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  36. secondcumming (77 comments) says:

    As the parents of two highly qualified and hardworking teenage daughters, what do we tell THEM to do when approached by some balding old sleazeball in a cheap suit, offering to advance their careers in return for a few nights of illicit sex at a luxury hotel? I wonder if Len’s wife could answer that for us……

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  37. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    Thanks for your analysis David.

    Excellent. :-)

    Look, Brown is going to attempt to tough this out. What Rudman, the left wing pussy, wrote today is indicative of the wall that the MSM have constricted around red LENNY. Legally, there may be little that can be done. But inquiry after inquiry will so weaken Brown that he will be nothing more than a shell, doing the bidding of his idiot socialist colleagues.

    If the MSM wishes to regain any trust, Mazda Campbell and his attack she wolf, for example, should eviscerate him. But I will have MORE chance of winning lotto tomorrow than seeing them do that.

    PS….. A hat doff to Whale. Justified in every respect. Thanks.

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  38. Tauhei Notts (1,509 comments) says:

    What I am looking for is an elected councillor or councillors who exclaim;
    “There is not enough room in council chambers for a liar and me. The mayor goes, or I go. My apologies to all those who voted for me but life is too short to spend it in the presence of a serial masturbator”.
    The first councillor who reacts in that manner will be a mayoral candidate at the next election.

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  39. motherof2boys (1 comment) says:

    Has his wife separated from him yet? She should ditch him, immediately. What a narcissistic scumbag he is, go Len, go.

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  41. nickb (3,629 comments) says:

    This whole sordid tale disgusts me and just demonstrates what an absolute lack of regard 2 Minute Len has for the proles.

    What is worst IMHO is accepting freebies from Skycity whilst publicly appearing to oppose pokies. It really raises the question (which hasn’t really been asked of him AFAIK) as to who else he is receiving gifts from and not declaring?

    Man, I have heard so many anecdotal stories of corruption within the Auckland City Council that nothing really surprises me anymore.

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  42. Sofia (780 comments) says:

    Funny, no comment that I have seen from the likes of Bishop Brian Tamaki.
    Is Brown fit to lead the City of Auckland, Brian?
    Or do you support Len, as he said he hoped Auckland would? You’ve all got in behind [so to speak]?

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  43. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    I’m not sure what’s worse. The fact the Mayor appears to think this ridiculous situation is acceptable, or the people, who just don’t seem to care governance standards have sunk to this level.

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  44. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Brown will be on Campbell Live tonight for and “extended interview”.

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  45. thedavincimode (6,119 comments) says:

    Things have probably moved well beyond the face “slapping”. He needs to start using the rolling pin.

    Spare a thought for his poor family. It was bad enough that he got his daughters to write that letter. But he continues to humiliate his wife and embarrass the rest of his family the longer this drags out. And now, once again, after everything thing he has put them through, he is shown to have lied yet again.

    The fact that he is prepared to put his family through this says more than anything about him than the rest of this business.

    I wonder if they will be making some alterations to the Council building so that he can slither into his office unnoticed. In the meantime, he could just put a paper bag over his head.

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  46. nasska (9,520 comments) says:

    ….” “extended interview”.”…..

    Cuddles!

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  47. thedavincimode (6,119 comments) says:

    Exactly nasska. No doubt the Thunderbirds puppet will just give him another blowjob.

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  48. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    “Brown will be on Campbell Live tonight for and “extended interview”.

    I’m sure “Killer” Campbell will go all Paxman on his ass.

    And I’m also sure Cunliffe is a fine statesman of the highest order, the greatest PM in waiting who has ever lived.

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  49. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    Legally, there may be little that can be done. But inquiry after inquiry will so weaken Brown that he will be nothing more than a shell, doing the bidding of his idiot socialist colleagues.

    You go, girl!

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  50. trout (865 comments) says:

    There are legal sanctions that can be applied. Len has not disclosed gifts or benefits; in particular freebies from Sky City, (in the knowledge that the Convention Centre was a hot political issue.) The report is probably the tip of the iceberg; this guy is a serial trougher. It is time the Auditor General stepped in (if only to show that corrupt practices in Local Authorities are unacceptable) and replaced Len with a Commissioner until a by election can be held. Unfortunately Ms. Provost is proving to be a delicate flower when it comes to exercising authority (note the Kaipara fiasco).

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  51. OneTrack (1,967 comments) says:

    “DPF: But not late at night when he says he worked late. And he can always take public transport”

    But, public transport is for other people. Len is above that.

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  52. thedavincimode (6,119 comments) says:

    hmmokeydokey

    Don’t shake his hand.

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  53. davidp (3,320 comments) says:

    So, now it is time for the next two investigations:

    1. An investigation in to the secret Hong Kong trip. Why was it secret? Who went with him? Who paid?

    2. An investigation in to the OIA violations, where the Mayor’s office didn’t release information it was required to by law and instead lied about it.

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  54. OneTrack (1,967 comments) says:

    “Imagine if he was national and not labour..”

    All that would happen is that everybody currently saying there was no problem, nothing to see here, move along, would suddenly have a damascus moment and start baying for blood. Its ok when the left does it.

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  55. kowtow (6,706 comments) says:

    Corrupt, must go.

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  56. Sofia (780 comments) says:

    June 28, 2013
    The Auckland Council has voted not to support the $400 million national convention centre for pokies deal on the eve of the Government and SkyCity signing off the deal.

    In a conscience vote, the council voted 10-7 yesterday not to support “the Government’s proposal for SkyCity to develop a convention centre in return for changes in our gambling legislation to increase gambling at the SkyCity casino”.

    Mayor Len Brown – a strong supporter of the deal and who has pushed for harm minimisation measures – voted against the motion by City Vision councillor Cathy Casey, who urged the mayor to stop being a cheerleader for SkyCity.

    * Mrs Fletcher abstained because of a possible conflict of interest in her role as a Motutapu Restoration trustee. The trust has received funding from SkyCity.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10893526

    Pants Down Brown, Impartial SkyCity Cheerleader

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  57. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    The Hong Kong trip:

    Chief Executive statement: EY Independent Review
    Doug McKay
    Chief Executive, Auckland Council

    During the course of EY’s review, I was asked about the Mayor’s trip to Hong Kong undertaken in January 2013. The Mayor was a guest of the Hong Kong Government and all costs for flights, accommodation and hotel meal expenses were funded by the Hong Kong Government. The Mayor did not claim any expenses. No staff or support services, such as a translator, accompanied the Mayor.

    That does not rule out someone other than “staff or support services, such as a translator” accompanying Brown to Hong Kong.

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  58. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Curious – the Hong Kong trip isn’t in the full report. But another Hong Kong trip is.

    Independent review
    December 2013
    10
    2.3 Other
    As a result of (iii) of the scope of our review, further matters arose that required consideration:
    2.3.1
    International travel
    Background
    In the course of our review, we examined international travel to identify whether Ms Chuang travelled with the mayor in her capacity as an EPAP member and/or as a personal guest of the mayor.

    In examining international travel, we reviewed a trip by the mayor to China and Hong Kong in November 2011 as part of a NZTA initiative. The mayor’s flights and accommodation for the NZTA portion of the trip were funded by NZTA. The trip involved an extension to Guangzhou which was non NZTA related and paid by council. One Mayoral Office staff member accompanied the mayor. All costs related to this staff member’s travel were paid by council.

    Findings
    1. Ms Chuang did not accompany the mayor on this trip (or any other council trip internationally or domestically).

    2. The mayor’s proposed NZTA itinerary was rearranged by Mayoral Office staff to reduce the planned official activities on the evening of the 11 November 2011.

    3. On that night, the mayor advises us he had dinner in the hotel restaurant with the Mayoral Office staff member who accompanied him on the trip and a personal friend the mayor advises us he knows well. This person had been requested by the mayor to provide translation services on the Guangzhou extension (13 and 14 November 2011). No evidence of payment has been found for these translation services. The Mayoral Office staff member has advised us she has no recollection of the dinner or attending the dinner.

    4. The dinner cost NZ$134.93 ($647.50 RMB) and was paid for by the Mayoral Office staff member using their personal credit card and claimed back from council via the council expense claim process.

    5. The mayor has advised the dinner was council related business. However, council emails we reviewed refer to at times, to the dinner being “private” and/or “personal”. On 9 November 2011, an email between council staff was exchanged highlighting NZTA were not comfortable to pay for this personal friend of the mayor’s meal cost on the Friday night and could the accompanying council staff member “discreetly arrange to pay for her meal”.

    6. Because the dinner cost included hospitality for a personal friend of the mayor, a question arises whether the full cost of the dinner should have been a council expense.

    Claiming it was business but discussing it privately as personal – “a personal friend the mayor advises us he knows well”. Who provided translation services at no charge.

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  59. kiwi in america (2,336 comments) says:

    I’m sure John Campbell will savage Len with another wet bus ticket. I’ve felt from the outset that Brown will tough this out – largely because he has no boss and there appears to be no mechanism of censure or body given the legal power to hold the mayor accountable. He continues to make a mockery of his office and boxes on with no shame in the face of obvious public ridicule.

    I’m afraid unless Whale can produce another paramour’s affidavit, he’s never going to have the MSM hold him account, he has no caucus or PM to sack him, no State Services Commissioner equivalent to properly probe him and no consensus amongst Auckland City counselors that he should go.

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  60. nasska (9,520 comments) says:

    PG

    After today I doubt that it matters much what the mayoral member performs its two minute workouts in, nor where.

    What needs to be asked in neon lights nine yards high is what was the nature of the “business” that involved the secret trip to Hong Kong. The Chinese will be bidding for work & tendering to supply equipment for Len’s trainset.

    If everything is above board & squeaky clean why the secrecy?

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  61. Colville (1,774 comments) says:

    Just had a chat with a neighbour over the fence…he happens to be a teacher… not that you should read anything into that…. :-)

    Talking about this I said I couldn’t believe Brown hadn’t quit…this guy is like well why should he…it’s a private thing…I asked him well what if John Key had taken free rooms from Sky City and hadn’t disclosed them…this guys exact words were….

    wait for it….

    “well that would be entirely different”

    I nearly smacked him with my hammer :-)

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  62. Fossil (6 comments) says:

    It’s tragic that many on the left are willing to defend Brown simply because he was outed by his political opponents. To avoid giving the right a victory, they ignore the fact that he can’t properly fill the office of mayor any longer. He has used all his political credit for his own protection. If he had actually stood as a Labour candidate, his party might have had some power to sanction him. He didn’t even have the courage to identify himself as Labour and the left should cut its losses and do all it can to get rid of him.

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  63. martinh (830 comments) says:

    i thought that was a good interview by Campbell.

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  64. mikemikemikemike (239 comments) says:

    I said previously that I didn’t care if the Mayor had an affair – there is almost no one around who hasn’t done something deeply shameful and regrettable. He gets the honour of his misdeeds being played out in public. I do have an issue with his use of his position to get his way, but this is no different to many of our MP’s from all sides of the political spectrum playing the game to get their way (look at the MP’s expenses and the resulting entitlement culture that has developed).

    Mayor Brown should resign not because spin doctors like DPF and ‘journalists’ like WO work themselves into a frothy mouthed frenzy spouting off reasons why he should, he shouldn’t resign because he can’t keep his dick in his pants. Len Brown should resign because he has shown a lack of integrity with his continual lies, Len Brown should resign because of all the dum shit he has done wrong recently – it is the one thing he could do right.

    Of course, the question then has to be asked who else is there? I would prefer a politically neutral mayor – I’m sick of these National/Labour endorsed ones…I want my Mayor to run Auckland for Aucklanders.

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  65. nasska (9,520 comments) says:

    ….”Just had a chat with a neighbour over the fence…he happens to be a teacher”…..

    You haven’t thought of moving to a better, more salubrious neighbourhood have you Colville? :)

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  66. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    If it is good enough for the political left to ask for the head of John Banks for a false disclosure, then why is the non disclosure of $30000 worth of free rooms or upgrades, as well as the non disclosure of the trip to Hong Kong, and the use of the cell phone and mayoral limo to carry on the affair suddenly such a forgivable offense?

    Why the double standard from the lefties?

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  67. stigie (630 comments) says:

    Shit, i do feel very sorry for Lens wife, having that lying prick around.

    Cant see it lasting much longer though with the outcome today !!~

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  68. lilman (664 comments) says:

    Seriously the entire council is just pathetic,I would never ever let a slimy lying dishonest person like this arsehole have a seconds peace ,at every moment I would question anything or everything that he has a part in or a comment on with the phrase,Im sorry Mayor because of your history of lying to everyone can we take anything you have to say on this matter seriously?

    Fuck him.

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  69. stigie (630 comments) says:

    Slightly says
    Why the double standard from the lefties?

    Hell, its all ok when the left do it. Nothing to see etc…..

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  70. hmmokrightitis (1,458 comments) says:

    TDM, yeah, not shaking that hand, no matter what my poor old mum would say about manners.

    To be honest, I wouldnt piss on him if he were afire.

    And please tell me Im not the only one. Shes ugly, pig friggen ugly, and a dirty slapper to boot. Mind you, when youre short, ugly and take two minutes to get to the gravy stroke, your options are limited I suppose.

    The man is just dead icky.

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  71. doggone7 (487 comments) says:

    lilman

    Every councillor who can’t get on with attempting to improve Auckland and deal with the real serious issues should resign.

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  72. Nostradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    It’s interesting to go back and read the mayor talks to Bernard Orsman – 22 October 2013 – again in light of today’s report.

    Key quotes:

    Is there anything more to come out that people need to know about?

    There had better not be. I have made full disclosure with regard to this matter and it has been horrendous for my family, and that is it.

    Have there been other affairs?

    There is a matter on record in terms of my first marriage but I am not going to go into that … suffice to say that is a matter that has been acknowledged. It was reported. Not that I’m aware [in recent times].

    I have made full disclosure with regard to this matter.

    Now, if the Kiwiblog commenter SPC is lurking out there, hello! Would you like to have another go at “simply explaining [Brown's] answer” (your words)?

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  73. Sofia (780 comments) says:

    It appears the Independent Review does not establish that Len Brown and Bevan Chuang booked or received free rooms, so it fails to corroborate Chuang’s claims. Brown told Campbell his wife arranged payment for all accommodation.

    19. On three occasions in 2012, I met Mr Brown at hotels in Auckland where we had sex. The hotels were the Hilton, the Langham and SkyCity …
    Chuang http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/10/exclusive-affidavit/

    Regardless of freebies or not, Mayor Brown exposed himself to the possibility of blackmail or ‘pressure’ in Sky City issues, which seems to be been rather unfortunate judgement on his part, although he was probably not thinking with his brain at the time.

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  74. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    All you dumb Jafa’s seem to have got the Mayor you deserve. We spit on you all for voting for him.

    If I could do Chinese instead of French taunting to you all I would!

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  75. sbk (299 comments) says:

    enough is enough…2 min Len…gives meaning to the sign….”back in 5 mins”…shit he could have done the deed..cooked his noodles,ate,and still been back in time for snuggles…or a early call for a “all hands to the pumps” meeting…snigger snigger…guffaw…roflol…what the fuck did he need a hotel room……..

    Simply put…damaged…point being,”who else wants to go with him”

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  76. blondewithaniq (18 comments) says:

    Len Brown should resign. John Banks should resign..They are both as morally and ethically bankrupt as each other.
    They are comparable because both of them seem to rely on some weird idea that what they have done in the past abusing their position and power means they are above the rest of us..
    A lameduck Mayor and a Lameduck Party leader and the recent lameduck reports carried out by those who have little more credibility with the public at large now than the IPA or whoever ‘guided’ Crown law in the Whittal case & demonstrably show how wrong the perception Index placing of no corruption in NZ is..

    The definition of corrupt practices needs more than a tweak too.
    It needs to be fully interpreted to include conflicts of cronyism, corporate collusion and look at post employment separation and revolving door placements
    The rest of us have to adhere to codes of conduct. So should those WE pay to be in charge. What a joke!

    Incidentally that casino sits like a noxious magnetic toad in the centre of our CBD tainting the city and everyone who comes into contact with it..It needs no convention centre or complimentary knocking shop to go along with all those who have done deals behind closed doors there..
    The sooner the better.
    Mikemilemikemike
    ‘I would prefer a politically neutral mayor – I’m sick of these National/Labour endorsed ones…I want my Mayor to run Auckland for Aucklanders.’ Me too and others .. That’s why so many voted for Penny..;-)

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  77. drizzleseal (3 comments) says:

    The argument will undoubtedly continue concerning whether or not a politician’s disposition will affect his or her capacity to serve in office. For me morality has a big impact on a politician’s profession that is why he should do the right thing and that is to resign.

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  78. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Brown told Campbell his wife arranged payment for all accommodation.

    Yes, he said something like that. For the times used hotels with Chuang? That would be quite unusual wouldn’t it? Unless, contrary to what he implied, they weren’t all for family use.

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  79. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    @BernardOrsman
    Len Brown set to announce new Chinese hotel for Auckland. Seriously.

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  80. Manolo (12,626 comments) says:

    He must resign but he won’t.
    The amoral Brown knows no decency and will hang on to the job with his foolish family supporting him.

    Accountability is no longer alive in today’s NZ.

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  81. Johnboy (13,386 comments) says:

    He has to hang on. Who else would give the creep a job other than the stupid ratepayers of Jafaville Manolo? :)

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  82. sbk (299 comments) says:

    “his wife arranged payment for all accommodation.”…a twisted take of “for better or worse”..begs?

    but PG ..the guy has got no decency.

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  83. MH (558 comments) says:

    there is another way out of this,get Hide back and amalgamate immediately with Hamilton as a super super City.

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  84. sbk (299 comments) says:

    “Accountability is no longer alive in today’s NZ.”….ok,..who is in charge…..Party,Party…Party

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  85. elscorcho (144 comments) says:

    Can the rightists stop tilting at windmills? No leftists are excusing 2 Minute Len’s behaviour.

    As a socialist/left-winger, I despise what Len has done. His filthy behaviour is as far from left wing behaviour as can be imagined and would fit better with a medieval duke.

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  86. Reid (15,541 comments) says:

    Can the rightists stop tilting at windmills? No leftists are excusing 2 Minute Len’s behaviour.

    Alan @ 5.01

    It’s all a bit meh, should have declared the hotel rooms, but frankly nothing to hang him on.

    I’d imagine he has no intention of resignation and that is fair enough.

    So d’ya think Alan’s a conservative then?

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  87. Reid (15,541 comments) says:

    His filthy behaviour is as far from left wing behaviour as can be imagined and would fit better with a medieval duke.

    No it’s not, it’s common. We’re talking about sleaze and dishonesty then lying and obfuscating about it when you’re caught. When Hulun was in power, she set the standard for it. Remember the painting, remember the speeding, remember the way she setup Turia (which she did by lying to her), etc etc etc etc much worse, much much worse, etc etc etc etc.

    It’s your side, elscorcho, you chose it mate. So live with it. Just don’t deny you guys do it, all-the-time.

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  88. sbk (299 comments) says:

    “but frankly nothing to hang him on.”…nah…his wife was sick.

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  89. Lance (2,309 comments) says:

    You lefties making pathetic excuses for Len are fucking pitiful.

    Look at yourselves, look at what you are defending just because he is a fellow lefty. Did you ever think you would become so morally bankrupt?

    When did you sell out?

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  90. sbk (299 comments) says:

    “but frankly nothing to hang him on.”…nah…his wife was sick…..

    the mother of his kids…was he honest,,was he honest with us.

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  91. Tom Jackson (2,235 comments) says:

    As a socialist/left-winger, I despise what Len has done. His filthy behaviour is as far from left wing behaviour as can be imagined and would fit better with a medieval duke.

    None of it is political corruption or criminal activity.

    We’re talking about sleaze and dishonesty then lying and obfuscating about it when you’re caught

    About his personal life. So what?

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  92. Reid (15,541 comments) says:

    None of it is political corruption or criminal activity.

    He’s a serial liar in the honesty declaration stakes, Tom. That’s fact one.

    He was having an affair while his wife was sick with cancer. That’s fact two.

    He’s never accepted any responsibility for any of this, instead he blames those who blew the whistle. Fact three.

    He led Chuang into a game where she was always going to be in over her head, and when it went wrong, he threw her to the wolves. Fact four.

    I could go on.

    Does this sound like acceptable behaviour for a politician as senior as say Joyce? That’s how senior Brown is. Is the above OK, in your book?

    Apparently, it is.

    Forgive us for having higher standards than you, won’t you Tom. Some of us just need honesty, integrity and ethics in our politicians. Shame you clearly don’t think that’s important, at all, in any way. I wonder who’s wrong: you, or us?

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  93. Nostradamus (2,769 comments) says:

    Tom Jackson:

    Do you think this was acceptable behaviour from a mayor:

    Among the allegations – which are backed up by text messages – are that “barely two-minute Brown” had unprotected sex with the 32-year-old on more than a dozen occasions during office hours.

    This, says the woman, included numerous times in Brown’s council office and once in the “Ngati Whatua Room” at the Auckland Town Hall – an area of special significance to Maori – where they were caught in the act by a security guard.

    She says she and Brown were having sex in the Ngati Whatua Room at the Auckland Town Hall when a security guard burst in through the door.

    “It was horrific. I had no clothes on and Len had his pants down around his ankles. The security guy was clearly embarrassed and made some apologetic noises before closing the door and leaving.

    “Len was distressed, saying ‘This is it, this is it… how are we going to get out of this.”

    You say there was no political corruption or criminal activity. Forget about all of that. I’m interested in whether you think this was acceptable behaviour from a mayor.

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  94. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    Mayors do not work 9 to 5 (nor do many CEO’s) as they have out of hours duties, and so they take time off during normal office hours.

    OK it is just wrong to have sex that just lasts 2 minute, unless you want to finish before being caught by a security guard – then it would have made sense.

    And what is wrong with being in a monogamous relationship so that protected sex is not necessary?

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  95. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    Reid, is an affair OK provided the wife is not receiving cancer treatment? Affairs are more common when the married couple are not sexually active, as is quite possible when one is receiving cancer treatment.

    The idea that a woman in her thirties is victim of her own actions in consenting to being in a sexual relationship is a hard sell. Does being the other woman in an affair make her a victim? Did you see Brash’s second wife as a victim. Or only a victim when he had another affair while she was his wife?

    The idea that being a white man and a politician/elected into public office means having power and thus any sexual relationship involves an undue exercise of male primacy is terribly PC. Why do some men sound like feminists when they regard women as vulnerable and needing protection from sexual consort with other men.

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  96. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    DPF,

    Every person provided with a car also uses them for private use. This is generally expected.

    Quibbling about her being given a few rides home in the mayoral car when she was offering free translation services to the Mayor (saving the council money) is churlish.

    The council never paid any money for his hotel use. No ratepayer or taxpayer money was involved, he was not an MP charging it to parliamentary expenses.

    Generally rooms were paid for except on a minority of occasions, such as his wife’s 50th. A gift to him or to her (as she often made room bookings).

    Where the rooms were not charged, (gifts over $300 disclosed) then there was a failure of implementation of the process of disclosure.

    Hotels provide free upgrades to (regular) guests to market to win repeat custom – their form of loyalty card.

    So the upgrades are a non-issue, as it is a matter of custom for the free upgrades to be offered to guests. Note that most of his hotel use was in the first 18 months of his first term, so he was for a while one of their significant regulars.

    Whether there would need to be a disclosure of the gift of the upgrade is a precedent setting matter. If so, what next, receive a cash gift from a store for loyal custom and have to declare it to IRD as taxable income? What sort of right wingers want to go down that path?

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  97. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    As per the phone use, payment is made after private use, when is not stated.

    He paid for the 2011/2012 use in late 2012. Form would indicate the 2012/2103 phone private use would have been paid by now, were it not for the investigation.

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  98. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    Nostradamus, so there is still no other woman.

    As for full disclosure re hotel freebies, she said they regularly received free rooms. One of the 4 times was a freebie. He said there were no freebies when they were using hotel rooms together.

    Most of the freebies were on other occasions, as were the upgrades. Guess the upgrades and all but one freebie were limited to when his wife made the bookings.

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  99. All_on_Red (941 comments) says:

    FFS SPC, you can’t have a Mayor who wanks off in his office. Also it’s pretty clear he’s pretty loose with his expenses. Hide had to go for less and so did Worth.
    I want a by-election and Brown can put it to the vote again if he thinks it’s all ok.

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  100. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    All on Red, you can have a Mayor who wanks off in his office – and Auckland did during his first term.

    As far as I know he has not continued with this practice since his re-election. And none of the matters under investigation involve actions during his current term.

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  101. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    “I never liked him because he is clearly a sanctimonius phoney and a communist, but was prepared to see the second term through. Not now.”

    And you only just learned he is a communist duggledork? What would Godwin have to say about that?

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  102. Colville (1,774 comments) says:

    Interesting to see the Stuff poll is now 3 to 1 in favour of Brown quitting.
    Was 2 to 1 in favour of him staying initially.
    He will stay in office for sure now he knows he has ZERO chance of ever being elected again.

    Good to see some Councilors comming out publicly and saying he needs to go.

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  103. All_on_Red (941 comments) says:

    SPC,
    He’s a fucking figurehead and representative of our City. Your low standards and obvious bias is pretty poor.
    If he was an MP or a CEO of a company he would be gone.
    Your views do say a lot about you I’m afraid.

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  104. jackinabox (352 comments) says:

    He’s the worst kind of traitor, that the people of Auckland don’t run him out of town show’s what a gutless and depraved bunch they are.

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  105. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    All on Red, name one MP who has resigned for having an affair. Or one who has resigned without spending one cent of taxpayer money for personal use.

    And yes, I am aware that when the right is out to get someone they will launch personal attacks on anyone who does not agree.

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  106. Nostalgia-NZ (4,688 comments) says:

    I think old Lenny may have duped himself. He made the right move by admitting the affair, if he’d acknowledged anything else connected with that at the outset it would have all been in one ‘package.’ Instead he has successfully manoeuvred himself out of one storm and into another, added slime onto slime. It was more manageable to some extent that he was ‘fallen into sin’ because of lust, and apologised to his wife and the city for that, however to do that and still know the details of the extent of what he had done by misusing his office was not revealed ‘front up’ as the affair was has damned him imo. He’s a poor manager, he’s misled the public as to who he is and what he represents even when ‘fessing up’ – he should go. I somehow now think the Christmas break in which he no doubt considered he would rebuild his reserves will work the other way and the pubic mood may fester on the issue that he wasn’t truthful at a point when he was really asking to be forgiven.

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  107. duggledog (1,112 comments) says:

    Richard Worth

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  108. SPC (4,658 comments) says:

    duggledog, I don’t recall the Worth matter as involving a consensual sexual relationship.

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  109. Pete George (21,812 comments) says:

    Fair comments Nostalgia-NZ. Lying about problem is a cardinal sin in politics, and Brown has lied on a number of things to try and diminish responsibility.

    But I dom’t know if he has the capacity for reflection over the Christmas break, that seems to have been absent so far.

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  110. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    I say we give him a second chance.

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  111. All_on_Red (941 comments) says:

    I agree with you Yoza. He should resign and he can have a second chance at the polls. Let democracy do it’s work.

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  112. ChardonnayGuy (1,023 comments) says:

    In terms of the calculus of potential damage, Brown’s record of hotel expenses during his extramarital dalliance does cause one dismay. Personally, I think it’s deeply hypocritical of him to crusade to criminalise street sex work while this was going on. Would conservative posters also agree that crack-smoking, inebriated Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should similarly step down, given the magnitude of his offending?

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  113. Dean Papa (621 comments) says:

    This shows why NZ always does well in the so called “Corruption perceptions index”. Too many are attempting to explain away Len’s actions and behaviour as mere trivialties or errors of judgement. He should have declared those upgrades, especially the ones from Sky City. Why didn’t he? An honest man would have. Len does not deserve to be Mayor of Auckland.

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  114. Brian of Mt Wgtn (18 comments) says:

    Like Fran O’ said in the news this morning ” This is not a left or right thing ” and she is dead right. It is a right or wrong or another way to look at it is ” Honest or Dishonest “. He has lied through his eye teeth more times than one can remember and imho he now has no mandate to run Auckland. He thinks he does and the only way to prove it is to stand down and redo the election for mayor. Cost should not even come into it when he has wasted 100s of 1000s of dollars on his spin factory, legal and the EY report. If he got revoted then fine let him get on with it but if all this info had come out a couple of months before the last election I am bloody sure he would be doing something else.
    Do the honorable thing and resign so we can get someone with a bit more integrity and who is honest.

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  115. Nick552 (1 comment) says:

    The accumulative cost of conducting that independent review is a bigger waste to ratepayer money than what Len Brown has ever spent on his mistress.

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  116. Chris R (61 comments) says:

    It is piss-poor that there are those on the Council who aren’t demanding his resignation as of now!

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  117. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    I want to know about the Hong Kong trip with a “female” friend” who went as an unpaid translator and this trip wasn’t declared either. FFS

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  118. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Nick552

    Do fuck off, I can say that because you obviously like being treated like a prick. Brown has been caught out lying bare fucking faced so many time I have lost count. If he was your kid this arse hole wouldn’t be allowed out of his room until he was 157 years old. In fact that’s what he is a fucking child

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  119. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Credit cards
    Hotels rooms
    references
    Hong Kong trip – hasnt even answered this one yet

    Phil Heatly stood down over two bottles of fucking wine that he was probably entitled to anyway.

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  120. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    Nostalgia-NZ (4,214 comments) says:

    December 14th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I think old Lenny may have duped himself.

    *****
    Excellent analysis.

    When I look at some of the arguments put forward in his defence I despair. To think that such folk believe they are by birth right empowered to rule. That is the sort of mentality we see from the Kim family gangsters every day., Come to think of it, Brown and his apologists would be better off in North Korea. It goes without saying that NZ would be much improved by their emigration.

    AND…
    like PEB, I note that there are many questions than the A-G could and should ask.

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  121. MH (558 comments) says:

    The Chuang reference has been framed and is on display at the Public Art Gallery,next to Winston’s NO.
    He gives a difference meaning to the word Mayor-oil. Stupid lubricant.

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  122. Nostalgia-NZ (4,688 comments) says:

    ‘If he was your kid this arse hole wouldn’t be allowed out of his room until he was 157 years old.’

    That may need to be a vault shaped into a horse, with an engraving on the last stone directly under the horse’s tail, ‘Herein is dirty, dirty, naughty Len, please let him out in 2113.’

    He’s lost the plot, he knew what was in the report. He should have broken the ‘news’ first in a public statement. He’s reduced himself to a little boy in the locker room, standing in a puddle, who didn’t make it to the toilet.

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  123. MH (558 comments) says:

    http–www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz-SiteCollectionDocuments-aboutcouncil-governingbody-codeofconductelectedmembers.pdf

    for what it’s worth a PDF copy of the Code of Conduct Auckland Council

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  124. ChardonnayGuy (1,023 comments) says:

    If this fallout continues, I think that the Auckland Council could be looking at a lame-duck mayor. Incidentally, are there any term limits in the Auckland Council supercity enabling legislation? Shouldn’t there be?

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