Brown to be censured

December 17th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Mayor has lost a firm grip on the Super City after an unprecedented message from councillors yesterday to shape up or ship out.

Councillor Dick Quax went one step further and called for the mayor to resign immediately, saying Aucklanders had lost confidence in Mr Brown, who stood to be paid $750,000 over the next three years for a lame-duck role.

The Mayor is doing almost no public meetings or functions. I think he will be surprised at how hostile a reception he will get when he does try and resume them.

The vast majority of councillors, however, decided to censure the mayor at Thursday’s council meeting, discuss Mr Brown meeting some costs for a $100,000-plus review into his behaviour and clip the wings of the mayoral office.

This will include greater oversight and control by councillors of the mayor and his office, which has wide powers, a $4 million budget and up to six spin doctors.

Brown has more spin doctors than the entire Labour parliamentary party.

The censure is actually very beneficial for Brown. If the Council had done nothing, then resentment would continue to build. The censure means there is a possibility of that being the end of the matter.

However there are still unanswered questions over the secret trip to Hong Kong, other people who have provided unofficial translation services for the Mayor, related LGOIMA requests etc.

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51 Responses to “Brown to be censured”

  1. Manolo (14,166 comments) says:

    The immoral Brown couldn’t care less about any censure motion.
    He knows no shame as long as his salary is being paid.

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  2. KiwiGreg (3,278 comments) says:

    Having paid little attention to the detail of the “super city” plan I am astonished there seems to be almost no constitutional control over the mayor. If this was the US we could at least have a recall petition!

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  3. Sofia (857 comments) says:

    Local elections are held once every three years.
    The period investigated in the EY Review was supposedly the duration of Brown’s two year affair with Bevan Chuang, and reveals the non-declaration of over $40,000 rooms and upgrades.
    What is being done about checking declarations for the year earlier?

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  4. labrator (1,851 comments) says:

    Penny Bright will be on to this corruption in no time flat.

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  5. lilman (973 comments) says:

    This lying,masturbating,screwing,2 minute wonder should be made to pay all costs regarding the probe and then sacked.

    HES A COMPLETE KNOB.

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  6. Sam A (18 comments) says:

    Len Brown, a New Zealand politician, recieved personal benefits worth $39,000 as a result of his position, while concurrently providing the support of his political office to one of the entities who provided those benefits.
    The New Zealand courts ruled that another New Zealand politician recieved personal benefits worth $27,000 as a result of his position, while concurrently providing the support of his political office to the providers of those benefits.
    His penalty? Six years imprisonment.
    His name? Taito Phillip Field.
    Cut and shut.
    Is this justice and equity in our fair and corruption-free land?

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  7. All_on_Red (1,742 comments) says:

    LBIAFC

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  8. Harriet (5,200 comments) says:

    “……The Mayor is doing almost no public meetings or functions. I think he will be surprised at how hostile a reception he will get when he does try and resume them…..”

    No shit….Zuma got booed at Mandelas funeral!….so the likes of Eden Park will be Brown’s graveyard! :cool:

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  9. redqueen (596 comments) says:

    Will be interesting to see next year’s corruption index results…

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  10. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    I think he will be surprised at how hostile a reception he will get when he does try and resume them.

    Only if he hasn’t read his facebook page recently…

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  11. Peter (1,694 comments) says:

    That wet bus ticket must be mighty painful. Oh, censured! Oh, I’m sure Len is hurting! Oh the pain and humiliation!

    Tuis.

    It’s not just Len who is a disgrace, it’s many on the council now, too. “We can’t do much”, they cry.

    Yeah, that much is obvious.

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  12. Liberty (277 comments) says:

    Brown and Clark have a lot in common . Both raving Socialist
    Both treated the populace with contempt. Brown with shaggate etc etc
    Clark with Paintergate and cardgate etc etc
    Both failed to take responsibility by resigning.
    Meanwhile John Banks resigned as a Minister and is being persecuted by the state
    For what?

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  13. Reg (128 comments) says:

    Good point Sam A,
    I suppose the difference is that Brown currently has the support of the Labour Party and it propoganda machine. Field lost this due to his socially conservative views and was fed to he dogs.

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  14. Chuck Bird (4,892 comments) says:

    The vote that Len should resign is 96%. Let’s see if we can make it 99%.

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/regak/1225196780-len-brown-may-be-asked-to-pay-costs-of-report?ref=poll

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  15. Harriet (5,200 comments) says:

    Of course he would stay on for $750k……as he’s just lost half of his assets.

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  16. nasska (12,095 comments) says:

    ….”However there are still unanswered questions over the secret trip to Hong Kong…..”….

    This has the potential to make hotel upgrades & unreimbursed costs for text messages pale into insignificance. The Chinese will want a piece of Lying Len’s trainset ripoff & we’re talking billions here.

    To ankle tap a bullshitting socialist follow the trail of OPM….it’s infallible.

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  17. ChardonnayGuy (1,231 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, in Toronto… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Ford

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  18. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    How’s “the mayor in the chair” thing coming along?

    Or is it now more “mayor in hiding”?
    Or “mayor on the couch”?
    Or “mayor the lying cheating toad”?
    Or “mayor with a few more secrets”? (that he says he doesn’t have).
    Or my personal favourite…. “mayor that must go”?

    And where are the media on this? Have any Labour heads been interviewed on the dirty mayor?
    I don’t see why we don’t protest and drag the lying cheating filthy mayor out of office by his testicles.

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  19. Sofia (857 comments) says:

    abrator – Penny Bright will be on to this corruption in no time flat.

    She is already – and for once her verbose ramblings do make a little sense
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/12/danyl_cuts_through.html#comment-1249847

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  20. Chris2 (775 comments) says:

    As Brown is a publicly known and confirmed long-term serial adulterer (cheated on his first wife, cheated on his second wife) there is, based on this past behaviour, likely to be other mistresses.

    It would only take one of them brave enough to come forward and blow the whistle, and it would be all over for Brown. That fear will be with him everyday he wakes up. Watch him visibly age over the next little while.

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  21. Harriet (5,200 comments) says:

    “Short, wrong, and pompous is no way to go through life, son.” – Dean Wormer :cool:

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  22. Sam A (18 comments) says:

    Correct, Reg. Field was truly fed to the dogs the moment Helen Clark decided that he was a political liability. If it wasn’t for Brown’s army of spin doctors and the Auckland Council structure, he wouldn’t have lasted this long. Kim Dotcom is another example of what spin doctors can do for you, but that’s another story…

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  23. Chuck Bird (4,892 comments) says:

    The Len Brown Song

    http://www.zmonline.com/player/ondemand/len-brown-song

    I heard another one on RadioLive with words the includes, “we pay the rate while Len masturbates.”

    Does and one have a source?

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  24. publicwatchdog (3,125 comments) says:

    errr….. ‘sofia’ – when you make a formal complaint to the SFO alleging ‘bribery and corruption’ – it is important that you have the FACTS and EVIDENCE to back it up?

    I understand that concept might seem a bit outlandish for some Kiwibloggers? ;)

    (Meant of course in a caring way :)

    Penny Bright

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  25. Manolo (14,166 comments) says:

    Bravo, Miss Dim. You’re not alone anymore: you have the corrupt Len Brown to keep you company.

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  26. Liberty (277 comments) says:

    Chuck Bird
    The len Brown song
    This song is better

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  27. publicwatchdog (3,125 comments) says:

    And what are YOU doing to hold Mayor Len Brown accountable ‘Boyolo’ apart from ‘howling at the moon’?

    Oh – that’s right – NOTHING.

    (Meant of course in a caring way …… :)

    Penny Bright

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  28. Chuck Bird (4,892 comments) says:

    @Liberty

    Thanks

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  29. Ross12 (1,484 comments) says:

    Penny — the way I read Sofia’s comment, she is supporting you.

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  30. Nostalgia-NZ (5,318 comments) says:

    Manolo as always, baying from the side lines – at least Penny Bright fronts up while Manolo just moans in the same dreary voice.

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  31. labrator (1,851 comments) says:

    She is already – and for once her verbose ramblings do make a little sense

    I don’t read any one who can’t write a succinct comment in a few lines. The copy and paste heroes should learn how linking works, especially the delusional ones.

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  32. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “Sofia (622 comments) says:

    December 17th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    abrator – Penny Bright will be on to this corruption in no time flat.

    She is already – and for once her verbose ramblings do make a little sense”

    And if Len Brown was a Right Wing Mayor you’d be saying that Penny Bright is talking shite again.

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  33. OneTrack (3,350 comments) says:

    “And if Len Brown was a Right Wing Mayor you’d be saying that Penny Bright is talking shite again”

    But because Len Brown is a hard-left mayor, you’d be saying he can do no wrong and the sun shines out his backside.

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  34. doggone7 (846 comments) says:

    “…benefits worth $39,000…”

    Stuff that might have been charged out at $39,000 if the Olympic Games were on in Auckland?

    Stuff that was likely to have been charged out at $39,000 in the circumstances as they were?

    $39,000 as an amount that sounds (and looks) dramatic as well as bad?

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  35. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “But because Len Brown is a hard-left mayor, you’d be saying he can do no wrong and the sun shines out his backside.”

    Me, I think Len’s a dirty low down fornicating traitor that should be stoned to death.

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  36. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    Cunliffe should be very concerned at the Narcissistic and inappropriate actions taken by the Labour Mayor and Labour Councillors.

    This will linger right though to the General Election, unless the cheating liar Brown goes.
    It will do Auckland Labour candidates no good by political association.

    Brown has a serious psychological problem, as he cannot see the damage he is doing to himself, his family, Auckland Ratepayers and above all Labour Party.

    The more his brain functions in the way it is doing, the more damage will be the sad conclusion, as he becomes more delusional – like Nero.

    Labour Party – wake up and smell the roses, not dead ones.

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  37. publicwatchdog (3,125 comments) says:

    errr…. ‘Labrator’ – I posted a copy of the FORMAL COMPLAINT to the SFO – which rather obviously, (I would have thought) is not the same as a ‘comment’ on a blog?

    ( Well – perhaps that is not obvious to you ‘Labrator’? )

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  38. Reid (16,683 comments) says:

    The censure means there is a possibility of that being the end of the matter.

    No he’s a dead man walking and he knows it, everyone does. Cam has given the only credible reason why he’s hanging on. He’s waiting for Goff to get himself lined up so Goff can run for the mayoralty.

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  39. Nostalgia-NZ (5,318 comments) says:

    I think the ‘censure’ has played into his hands. It has deflected attention off Brown as the public wait to see what the Council will do, in fact the man is so thick skinned on the one hand and capable of being a blubbering apologist on the other hand – a censure is simple grist for the mill to him, one which offers him breathing space toward the important, for him, Christmas break.

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  40. publicwatchdog (3,125 comments) says:

    FYI Kiwibloggers – this is the LAW that applies to Local Government elected representatives:

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2002/0084/latest/DLM175643.html

    Vacation of office by members

    1 Disqualification of members

    (1)A person’s office as member of a local authority is vacated if the person, while holding office as a member of the local authority,—

    (a) ceases to be an elector or becomes disqualified for
    registration as an elector under the Electoral Act 1993;
    or

    (b) is convicted of an offence punishable by a term of
    imprisonment of 2 years or more.

    (2)If subclause (1)(b) applies,—

    (a) the disqualification does not take effect—

    (i) until the expiration of the time for appealing against
    the conviction or decision; or

    (ii) if there is an appeal against the conviction or
    decision, until the appeal is determined; and

    (b) the person is deemed to have been granted leave of
    absence until the expiration of that time, and is not
    capable of acting as a member during that time.

    (3) A person may not do an act as a member while disqualified under subclause (1) or while on leave of absence under subclause (2).
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM328753.html

    105 Corruption and bribery of official

    (1) Every official is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who, whether within New Zealand or elsewhere, corruptly accepts or obtains, or agrees or offers to accept or attempts to obtain, any bribe for himself or any other person in respect of any act done or omitted, or to be done or omitted, by him in his official capacity.

    (2) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years who corruptly gives or offers or agrees to give any bribe to any person with intent to influence any official in respect of any act or omission by him in his official capacity.

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM328730.html

    99 Interpretation

    In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires,—
    bribe means any money, valuable consideration, office, or employment, or any benefit, whether direct or indirect

    official means any person in the service of Her Majesty in right of New Zealand (whether that service is honorary or not, and whether it is within or outside New Zealand), or any member or employee of any local authority or public body, or any person employed in the education service within the meaning of the State Sector Act 1988.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright

    (Complaint to SFO available here: http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz )

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  41. OneTrack (3,350 comments) says:

    So, what is a “censure” anyway?

    Is it something like they all stand around Len in a circle and say “You’ve been a very naughty boy”, and then they all shake hands, slap each on the back and head off to a long lunch at Volare, with Len’s council credit card?

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  42. oob (192 comments) says:

    This ‘censure’ is simply whitewash and political theatre. Panem et Circenses.

    The Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, who along with Len Brown is a staunch member of the Labour Party, has been tasked with performing this whitewash. The aim is to placate the ratepayers who want Len Brown gone by appearing to call Len Brown to account, without actually doing so.

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  43. Sofia (857 comments) says:

    “In many ways my Christian beliefs, the issues around fairness, justice, compassion, hard work – sort of both Old and New Testament – are very much at the heart of what I drive out for. You know, public service is applied Christianity in many ways, you are giving of yourself, tending to the alto rather than ego and I am very much in this business as a representative of the people, not myself.”
    https://soundcloud.com/pat-brittenden/len-brown-policy

    This is what Brown sold himself as.
    We now know different.

    While you spent office hours sexting or doing the act in Council rooms, the Council seems to have functioned adequately without your full input for two years.

    Regarding your judgment, the fact that you say you plan staying on despite polls that show from 75% to 98% want you to go, indicates you haven’t learnt a fucking thing and are still making major mistakes.

    Pants Down Brown, stand down

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  44. MH (830 comments) says:

    No,candles will be lit and held by all councillors, then a sensuous censoress will come in bathed in glistening baby oil and slither up and down until he vacates the chair,all to be filmed in the nicest possible way. John Campbell will be there to report in case more comes to hand. News that is.
    If its Brown,flush it down,

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  45. Peter (1,694 comments) says:

    Is censure when the council pretends to do something, followed by Len pretending to give a f**k?

    That’ll learn him.

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  46. burt (7,424 comments) says:

    Wasn’t Winston Peters censured by the privileges committee for filing dishonest electoral returns and misleading parliament … I hope Len isn’t punished as severely as that – crikey Winston had to re-file a few years worth of returns… Excessive punishment for breaking the laws passed to protect democracy.

    It’s ruined his parliamentary career – doh !!!

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  47. Nostalgia-NZ (5,318 comments) says:

    I hope he won’t be naked under his Mayoral gown and texting Bevan that ‘it hurts so good’ when this severe reprimand is dished out to him.

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  48. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    Hopefully Graham McCready will find time for Len after he’s sorted Cunnlips. I’d donate some cash for that one! :)

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  49. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    Censure??

    So, for penalty and repentance, Len gets a jolly good telling off…

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  50. MH (830 comments) says:

    Maybe the 2 councillors Quax and Walker will run him out of town

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  51. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    Brown has just been censured by NZ Herald - Editorial: Brown must go for the good of the Super City

    Tomorrow, Auckland councillors will not only formally censure Mr Brown but begin a process designed to clip the wings of the mayoral office. If that happens, the Super City may no longer have a leader with the independent authority to drive things forward. The only means of avoiding that outcome is for Mr Brown to resign. He must go in the interests of Auckland and Aucklanders.

    The EY review into his conduct, commissioned by the council chief executive, did not condemn him outright.

    But nor did it save him. It did nothing to lessen the certainty that Mr Brown will remain a running gag at barbecues and Christmas gatherings around the city over coming weeks – and beyond. Going into next year, however, the joke will be on all of us if the Super City governance is compromised.

    The corrosive nature of all this is compounded by doubts that remain and the questions still unanswered – not least in relation to the reference for a job at the Auckland Art Gallery that he provided for Ms Chuang, and his trip to Hong Kong. There is also the foolishness of his free night and upgrades at Sky City while he was advocating the national convention-centre deal.

    As it stands, if Mr Brown stays he will be constrained by any council oversight committee. He is referred to widely and accurately as a lame duck but Auckland cannot let that characteristic be passed to whomever succeeds him in the mayoral office.

    A change of face, voice and reputation will give Auckland a far better chance of fulfilling Mr Brown’s ambitions for the city.

    The affair and all the apologies are one thing but the lax accountability over grace, favour and entitlements and the potential emasculation of his office by the council leave little chance of him regaining the respect of Aucklanders.

    Ands some Twitter reaction: Quacks on Brown duck

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