Censure is the minimum for the Mayor with no contrition

December 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Secret talks are being held this weekend among Auckland councillors who say the city has been “humiliated” by the affair and want the wayward mayor censured and his powers reined in.

The Sunday Star-Times understands a cross-party group of councillors has taken legal advice over what measures can be taken to censure Brown and to bring greater oversight to the mayoral office.

The code of conduct for the Council will be meaningless if the Council does nothing to enforce it.

But the Star-Times understands there is serious discontent with Brown and the EY report across party lines.

Some councillors who had been prepared to continue working with Brown for the benefit of Auckland were stunned by his lack of contrition after the report was released and believe some form of formal censure needs to be handed down. “There is an arrogance and a sense of entitlement there,” the councillor said.

Brown seems to think he has done absolutely nothing wrong. He has been exposed as someone who lied to the media, and did use Council resources for his affair – the phone calls, the limos etc.

The HoS also reports:

Councillors are shaken by Friday’s damning EY audit report, which found the mayor had made 1375 calls and texts to his mistress, Bevan Chuang, and failed to declare $39,000 in free hotel rooms and upgrades.

He breached the council’s code of conduct, by not declaring hotels rooms, an NRL grand final ticket and an iPad (which he auctioned for charity).

Brown took three free hotel nights and five upgrades at SkyCity hotels during the time he was championing the pokies-for-convention-centre deal.

Strangely Labour have been silent on this. Imagine what they would be saying if the Mayor wasn’t a member of the Labour Party.

Brown has apologised for misleading Aucklanders. He said he had wrongly claimed he paid for all the hotel trysts with Chuang out of his own pocket, putting it down to “not having full power of recollection”.

Bullshit. Chuang made the claim, and Brown denied it entirely. How is it credible that Chuang would have perfect recollection of it, yet Brown (the one who had the room booked and was responsible for paying it) would not.

Waitakere’s Linda Cooper said the governing body could censure Brown and most councillors expected an apology. “If he was in central government politics he’d be gone. People do stupid things … it’s how they respond to that and how they redeem themselves that’s important. I don’t see any of that happening, and that’s what I’m disappointed in.”

Pansy Wong resigned for far less. Lianne Dalziel was sacked for a lie.

Also on another note, once again Brown laundered his donations through a trust:

By far Brown’s biggest donor, though, was the New Trust, which chipped in $273,375. The trust allows donors to hide their identities when they make contributions.

Brown’s campaign spokesman Lewis said the trust was not breaking any laws as many donations were made to the trust before rules around anonymous donations were changed.

They knew the law was changing, yet they still used a trust to keep their big donors secret. Did Sky City donate again?

 

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44 Responses to “Censure is the minimum for the Mayor with no contrition”

  1. duggledog (1,111 comments) says:

    The guy is a laughing stock. A grasping, desperate, philandering, whitewashing, phoney, disappointment.

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  2. gump (1,228 comments) says:

    He really needs to resign.

    The evidence in the EY report is damning. It cannot and should not be ignored.

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  3. WineOh (428 comments) says:

    Who has the power to ‘sack’ a mayor??

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  4. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    All eyes should now be on the council. If they don’t do all in their powers to remove/censure/punish him, then it will be clear they find his behaviour “within tolerance”.

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  5. wiseowl (576 comments) says:

    And the National Government has given greater powers to Mayors under changes to the LGA .

    Super City, super problems.

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  6. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    The minimum the corrupt Len Brown should get is a vote of censure from the Council.
    Lusty Len is unfit for office: once a crook, always a crook.

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  7. thor42 (773 comments) says:

    Censure is *not good enough*. The guy must be fired.

    If he is just slapped with a wet bus ticket, he will still be a lame-duck mayor.
    That is not good enough for Auckland. Someone in power needs to get some BALLS and get this guy kicked out.

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  8. cha (3,537 comments) says:

    That is not good enough for Auckland. Someone in power needs to get some BALLS and get this guy kicked out.

    Conniptions ahoy!.

    Noun 1. conniption – a display of bad temper conniption – a display of bad temper; “he had a fit”; “she threw a tantrum”; “he made a scene”
    fit, tantrum, scene
    bad temper, ill temper – a persisting angry mood

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  9. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Why has no one asked Cunliffe about Brown?

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  10. tvb (3,941 comments) says:

    Len’s support on the Sky city deal was helpful to sky city. But let us see whether he is really honest and once bought he stays bought. I suspect he will change his mind on sky city and I assume the hotel deals will become public.

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  11. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Who is the labour party local body spokesman?

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Is John Campbell Diane Sawyer in disguise?

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  13. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    But PEB,
    surely the MSM would not be so diligent as to actually press Cunners as they have pressed J Key?

    That would be expecting too much, would it not?????

    Is the LP spokeswallah Twyford?????

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  14. duggledog (1,111 comments) says:

    PEB – nobody has asked Cunliffe about his stable mate Brown because the media (for it is they who should be asking) are either supportive of the left in principle, or are very cognisant of the fact that once the political landscape changes, which it will one day, anybody whose political stripes are at odds with the left will be ‘up against the wall’ (figuratively speaking of course).

    As a journalist, you’d only have to look at how the Standard etc deal with dissenting posters for a good idea of where you’re headed. It’s quite clear. The left is venomous and vengeful.

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  15. dime (8,752 comments) says:

    does anyone know if len is in his office today? jerking off all over himself…

    what a nasty, selfish little man. if he loved this city like he tells us he does, he would fuck off.

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  16. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    (for it is they who should be asking)

    Gower et al are too busy wanking on about someone taking photos’s of dropped fag butts and sausages.

    Someone will know this.
    When was the last journalist kicked out of the press gallery? It appears that the press gallery have assimilated the sense of entitlement and self importance that is the hall mark of the little committee men they are meant to report on, report = relay facts to the public!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. flipper (3,270 comments) says:

    PEB….
    Don’t know the answer.

    But the only person who can do that is Mr Speaker – by withdrawing accreditation. Scribes cannot. They C E O Asses.

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  18. Liberty (211 comments) says:

    “By far Brown’s biggest donor, though, was the New Auckland Council Trust, which chipped in $273,375. The trust allows donors to hide their identities when they make contributions.”
    one rule for Len Brown one rule for John Banks
    Could someone explain why John Banks is being persecuted by the state.

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  19. projectman (190 comments) says:

    Wiseowl (“And the National Government has given greater powers to Mayors under changes to the LGA. Super City, super problems.”)

    Don’t pass this back to the Goverment. The problem rests purely and simply with Len Brown, who has demonstrated over and again in this affair that he is not fit to lead Auckland City. He is a disgrace and demeans the position.

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  20. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    This is my favourite:

    … Auckland councillors who say the city has been “humiliated” by the Len Brown affair …”

    What a stupid thing to say. How can a city be humiliated? As if hundreds of thousands of Aucklanders struggle with the embarrassment of facing the rest of the country because of the activity of their Mayor.

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  21. Sofia (780 comments) says:

    The humiliation may be with those who voted for a church-going family-man, who tuned out two days later to be a commandment-breaking lying adulterer, and they are stuck with their choice – knowing that if you are dishonest in little things like your marriage, what else is game.

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  22. dime (8,752 comments) says:

    Lol can someone take note of these yoza quotes.. Just for next time someone on the right Fucks up. We can just apply the yoza standard.

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  23. Paulus (2,296 comments) says:

    The Labour Council will censure Brown with a wet bus ticket.

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  24. stigie (630 comments) says:

    “Brown seems to think he has done absolutely nothing wrong”

    This is all so fucking typical of the left.
    If this was a right leaning mayor, he/she would have gone a long time ago.
    Fuck, they piss me off no end !!` [Rant over]

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  25. secondcumming (77 comments) says:

    Brown’s majority powerbase is centered in South Auckland, where the vast preponderance of voters wouldn’t give a flying fuk about what he does or who he does it with. You only now need to look around the central city and the other more affluent suburbs, to see how Brown has ‘brought the South to town’. The place is looking like an unkempt disgrace, but the Mayor no doubt feels right at home among ‘his people’. As every right thinking ratepayer knows, Brown has been hopelessly compromised by the EY report, and if he had even a skerrick of honour left, the horrible slimy cheating prick would tender his resignation as mayor to the good people of Auckland. Brown has crossed the line in more ways than one and now needs to be held to account.

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  26. wikiriwhis business (3,286 comments) says:

    ‘How is it credible that Chuang would have perfect recollection of it, yet Brown (the one who had the room booked and was responsible for paying it) would not.”

    There’s a pattern emerging here.

    J Key lost his memory this year as well. and we all know J Banks took a chopper ride to see Dotcom to ask for a contribution which completely slipped his mind.

    All these people share a very common ground with Bush 1 who forgot where he was on the day of JFK’s assassanation.

    Photographic evidence showed he was at Dalley Plaza on the very day!!!

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  27. wiseowl (576 comments) says:

    Projectman.That may well be correct but giving more power to Mayors is asking for trouble.The hidden agenda to create more super cities is going to give ratepayers around the country a major problem with power crazy pollies.We need more accountability to ratepayers and taxpayers, not less.

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  28. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    dime (7,928 comments) says:
    December 15th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Lol can someone take note of these yoza quotes.. Just for next time someone on the right Fucks up. We can just apply the yoza standard.

    You are confused, dime. I don’t regard Len Brown as ‘left-wing’, and I don’t really give a toss if he loses the Mayoralty over this exaggerated mole-hill. The best thing that can be said about Len Brown is, at least, he isn’t John Banks.

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  29. martinh (830 comments) says:

    The big question i have is Len lied about getting free hotel rooms,, yet the EY report confirmed that he lied.
    Brown says his free rooms from Skycity were all on one night in FEb 2011 for his wifes birthday. Bevan however says he took free rooms with her at Skycity- which were after june 2011.

    Surely the auditor general should be looking at this. Either Len or Bevan is lying about this major point of corruption speculation- Importantly at this point Len is the one who has being found out lying about the free hotel rooms to date

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  30. wikiriwhis business (3,286 comments) says:

    I think I can safely say I can restrain further comment on the Brown saga now. Except to say J Banks makes a white sheet look gray. Brown’s has no hint of white whatsoever.

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  31. OneTrack (1,967 comments) says:

    wiki – “common ground with Bush 1 who forgot where he was on the day of JFK’s assassination”

    Rubbish. Everybody knows it was George W Bush on the grassy knoll. With the lead pipe.

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  32. OneTrack (1,967 comments) says:

    Yoza – “You are confused, dime. I don’t regard Len Brown as ‘left-wing’,”

    But you don’t regard Marx as left-wing either.

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  33. wikiriwhis business (3,286 comments) says:

    ‘Rubbish. Everybody knows it was George W Bush on the grassy knoll. With the lead pipe.’

    There was of course huge offical denial that any shooting occured from teh grassy Knoll

    That can be disparaged imediately as the crowd immediately raced to the grassy knoll where shots came from.

    No one looked up to where LHO was supposed to have shot from.

    Also of interest, secret service men were ordered down from running beside kennedy’s vehicle moments before the shooting. There was a protest from one agent. Completely out of protocol and the secet servicemen were even allowed to drink teh night before which is normally forbidden on the eve of a major security operation.

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  34. Zapper (843 comments) says:

    wiki, you’re either lying or sadly uninformed about the JFK assassination. I’ve been researching it for 20 years and at one point believed in conspiracy. The more research you do, the more obvious it is what happened.

    You were lied to about the witnesses:

    http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/shots.htm

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  35. Zapper (843 comments) says:

    Oh and people running up the knoll? Not straight after the shooting. A policeman on a motorbike who had been some way behind the President’s car, arrived on the scene and ran on to the knoll. People followed because they thought he was chasing a shooter, not because they heard or saw shots from behind the fence.

    “The “rush” to the knoll actually occurred over a minute after the shots, and was triggered by a Dallas motorcycle policeman in the parade, Clyde Haygood, who had no firsthand knowledge of the shot direction. Officer Haygood was a block away when he heard the first of three shots. After racing to Elm Street, he stopped just pass the fallen Newman family, parked his cycle, and ran up to confer with a policemen he saw on the railbridge. Only then did people start running up after him, falsely thinking he was after a culprit.”

    http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/organ3.htm

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  36. Chuck Bird (4,410 comments) says:

    There can be no doubt that the public way Brown committed adultery cost ratepayer well in excess of $100 for the EY report, lawyers and and spin doctors’ costs.

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  37. wat dabney (3,455 comments) says:

    Don’t overlook the fact that Brown actually saved ratepayers’ money with this ‘free translation service.’

    “What’s the Chinese for ‘can I cum on your tits’?”

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  38. secondcumming (77 comments) says:

    wat dabney…..not entirely sure about translation….but this may be close:

    “Confucius say, man with tool in womans mouth, not necessarily dentist”

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  39. Keeping Stock (9,788 comments) says:

    Dear Labour-aligned councillors

    Leadership is about doing what is right, not what the party wants you to do. You were elected to provide leadership for Auckland, and tomorrow would be the perfect opportunity to show that you are deserving of the support you received from electors.

    Kind regards…

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  40. wat dabney (3,455 comments) says:

    A translator who can speak with her mouth full is talented indeed.

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  41. dirtbag (15 comments) says:

    I feel terrible for that poor translator.

    2 minutes of Len fucken Brown haunched over her, wheezing and sweating!

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  42. stigie (630 comments) says:

    Damn, you are a dirtbag…Dirtbag !~

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  43. lazza (296 comments) says:

    To Our Auckalnd Councillors …

    For the little it may be worth … FYI just One Man’s View … I have held off making a call on our disgraceful Mayor … until now.

    Today I read the blog (below) which says in words what I have been thinking and captures my feelings perfectly.

    I respectfully ask you all to … “reflect then act”.

    Your call of course … but I wonder if you share my/our “shame”?

    Quote:

    Looking at “face of the day” [Len Brown and Doug McKay] it struck me that it’s the first time I have ever felt ashamed to be an Aucklander.

    I have always been extremely proud that my ancestors chose to settle here in the 1840s and that people like them transformed a fencible settlement into a bustling, commercially successful , physically beautiful and highly “liveable” city.

    I find it hard to believe that the disgraceful conduct of our mayor is effectively condoned by a weak and complicit council and executive, and that we are more than likely facing three years of mayoral stewardship by a deeply compromised, recidivist trougher with all the sniggering and innuendo that means.

    How can this have anything but a catastrophic effect on our national and international reputation?

    I’m off to walk the dog in that wonderful legacy that is Cornwall Park and as I do I’ll be pondering on what the forefathers who built this city would have made of this situation.

    — kaykaybee

    Could not have said it better myself.

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  44. Yoza (1,348 comments) says:

    OneTrack (1,305 comments) says:
    December 15th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yoza – “You are confused, dime. I don’t regard Len Brown as ‘left-wing’,”

    But you don’t regard Marx as left-wing either.

    I would regard Marx as authoritarian-left, if that’s any help.

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