The Herald reports:
Deputy Mayor penny hulse and Penny Webster, the other two on the negotiating group, are staying quiet.
Mr Brown told the Herald last week that when councillors set up a group last month to enter into binding negotiations, the resolution was the settlement would be confidential.
Of course it must be made public. The Auckland Council is a public organisation and has public accounts, plus the payment could be requested under the LGOIMA. i'd be amazed if the Ombudsman ruled that such a payment could be deemed commercially sensitive or confidential.
We are still waiting to hear also the full cost of the inquiry. The legal fees incurred when the Mayor lawyered up are rumoured to be well in excess of the direct cost of the inquiry itself.