The Herald editorial:
Mr Brown ought to have resigned a long time ago. He has done no good for Auckland by remaining in office once it had become obvious to all around him that he could not again be effective. For two years, the council has been drifting and fractious, lacking leadership in the position that was given more executive power than any other in New Zealand local government.
His decision not to seek re-election next year is the next best thing to an admission that he no longer should be there.
His main legacy will be the 9.9% rates increased after he promised 2.5%.