Len Brown

The Simpsons Already Did It

You can’t go for 10+ seasons and not cover most of the possible plot lines available to you.  Which is why, The Simpsons frequently have snippets that appear to be prophetic or apply to current situations.

Of course, they take advantage of archetypes.

One of them being a corrupt, troughing, shameless mayor…

The Mayor for ALL of Auckland. Except me. And you. And some others.

Len Brown has blocked me from his Facebook page.  How pointless is that?

Not content with providing various works of fiction under Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, the massaging of truth continues unabated on the Mayor’s Facebook page.

But you can only fool some of the people all of the time.

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It is all about the kids Len says.    Read more »

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50 Shades of Brown, by OMG (Parody)

Awesome work.

The Show Must Go On

Instructions:  Start the music.  It’s by Queen.  And this photo is about the Queen’s Baton.  You can’t make this up.

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Hey Len, just a reminder

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Breaks the rules, can’t keep his pants zipped, unfit to be mayor

Phil Wilson in the Mayor’s office has fessed up to “mistakes”.  The NZ Herald finally gets around to starting to hold Len Brown to account.

Perhaps they have heard the whispers about the content of the EY report and have decided to be on the winning side.

Len Brown’s office last night confirmed that the Auckland Mayor has not complied with the council code of conduct rules over a trip to Hong Kong.

Responding to an urgent request under official information laws by the Herald, Mr Brown’s chief of staff, Phil Wilson, owned up after chief executive Doug McKay allowed the issue to simmer for two days.

Mr Wilson said he understood Mr Brown did not file an annual return of interests by July 31 under the code of conduct because it was under review at the time.

“As a consequence, elected members – and myself on Len’s behalf – did not file returns understanding they would be requested to do so at a later date,” Mr Wilson said.

The code of conduct matter is the latest in a string of issues about the trip, which has been shrouded in mystery and controversy.

Even though Phil Wilson is throwing himself under the bus it is actually the Mayor who is responsible for filing those documents.   Read more »

Fran O’Sullivan on Brown’s bullying and corporate governence

Fran O’Sullivan doesn’t mince words when talking about and dissecting the recent actions of Auckland’s power mad mayor.

Her article is on the NZ Herald website.

There is a suspicion that the mayor’s office is now charging ahead with too many initiatives simply to take the heat off [Len] Brown on other fronts. The manner in which Len Brown deploys his considerable powers as Mayor of Auckland deserves greater scrutiny by elected members of the Auckland Council.

Formally the Mayor of Auckland is legislatively tasked with promoting and leading a vision for Auckland, as well as leading the development of council plans, policies and budgets.

Brown occupies one of the most powerful positions in New Zealand. It is a position which clearly vests a great deal of trust in any incumbent – far too much, in my view – allowing them to push through too many personal policy platforms without requiring them to be appropriately put to the test other than support from councillors.

In Brown’s case, the most recent example was his advocacy for a living wage policy which he managed to get through the council’s budget committee, with help from a couple of Independent Maori Statutory Board members (including John Tamihere), to give him the requisite majority of 11 to nine in a vote.

A substantial policy initiative – like a living wage – should be debated thoroughly on the basis of full background papers on its implications for the broader council finances.  Read more »

Len Brown’s office bullying Taxpayers Union with threats of legal action

This morning the NBR reports of bullying from the Mayors office over support for the now discredited unitary plan.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is ordering council-controlled organisations (CCOs) to fall into line over the controversial unitary plan.

Mr Brown’s office released the text of a November 15 letter yesterday after a request by NBR ONLINE.

Not only does the letter demand the CCOs resolve issues behind closed doors – not always to the satisfaction of those bodies – but he also wants their representatives to appear together before the unitary plan hearing panel and to show a united front.

The tone of the mayor’s letter has been described as “quite threatening” by one person on the council payroll and comes amid Mr Brown’s review of the CCO structure, which the re-elected mayor says is necessary to ensure ratepayers are getting value for money.

In his letter, Mr Brown says the council has an internal process to identify and resolve issues over the council’s submission to the plan.

Most issues are expected to be fully resolved, he writes, but he warns there may be matters “that the council cannot agree to in the exact way that a CCO may wish.”

They will be subject to ongoing discussion and resolution, the letter says, with the ability for issues to be escalated to chief executive level and, if necessary, to Auckland Development Committee chair and deputy mayor Penny Hulse.

“I do not think it is appropriate for a CCO to make a formal submission to the hearings panel independent of the council’s submission,” Mr Brown says.

“In bringing together the eight councils of the Auckland region, there was a clear public expectation that the days of councils using ratepayers’ money to have lawyers and planners fight each other in court were over – we do not need to replace this with the council and CCOs following a similar process.”

NBR ONLINE invited Mr Brown, through chief press secretary Glyn Jones, to explain why it was necessary to write the letter but he has not responded.  Read more »

Councillor mans up, take note Len

A Whanganui councillor has fronted regarding a cannabis charge.

Unlike many in politics he hasn’t attempted to hide behind the skirts of name suppression or gone to ground refusing to talk.

This is in stark contrast to Len Brown who only now appears at stage managed events, refusing to speak about his dodgy ratbag character.

Whanganui’s youngest councillor is facing a drugs charge after his house was raided by police.

Jack Bullock, 23, was arrested on Friday as part of a wider police operation in Whanganui, in which 17 people were arrested.

He was charged with possession of cannabis after police arrived at his home with a search warrant, he said yesterday.

“I’m not overly happy about it, but I’m taking each day as it comes. I just know I do have that support out there, and that won’t change with what I’m facing at the moment.”

He declined to say how he would plead when he appeared in the Whanganui District Court next month, saying he had not discussed the matter with his lawyer.  Read more »

The Brown Defence continues to gain traction in local body politics

The Brown Defence (“no matter what I’ve done wrong, it is personal and won’t affect my ability to perform in an official capacity“) is gaining momentum as a credible response to any wrongdoing.

Whanganui’s youngest councillor is facing a drugs charge after his house was raided by police.

Jack Bullock, 23, was arrested on Friday as part of a wider police operation in Whanganui, in which 17 people were arrested.

He was charged with possession of cannabis after police arrived at his home with a search warrant, he said yesterday.

“I’m not overly happy about it, but I’m taking each day as it comes. I just know I do have that support out there, and that won’t change with what I’m facing at the moment.”

Sounds like he’s not happy about getting caught, but the people are still behind him.  But wait, the Brown Defence is still to play out in full   Read more »