Len appoints deputy, throws inclusiveness out the window

Len Brown hasn’t even met all of his new councillors yet and he has already appointed Penny Hulse as his deputy. The left lean of Auckland just got lefter. So much for inclusiveness. He has also made some key appointments that show how incumbency will be difficult to overcome.

So far, Mr Brown has made two appointments to the mayoral office. His campaign manager, Conor Roberts, will be his chief political adviser. Phil Wilson, who manages the offices of the Mayor and chief executive at Manukau City Council, will be chief of staff.

That is going to put pressure on any opponent, having a full time, ratepayer funded spin weasel political advisor.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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