Well Done Len

Len Brown has broken his silence and come out backing his board at Ports of Auckland:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has issued an ultimatum to the Maritime Union in the bitter industrial dispute on the city’s wharves, saying there must be more flexibility in work practices to make the port more productive and profitable for the council.

In his first interview since news of the port’s loss of Fonterra export business broke last Wednesday, Mr Brown said he expected the stoush between Ports of Auckland and the union to be resolved soon.

“I would encourage them to do everything they can as loyal Aucklanders to resolve this issue without any further unnecessary time wasting,” he said.

Mr Brown – a member of the Labour Party who received a $2000 donation from the Maritime Union towards his 2010 election campaign – yesterday said the board and management of the 100 per cent council-owned port company had his full confidence but he refused to express confidence in the union, which he was not responsible for.

Mr Brown said the donation did not mean he was in the pocket of the union.

Good to see and perhaps Len Brown will be a bit more careful in future about accepting donations from union, though it is more likely that he will simply hide it like he did for the vast majority of his other donation via a secret trust.

The Maritime Union needs to pull its head in now rather than rely on Hobbit Haters and failed campaign managers for spreading their message

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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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